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March Madness is in FULL swing!!!

by Janice McElroy




5 Reasons for a Family Move to Reno, NV

by Janice McElroy

5 Reasons for a Family Move to Reno, NV

Although Reno doesn’t take up much space in popular imaginings of the west, it’s an attractive area to consider moving your family to for a number of reasons. It may not be Vegas, but it’s still a tourist town full of hotels, casinos and attractions, and it’s cheaper than California, which is twelve miles to the west. Reno, Nevada is on the come up, and everyone knows it. Ten years ago, most of downtown was a series of rundown casinos that offered somewhat fresh seafood buffets and dimly lit, cigarette-filled rooms full of slot machines. It was where mid-sized companies sent their employees when they couldn’t quite justify Las Vegas in the budget. But no longer.

Reno and the towns surrounding it are home to a number of highly rated restaurants, and the event calendar is always full. The benefit of living here over Vegas is the possibility to escape the glitter and glitz for the mountains nearby. The Truckee River, which snakes through downtown, is a popular open space where people can kayak, tube, and swim. Outside Reno proper, the Sierra Nevada range provides hiking and biking. It’s easy to escape the city entirely on a day trip to Lake Tahoe, which is about an hour's drive away.

And if you have a family, Reno can be even more exciting. The schools are good, the nature observatories are even better, and it’s one of the best places in the United States to teach your kids how to ski. Here are some of the best reasons to consider moving your family to Reno sooner than later.

1. Commuting is easy

Ten years ago, you could travel from one end of the fifteen-mile city to the other in ten minutes. That may no longer be the case as the population has increased, but the commute times from the Sparks area to Reno proper, or from north to south Reno, are still nothing compared to other metropolitan areas. That means you and the fam can press snooze on that alarm clock and still make it to school and work on time after a nutritious family breakfast.

2. Schools are good

There are 22 public elementary, middle and high schools in Reno. Reno also has 41 private schools. Three high schools are recognized on U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools rankings.

Reno is also home to two colleges and/or universities, one of which earned a place on U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings. A few years ago, Nevada experienced an emergency teacher shortage. Under public pressure, the state hired hundreds of new teachers to address the need. While buildings are still fairly outdated at some locations, the student to teacher ratio is now 20 to 1, which is lower than the state average. With the new influx of people, the tax base in Reno is becoming stronger and there are city-wide initiatives underway to bring funding to the schools. The public high schools tend to be large, with between 2,000-3,500 students in each. Sports teams are competitive, and students involved in extracurricular can expect to stay busy, even if their school only supports city-wide tournaments.

3. Community is important

Reno holds a city-wide community event at least once a month. In July, the city holds a month-long Artown arts and cultural festival. Then in August, check out the Hot August Nights classic car rally and in September, the Great Reno Balloon Race. All the while, sports fans can spend their evenings cheering on the Reno Aces baseball team, the Reno Bighorns basketball team and the UNR Wolf Pack football team. Residents also can enjoy local performances, including classical music concerts at the university, Broadway musicals at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts and shows at the many hotels and casinos.

4. There are family-friendly events everywhere

Reno's arts and culture scene is growing. Art walks, gallery showcases and Nevada Museum of Art exhibits premier frequently. Bring the family to the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery), the Animal Ark wildlife sanctuary and the area's many parks.

At any of the events, expect to find friendly people, plenty of dogs, and tons of other families. It’s easy to meet people in the area, and locals have a reputation for taking care of one another. Check out a local deal aggregator for deals on these activities and more.

5. The outdoors is at your doorstep

Reno is home to the tallest climbing wall in the United States and the Reno River Festival, one of the premier kayaking festivals in America. Best of all, to enjoy the Truckee River Whitewater Park, you don’t even have to leave the city. Simply strap your kayak to the top of your car and come downtown, where you’ll find a class 2 to three park that features 11 drop-pools, a race course, and plenty of other exciting features to get your feet wet. For those looking for the something outside of the city, head to Mt. Rose. While you can be on Lake Tahoe ski resorts in as little as 45 minutes, the best, most accessible ski resort is Mt. Rose, which you travel to in as few as 25 to 30 minutes. Mt. Rose boasts the highest base summit among Lake Tahoe Ski resorts, and features more than 1,300 acres of skiable terrain and 3 terrain parks. Whether your family is made up of hikers, bikers, skiers, or a combo, there is something everyone to explore around Reno. 

