Help me, I’m STILL awake!!

At one time or another we have all struggled with getting to sleep, and staying asleep.  Once you have been through a few night’s like this you never take a restful sleep for granted again.

There are a few things  you can do to set yourself up for a good sleep.  They are easy to do, an unfortunately, easy to ignore.

  1. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Try to limit the difference in your sleep schedule on weeknights and weekends to no more than one hour. Being consistent reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle.

    If you don’t fall asleep within about 20 minutes, leave your bedroom and do something relaxing. Read or listen to soothing music. Go back to bed when you’re tired.

  2. Create a room that’s ideal for sleeping. Often, this means cool, dark and quiet. Exposure to light might make it more challenging to fall asleep. Avoid prolonged use of light-emitting screens just before bedtime. Consider using room-darkening shades, earplugs, a fan or other devices to create an environment that suits your needs.
  3. Pay attention to what you eat before bed: don’t over eat, or go to bed hungry.  Be aware of your caffeine intake, and watch out for nicotine and alcohol, too. The stimulating effects of nicotine and caffeine take hours to wear off and can wreak havoc on quality sleep. And even though alcohol might make you feel sleepy, it can disrupt sleep later in the night.
  4. Naps: while it may be tempting to take an afternoon couch snooze on a rainy day, it can interfere with your body’s schedule and may prevent feeling drowsy when it’s time for bed.
  5. Physical activity: being active outdoors during the day will contribute to a good night’s sleep, but high intensity exercise too close to bedtime can be detrimental.
  6. Bed.  Of course you need a mattress and foundation that make it easy for you to go to sleep and stay asleep without a lot of tossing and turning.  (Naturally the experts at Skaff will help you with this.)  There are also innovations in the latest sleep systems that will help you track your sleep and offer good input on how to get better rest.
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Six ways you know you are in the right place.

When people come to look for new furnishings for their home, they come with questions. Sometimes they are about the products they are interested in; new wood flooring, a new mattress, an update for the living room couch. Choosing the right product for their needs creates lots of questions.
But the question that often is in the minds of the folks who come to Skaff is this: Why should I make a decision to buy from this store? Inevitably the answer is filtered through a couple words: Trust and confidence.
To know firsthand why people choose Skaff, we urge you to visit our store. The people you meet here have one thought in mind and that is to make every interaction you have with our company an excellent experience.
We believe WHERE you decide to buy your furniture and flooring is as important as the product itself. The decision to make a purchase is dependent on the confidence and trust you have in the company. At the risk of bragging, here are a few reasons our customers tell us they buy from Skaff.
Reputation
This year the Skaff family will celebrate 106 years of continuous business serving the families in our area. There is a certain credibility to our promises that comes with being in business for that long. You can’t ‘pretend’ to give great service for over 100 years. This is authentic, old fashioned good service, before and after your purchase.
People come back to Skaff generation after generation. We find that third and fourth generations of our customers are coming here because this is ‘where my parents always bought their carpet’. In large part it is because of what people have described as our ‘reputation’; Skaff is a good company to deal with, friendly, fair and competitive, and we stand behind what we sell.
Buy Local
Our clients tell us they like dealing with a locally owned business. They like the idea that the money they spend stays in our community, hires local people, pays school taxes, sponsors local baseball teams. There is also some assurance in knowing that the people that own the business live here. They are aware of the needs and experiences of their neighbors. Our policies, our culture, are not dictated by stockholders or a board of directors in New York. How we treat our clients is a reflection of the Skaff family values.