Love to knit, or do you prefer whitewater rafting?
Maybe you love to sell your jewelry on Etsy, or you give scrapbooks to your family as gifts each Christmas.

Whatever it is that you and your co-workers love to do on your time off, one of the most surprising ways to learn more about your co-workers is to discover their hobbies.

For example, maybe you’ll find out the soft spoken receptionist for the sales department loves to scream out rock and roll songs at the neighborhood karaoke bar! Or you’ll learn that your “tough as nails” supervisor makes glass beads for Beads of Courage.

When you take the time to share your hobby with others, you deepen their understanding of what you enjoy. This can increase their appreciation for who you are as a team member.

Why it’s important to choose a hobby

Some hobbies are more expensive than others (e.g. collecting antique cars). But all hobbies offer many benefits with little to no drawbacks.

Can relieve stress

  • Hobbies allow us to disengage from our everyday work and other obligations. They relieve stress and help to rejuvenate our minds and our bodies.

Challenge your brain

  • Some hobbies require more thought than others (e.g. playing chess). When you ask your brain to do something different, such as learning a new hobby, it stimulates your mind and forces it to form new thought patterns.

Allow you to leave a legacy

Imagine a homemade quilt, passed down through the family... an adventure filled story about your childhood... a scrapbook filled with your dreams, travels, family photos and stories... All are 

  • wonderful ways to leave a legacy for the generations which follow you. 

They’re all a type of hobby easily learned and can also be passed down from generation to generation.

Make a little extra cash if you want

Is your goal is to make your hobby pay for itself, or earn some extra income? Hobbies can be an enjoyable way to make money  doing what you love.

Have a hobby that you enjoy? Use this month - National Hobby Month - as a good reason to share that information with your co-workers.

You may find out one or more of them have similar interests outside of work, or each of you may be entirely different!

It doesn’t matter what kinds of hobbies you enjoy. The most important thing is taking the time to learn more about each other. Find ways to forge connections which help you function together as a well oiled machine.

7 Tips For Hiring a Moving Company When Moving to Reno

by Janice McElroy

Moving to Reno, Nevada?

Welcome! We hope you enjoy living in our beautiful state.

Whether you’re moving to Reno from across the country or moving across town, hiring a moving service can help make the move so much easier.

But how can you pick the right moving company? One that won’t lose your favorite set of clubs, or break your mother’s bone china?

Reputation is key when choosing a moving company - that’s why asking the right questions and getting the right information can make moving so much easier.

Answer the following 7 questions to help you narrow down the right moving company for your needs.

HHow long have they been in business?

There’s no substitute for experience, especially when delicate household items or complicated, heavy pieces need to be moved. Before you trust your belongings to a stranger, find out more about who you’re planning to do business with.

  • One way to find out more about a moving company is to ask for references.

A reputable business would be more than willing to provide this information and will answer any questions you may have, to help you feel comfortable doing business with them.

After all...they depend on maintaining a good reputation in the industry to help their business to thrive.

  • Ask friends or relatives for recommendations.

If you know anyone who has experience with a moving company ask them who they would recommend - or whom to avoid.

  • Check the reputation of a moving service online.

Look at online reviews and ratings on websites such as

2.    Are they licensed and insured?

A moving company that is licensed to move you across state lines will have a U.S. DOT number. This is a unique license, issued by the Department of Transportation that ensures the company has met certain safety standards.

Using this database, you can find out whether or not your mover is in compliance with Federal regulations and also whether or not they’re insured.

Don’t use a moving company until you’ve verified both their insurance and their licensing.

While this may seem obvious, in the rush to get things settled - especially when you have a new job waiting on you - it can be easy to ignore this advice and fall prey to a smooth talking salesman.

Take the time to ensure you’re dealing with a reputable mover.

Ask if your personal items are covered under your homeowners or renters policy. If they’re not, check into getting supplemental moving insurance.

Note: or are two good resources

3.    What’s their online reputation like?

Some good places to check the moving company’s reputation:

4.    What’s included in their rates?

Rates can often vary, depending upon things such as the time of year you’re moving, the day your moving, etc. so make sure you understand everything you’re being charged for.

Often, movers will give you a “non-binding” estimate.

This means you could pay much more (or sometimes less) than the estimate given, depending upon the costs incurred by the mover (e.g. if the move took longer or was heavier than expected).

When getting an estimate, ask the mover if they would provide a “binding” estimate. This will ensure that the price you’re quoted will be the price you pay when the move has been completed.

All charges should be laid out clearly in the quote, and include any add-ons and potential charges such as stairs, travel time, etc.

Note: Until the mover sees how much needs to be moved any quote will be general in nature. Get an in-home estimate for the most accurate quote.

5.    Will they protect your furniture from damage?

Typically, movers should wrap your furniture in large sheets of plastic and/or bubble wrap that is designed to protect it from nicks and scratches, as well as hold drawers in and keep cabinet drawers shut.

If your furniture needs to be able to “breathe”, movers can wrap it with moving blankets that both cushion and protect it from damage.

Delicate furniture items such as mirrors should be placed in boxes that are designed to reduce the chance of damage.

After items are protected, damages are further minimized with the use of tie downs to hold items in place during transport.

6.    Do they consolidate items or have a delivery window?

Often, movers will combine items from several individuals who are headed to the same destination.

This is known as consolidation.

While this can be a good way to save money, it can delay delivery because the shipper will need to make multiple stops. This practice is why movers will often quote a delivery window rather than a particular delivery date.

If you know that this is the case with your mover, you can pack up and keep items with you that you’ll need right away while you wait for the moving van(s) to finally arrive at your new home.

7.    Do they have any questions for you?

Your mover should have questions. If they don’t, yet they’re ready to provide an estimate, lose their number and keep looking for the right moving company.

Other things to know when hiring movers

  • Will there be any charges on top of what I’ve already been quoted?
  • Do you have a cancellation policy?
  • What forms of payment do you accept?
  • How long will the move take?
  • How can I reach the driver and/or your company?
  • Will my things get transferred to another company during the move?
  • Do you have any packing restrictions?
  • Will your company or another one be delivering my items?

Relocating can be hard.

Not only do you have the whole moving house thing, you’ve got to find a new place to land, and unless you’ve already got a job lined up, you need to find new employment.

And of course, you’ll need to find the best neighborhood, the best schools, the best places to shop, etc.

That’s why, if you’re considering moving to Reno, Nevada, it’s a good idea to find a real estate agent who can serve as a relocation specialist.

A relocation expert is the perfect individual to help you navigate your new home, and help you feel like you’ve been living in Reno all of your life!

How a Relocation Specialist Can Help

She can make your move as painless as possible

If you’ve ever made a big move to a new place, you realize that there’s so much more to the changes than simply moving from one place to another.

No matter where you go, there are certain aspects of living in an area that is well understood by its residents, but which take some time for newcomers to realize.

For example, where you now live you know the stores which are the cleanest and/or which have the best produce or lowest prices.

A relocation specialist can share these kinds of nuances with you, to help you feel more at home, more quickly.

She can reduce the stress of moving

When you engage the help of a relocation agent your stress levels will drop significantly, because you have an expert who knows what you need and can guide you each step of the way.

How it all works

You may be thinking, okay, I probably need a relocation specialist to help me move, but what can I expect?

If you’re thinking about a move to Reno - even if it’s not for some time - contact a relocation expert. The longer you have to plan your move, the less stressful it will be.

When you reach out with your questions and concerns, your relocation agent can give you advice that can help you make the decision that’s right for you.

Among other things you’ll learn what professionals you’re going to need to make your relocation as painless as possible.

Services provided by relocation experts

The services you need will depend upon your particular situation. Factors such as the size of your family, the location you’re moving too, how much stuff you have and your budget all play a part in what you’ll need.

Most relocation experts offer the following services:

Help selling your home

The agent will have contacts on the ground who can help you sell your home.

Finding the right moving company

Movers receive a lot of referrals from relocation specialists, so it’s possible to get a better deal than going it on your own.