The people at Skaff, the owners, the sales staff, the folks in our office, the delivery team, all live where you live. We go to your churches, shop at your grocery store, raise our kids where your kids are. We are even more responsible to our customers because we are your neighbors.
Brands you can trust
Skaff has access to every type of flooring and carpet and furniture there is, but over the years we have found that investing in reliable brands has served our clients best. Serta Mattresses, made in Michigan, are a great example. Not only because they provide an excellent night’s sleep, but they stand behind the products they sell. Flexsteel, Smith Brothers, Amish crafted wood furniture by Yutzy and Winesburg, and the top quality power lift chairs. LEES, Bigelow and Karastan carpet, Armstrong vinyl flooring, Mannington flooring and many more. We carry a wide variety of qualities to suit the needs and budgets of our customers, but we start with the brands and manufacturers we can trust—so our clients can trust them too.
Trained Sales Professionals
It is a rare thing in the retail industry, we are told, to have sales professionals stay in one place for 20 or 30 years. At Skaff it is almost the standard. Our people stay because they are treated well, they take pride in the place they work, and they know we have a great future ahead of us.

Why this matters to our clients is an important point. Our Sales Professionals are trained thoroughly on the products they sell because they have to be the experts in order to guide our client’s to the right choices. But our sales staff is also a reflection of the company, and so they understand that doing business at Skaff is not always the same as the experience at other stores.

If you look at the comments on our customer feedback you will find these words again and again: “I loved being able to shop with no pressure. Everyone was so helpful. They helped me find exactly what I needed. I will always shop at Skaff.”
Competitive prices
We know that our customers love coming to see us but we don’t live in a vacuum. The world is a competitive place and to stay in business you must maintain fair prices.
We work from a low overhead, a warehouse showroom that allows us to keep our costs down. We buy truckloads of furniture, pallets of hardwood, hundreds of rolls of carpet, all the quantities we need to keep our costs low to offer good prices to our customers. We belong to buying groups like Carpet One, that allows us to negotiate with the manufacturers with the power of 1000 stores.
Skaff offers great values on our products, fair prices on the furniture and flooring that our customers choose. We take part in national sales events and other promotions which allow us to discount our prices to make the values even greater. We offer no interest financing to make it even easier.
Our goal is not to be the ‘cheapest’ place you can buy anything, but to be competitively priced on the best brands of home furnishings our customers want. And above all, to make sure that we don’t just aim to sell the lowest price, but to be sure we match the right quality to the customer’s needs.

 

Community Focused
For generations the Skaff name has been synonymous with positive change in our community. Many organizations can trace their initial success here to the Skaff family involvement, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, YMCA, the Cultural Center, Young Life and many more. The third generation of Skaffs have carried on the tradition of giving back to the community that supports our company. In most recent years the success of our Save and Share program has led to tens of thousands of dollars donated to Carriage Town Ministries, the Food Bank, and Whaley Children’s Center.

Our staff volunteers here, our families give back to the people in need here, we work along side others to make where we live a better place. This is part of who the Skaff family is.

 

When people visit our store to consider their next purchase for their home, they get more than just a good price on some nice furniture or carpet. They get the commitment of a locally owned family business. They get the peace of mind that comes with choosing a neighbor to do business with, especially a neighbor with 106 years of experience. Condfidence. Trust. The bonus is, we are just nice people. Ok, now we are bragging a little.

Skaff Celebrates 106 Years with Free Furniture and Carpet!

This week Skaff had a live drawing for $1500.00 worth of free Ashley Furniture, and the crowd that showed up was so huge Mr. Skaff added three more prizes.   It was a fun way to get to know some folks who had never visited our store, and give us a chance to show off our beautiful showroom.

Best of all, four people left with some great prizes.  Along with the free furniture, Skaff gave away a $500.00 Skaff Gift Card, a gorgeous area rug and a Skaff Gift Card for $200.00.  There was fresh baked cookies too!

IMG_4766Skaff Furniture Carpet One will continue the 106th celebration, featuring great prices on the best brand names in furniture and flooring, plus a chance to win more free furniture and carpet.  (Find out more at http://www.skaff.com/register-to-win-these-great-giveaways)

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Argh! Footprints on my carpet!