    Help with packing

Relocation specialists can refer you to experts for help with your specialized items (e.g. collector cars, boats, etc.) that require extra special handling.

Finding a new home

Buying or renting, it doesn’t matter. A relocation expert can put you in touch with a reputable real estate agent who is an expert in your new location.

She can also help you navigate the closing process on your new home.

Getting settled in

Your relocation specialist can help you find the services and products you need the most, such as child care or new physicians, dentists, etc., as well as fun things to do in the area.


Since a relocation specialist receives referral fees from the vendors they do business with, most of the services a relocation specialist can offer won’t cost you at all.

Only things that need to be done “in-house” (e.g. help with taxes or payroll) will have a fee attached, and you’ll be made aware upfront of any and all costs you might incur.

To ensure that you’re working with a true professional, look for a relocation specialist who’s received the CRP (Certified Relocation Professional) and/or the GMS (Global Mobility Specialist) designations.

These certifications are administered by the trade group known as Worldwide ERC which has a searchable database that can help you find a service provider in your area.


4 Things Buyers Should Do When Hiring a Real Estate Agent

by Janice McElroy

If you’re buying a house in Reno it can be overwhelming when searching for the perfect home - especially if you’re moving to a new community.

  • You don’t know the “back roads” that will help you avoid traffic snarls as you head out to work, school or shopping.
  • You’re unsure which neighborhoods are the least safe or the most quiet so you drive through them at different times of day, hoping to get a “feel” for what it might be like living there.
  • And you don’t want to end up paying too much for your house or moving into a “depressed” neighborhood.


So you consider hiring a real estate agent, but you don’t want to hire just anyone - you need someone who can help you find a home that you love at a price that suits your budget.

Before you grab the yellow pages - or your smartphone - and start dialing numbers, take the following 5 things into consideration as you’re searching for a real estate agent in Reno who can help you find your dream home:

1.    Find a real estate agent who knows the area


Because they know the areas that will match up with your needs and wants, saving you time and energy when searching for your next home.

As a result of their industry contacts and relationships, a buyer’s agent can also give you direction in terms of finding the right mortgage broker for your particular situation.

Want to know about schools in the area?

A real estate agent in Reno can help you find a location with top rated schools that are close to your new neighborhood.

2.    Ask friends and family for referrals

A real estate agent who comes referred will automatically be someone you should add to your short list of agents to interview.


Because they’ve delivered great results for your friends or family, so it’s safe to assume they’ll do their absolute best for you as well.

Their business has been built on trust and accountability; they know what it takes to stay afloat as a business both when the market is red hot and when it’s barely got a pulse!

And that’s why you want this kind of agent working for you!

If you’ve had someone recommend an agent, ask them the following questions to help nail down why they’re recommending this person:

  • What did you like the most about him or her?
  • What did you like the least?
  • How long have they been in business?
  • Did they respond to your queries promptly?
  • Were they easy to reach?
  • Did the buying (or selling) process go smoothly? If not, why and what did they do to resolve the issues?
  • Did the agent provide a referral to help you get financing?

If you’re new to the area and don’t have a resource for this information, the local association of Realtors is a good place to find a Reno real estate agent who works in the neighborhood you’re interested in.

Another option would be the local Chamber of Commerce as many agents are involved in their local communities.

3.    Interview them

It’s ordinarily recommended that individuals should always interview at least three prospective agents - whether buying or selling.


While all agents receive the same education to obtain their real estate licenses, each of them will bring a different way of doing things, and have a different set of experiences and mindsets that they bring to the table.

Personalities do play a part as well, so to have the most pleasant experience, you want to find someone you can see yourself working with.

Use the following list when interviewing prospective agents, adding more as they come to mind.

  • How long have you been in the business?
  • What’s the median price in the markets I want to search?
  • How many transactions a year do you average?
  • Do you specialize in working with buyers?
  • What markets do you focus on?
  • Has anyone ever filed a complaint against you with the Arizona Department of Real Estate? (you can check their reputation online if you prefer)
  • Do you have any referrals and/or former clients I can call?

You can also ask them specific information about the area you’re interested in including:

  • Schools
  • Crime rates
  • Churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.
  • Shopping centers and malls
  • Movie theaters and other entertainment venues
  • Great restaurants, etc.

Bottom line, anything you want or need to know about an area, the real estate agent will know about it - or have resources who can provide the answers you need.

4.    Know what you’re looking for

The best way to find houses for sale in Reno is to know what type of home you need and to have a reasonable idea of where you’d like to live.

This will help you narrow down both the homes in your price range and the agents who are most familiar with the area.

As part of the interview process, you’ll be advising prospective agents on the kind of home you’re looking for and the price range you can afford.

The more clear you can be on what you want to buy the better equipped the agent will be to deliver what you’re looking for.

Don’t let the home buying process overwhelm you. If you’re on the lookout for a buyer’s agent in Reno, contact us...we can help.


How to Give Back to the Community on National Re-Gifting Day

by Janice McElroy

National re-gifting day is celebrated each year on the Thursday before Christmas. The date was chosen, because that’s when many companies hold their Christmas parties.

Interestingly, what was once thought of as “tacky” has now become popularized by such shows as the Seinfeld episode, The Label Maker.

But comedy aside, while re-gifting is no longer considered taboo in some circles there are ways it can be done that will benefit both the giver and the receiver.

Reasons why you might want to re-gift

  • a re-gift that is truly appreciated and desired helps to avoid waste and reduces the chance it will wind up in the landfill

  • if you were given a gift that is sitting in a corner or closet collecting dust, it’s taking up space - give it to someone who will appreciate and have use for it

  • re-gifting can reduce the clutter in your home and in your life (assuming you don’t buy something else to replace it!)

  • also, experts have found that clutter can lead to feelings of overwhelm, frustration, sadness and depression - a good reason to shed some of those things you don’t use or love

Dos and don’ts of re-gifting


  • Re-gift an item in the same circle of people you received it from. (Remember Elaine and the Label Maker?)

  • Re-gift anything that remotely smacks of “barely used” such as scratches, stains, etc.

  • Re-gift something that was clearly bought for you (e.g. something monogrammed with your initials!)

  • Re-gift items made by someone you know for two reasons; they were given for sentimental reasons and their uniqueness makes them instantly recognizable. (See The Label Maker fiasco noted above!)

  • Re-gift items by saying that they’re “vintage” when in fact they’re just plain worn out. For example, beautiful antique china found at an estate sale makes a great gift...old, unused baking pans from your wedding in 1998...not so much.


  • Wrap up your re-gift - sans a tag with your name on it - in beautiful wrapping paper, done up nicely.

  • Consider the recipient of your re-gift. Will they truly appreciate this gift or will it go into their “re-gift” pile for next year?

  • Track the progression of the item you’re re-gifting. In short, you don’t want the horror of re-gifting back to the original giver!


Re-gifting ideas

The following gifts are good choices for re-gifting opportunities:

  • New household items (e.g. small appliances, utensil sets, mugs, etc)

  • Wine and liquor

  • Inexpensive jewelry

Re-gifting occasions and ideas

Nearly any time is a good choice for re-gifting, but the best chance you’ve got for unloading stuff you don’t need or want is at your office holiday party.

However, if you’d rather not take the chance that you’re giving something that was given to you by a coworker, you can make a larger impact with re-gifting by:

  • Collecting unwanted or unused items from friends and family, selling them on e-bay and giving the proceeds to your favorite charity.

  • Holding a re-gifting party at your local community or religious center. Have everyone bring their unwrapped gift items in the original packaging and then:

    • let people trade for items they want, or

    • set up a gift wrapping station where individuals can wrap up their items which will be given to a designated charity or organization

Finally, if you have a gift that just won’t “go away”, you’re not stuck with it, give it to someone anyway, only give them an “easy out”. Tell them you tried it, didn’t work for you, but that they might like it and if not, give it to someone else who might. That way, everything’s out in the harm, no foul!


7 Things You Need To Know Before Moving to Reno

by Janice McElroy


When someone says Reno, do you think of casinos and easy divorces?

Yes, we have that, but Reno is so much more.

If you’re thinking of moving to Reno you’d better hurry, because The Biggest Little City is growing up fast!

What is it like living in Reno?

Glad you asked! Here’s a short list of things you should know about living in our unique city!

1.    We look out for each other

We practice a “live and let live” kind of attitude. Everybody’s fiercely independent but they’ll stand by each other when the going gets tough too.

We’ve got a lot of local pride - which should be pretty obvious considering the huge number of parades and other celebrations taking place in Reno!

2.    Yes, there’s traffic

This wasn’t always an issue, but with the huge influx of people - let’s just call it the “Tesla effect” - we’ve got a lot more traffic than we used to have.

Going across town (10 miles) took about 15 minutes ten years ago, but alas, rush hour (unless there’s some kind of event going on) means you’re sitting about 30 minutes in traffic.

Not so bad, really.

3.    Housing supply is LOW

As anybody who knows anything about real estate will tell you, supply and demand has a direct impact on the price of houses.

So if you want to relocate to Reno, now is better than later, especially since at the time of this writing the available supply is sitting at about two months worth of inventory.

A stable, balanced market would have about six months worth, so as you can see it’s definitely a seller’s market right now.

4.    We’re NOT near Vegas

We’re in the northwestern part of the state, close to the California border.

Vegas is nearly 500 miles from us, so tell your friends and family they will have a long drive ahead of them if they want to go to Caesar’s Palace!

5.    We’ve got lots of fun things to see and do

If you’re living in Reno there’s so much to see and do you might want to keep a permanent guest room for all of the friends and family who will want to drop by!

We’ve got the world famous Great Balloon Race featuring about 1,000 huge hot air balloons, their forms dotting the sky with vivid reds, greens, blues, pinks...just about any color or design you can imagine.

The balloon race isn’t the only festival in town. We’ve got:

  • Bluegrass festivals
  • Jazz and blues festivals
  • The Reno River Festival
  • A Celtic festival and many, many more!

And while we’re not Las Vegas, we do have some casinos. Downtown Reno is home to both small and large casinos such as Harrah’s, Circus Circus Reno and Silver Legacy.

And of course we’re not even talking about the amazing artwork you’ll find downtown.

If nature is more your thing, we’ve got you covered there. Hike in the beautiful Tahoe National Forest or in the many trails that meander for miles in exquisite natural beauty.

In short, there’s no shortage of fun to be had for people with many diverse tastes and interests!

6.    Reno is changing

As you might imagine, we are changing. The new influx of business and people has certainly changed the landscape.

We’ve got lots of great eats, and a growing roster of brewers and beer destinations. Great Basin Brewing Co., Silver Peak and Brew Brothers are just some of the labels calling Reno home.

7.    We’re unique

In Reno, when we talk about “The Arch”, we’re not talking about some fast food joint! An iconic symbol of civic pride and history,  the Reno Arch was built in 1926, and has featured our town’s famous motto “The Biggest Little City” since 1929.

The arch you’ll see when you visit is the third one, put up in 1987.

If art is your thing, you’ll be thrilled when you pay a visit to Artown. Hundreds of works can be seen every year at the huge summer arts festival which is attended by tens of thousands of art lovers.

As you can see, we’re proud of our city and love to show others around. If you’re thinking about moving to Reno, contact us and we’ll help you find the home of your dreams!


How Young Tech Entrepreneurs are Recreating Reno

by Janice McElroy

It’s not often that a town gets to reinvent itself.

Reno has had the chance to do just that...and we’re doing it in spades!

Technology companies are playing a key part in recreating Reno, many of them founded by millennial entrepreneurs with big plans for their businesses in The Biggest Little City.

Reno startups are transforming the perception of what Reno is, their impact evident in the signs of gentrification everywhere. These changes are in large part the result of young tech entrepreneurs setting up show in our beautiful town.

Recreating Reno

Multiple resources have been made available to businesses wishing to take advantage of the business friendly environment we’re building in Reno.

These resources include:

  • The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN)
  • The Innevation Center, which promotes startups
  • The Reno Collective which provides workspace for entrepreneurs

Economic Growth

Reno technology companies are definitely playing a big part in Reno’s economic outlook.

But it’s not just tech businesses that are thriving in Reno...local “non tech” businesses are benefiting as well.

For example, individuals employed with tech companies typically earn higher wages, and they spend the majority of those wages locally on everything from eating out and entertainment to maintaining a home.

Looking forward

Young tech entrepreneurs are serving as visionaries for the future of Reno.

No longer is Reno the place where kids graduate and then move elsewhere...they’ve got some real opportunities to earn a great living right where they live!

Housing market

Both residents and local business owners are optimistic about the future of Reno.

After the housing market crash, building in Reno pretty much stopped. While economic conditions at that time required such a response, Reno is faced with the opposite problem now.

In spite of massive building efforts, the housing supply is tight in Reno, which is great for investors and homeowners, but people interested in finding a new home are struggling.

While builders are playing catch up, entrepreneurs...some of them home grown and some from elsewhere...are building a new, thriving Reno.

One new tech entrepreneur put his company’s decision to choose Reno over Silicon Valley in this way. “From the weather to the taxes to the outside to the size of our house to the ability to walk into the Basement (beneath the old downtown post office) and have coffee and get a table, Reno is much more interesting.”

If you’ve been thinking about moving to Reno now is the right time. Contact us today and we’ll help you find the home that’s perfect for you!

As you prepare to observe National Gratitude Month, you realize that good workers are sometimes hard to find. You want your workers to know that you appreciate what they do for your business day in and day out. You also want to inspire all your workers to invest in your company, so they will work harder. Another goal you have is to achieve and maintain high morale in your workplace. Do not worry about how much it will cost you. You do not need a large budget to show appreciation. You can be frugal and still make what you do meaningful for your employees. In the end, whatever you spend will be worth it to you.

Give Time Off

One easy way to show appreciation is by giving paid time off. You may not be able to give employees a whole day off with pay, but that would let your workers know you are thankful for what they do. An alternative is to allow them to leave one or two hours early, or come in one or two hours late. If your company operates during regular business hours, your employees may have personal business they need to tend to. This will make it easier for them. Your employees will in turn, appreciate your thoughtfulness in giving them this gift.

Let Them Recognize Each Other

Many times, the workers themselves know who is putting in the extra effort that makes your business successful. Not many business owners are on the floor, but your employees are. Set up a weekly or monthly recognition program where workers nominate each other as outstanding employees. You could have a drawing for the prize where you pay for the winner’s lunch or even assign them a parking spot.

Listen to Them

When you own the business, your focus is often “the bottom line.” Sometimes, you are so focused on doing business, you may not be seeing different ways to do it. Your employees have ideas because they are doing the work. Give them the opportunity to share their ideas. Then, act upon them when able. You can create a forum where employees give input into upcoming decisions you are considering. Another way to get ideas is to have a suggestion box. With this option, you need to make sure you read the suggestions and act on them. You need to let them know you have read them and considered them.

Make Them Family

Get to know your employees by name and learn something about them. Workers will be more committed to a job if they feel like they are a part of something bigger. Compared to them feeling as if they’re just another employee. You could also host a “chat and chew” lunch where fellowship is the focus rather than business. Of course, you pay for the meal. Another idea is to plan an event for everyone and include their families. You can also allow them to flex their hours if they ask to attend a function at their child’s school or their spouse’s job. Knowing that you value their family time will only build their commitment to you.

Give Little Gifts

Sometimes smaller means more. Rather than doing this for one month, stretch your recognition of National Gratitude Month throughout the year. Set up a week every quarter as Gratitude Week or a day each week, like Thankful Tuesday. Give small, useful gifts or sweet treats they can enjoy as they go about the workday. You could set up a free coffee and tea bar. Another idea in this category is to give a variety of small denomination gift cards. $5 off is still $5 you have saved them.

These 5 suggestions for observing National Gratitude Month are ideas that are easy to put into place. As you carry out your plans, you will see the benefits. If you follow through, you will see a rise in morale and quality work. You need to invest your time and some of your money to make this happen. Remember, your employees make your business what it is. The leadership starts with you. When workers are invested in their place of employment, they will be happier and work harder. Everyone wants to know someone sees the good things they are doing and appreciates their effort.

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