People have a wide degree of responses to how new carpet looks.  One of the questions that comes up periodically is: ‘What kind of carpet won’t show footprints and vacuum marks?’  The short answer is: none.

The more accurate answer is that most carpets show shading, but depending on the texture, some will show more than others.

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Nearly every carpet that is made has some kind of texture to it.  Some are smoother than others, some are more stippled, some are patterned, some have loops.  If you choose a carpet that has a nap to it you will likely see footprints and vacuum marks.  It is the beauty of carpet to show pools of lighter and darker colors so that your home has depth and warmth.  If you painted your plywood floor the color you wished, it would appear flat and commercial.  A carpet that has a variety of texture and shade will make your floor look a part of your décor, which complements the other shades of color and texture in your furniture, paint, art, and window treatments.

Shading will be most noticeable when the carpet is brand new.  Freshly unrolled carpet is somewhat flattened out and all the nap is pointed in one direction, so shading is most obvious then.  As time passes, sometimes a month or more, the carpet will relax, the yarns will ‘blossom’, and this will minimize the shading to a degree.   Color and finish of the carpet makes a difference too.  A smooth finish navy carpet will show footprints more than a heavy cabled carpet in a white color.

Carpets that have a loop construction will show almost no shading.  You do give up some comfort and there are other considerations, but a well made berber carpet might be a choice for you if shading makes you crazy.

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Some carpet has a pattern or a heavy texture that will disguise shading somewhat, at least to the point where your eye is not attracted to the shading that all foot traffic will cause eventually.

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Depending on how you feel about footprints and vacuum marks, there are a many choices of carpet that might suit you.  Of course, comfort, color, and quality are all considerations.  For the best ideas, come to Skaff and spend some time with one of our professional flooring specialists to get all of your questions answered.

Time to clean your carpet?

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One question that our customers often ask is how often should they clean their carpet.  Naturally there are a number of things to consider, including the amount of traffic the room gets, whether there are pets in the home, and how light the color is.  Generally the best rule of thumb is to clean it before it needs it.  But how do you know?

Take this advice: have the carpet cleaned every 18 months at least.  All carpet manufacturers recommend having the carpet professionally cleaned using a truck mounted hot water extraction method. If you notice soil accumulating in the traffic lanes you can also try the Resista method, using a dry compound to lift the soil out in small areas, when you’re not quite ready to have the whole room steam cleaned.

One other note; many times ‘home-shampooers’ will over wet the carpet, and or leave behind a soapy residue, making the carpet harder to maintain afterwards.  It is best not to use machines like these.

One thing to pay attention to is the carpet’s warranty.  Most carpet manufacturers insist  you have the carpet professionally cleaned every 18 months, some every 12 months, in order to maintain your carpet’s warranty.  It’s also important you keep your cleaning receipts in case you ever need to document your maintenance.

In between, it’s best to vacuum 2-3 times a week in the traffic lanes, not only to keep soil from accumulating, but to keep the nap of the carpet groomed.

Carpet can make up a large part of how your home looks, and if you want it to last as long as it is designed to, it’s important to maintain it well, including having it cleaned regularly by a professional.

 

Save and Share Saturday

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Good News!
On November 26, 2016, on SKAFF SAVE AND SHARE SATURDAY, we set out to accomplish three big things;

1. Create an exciting one day event where our customers could take advantage of excellent values on the best brand names of flooring and furniture, to help make their homes beautiful.
2. Provide an opportunity for our staff to work together to make the day into a milestone sales event.
3. Give back to our community by donating 15% of every sale to one of three local charities.

We are grateful to announce that our SAVE AND SHARE SATURDAY was a huge success on each count. As we said in our messages leading up to the day, “EVERYBODY WINS!”

We wanted thank all of you who supported us on this day, and announce that because of the success of the sale Skaff will be donating $33,000.00 to our three charity partners; Whaley Children’s Center, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and Carriage Town Ministries.

One of our customers said it best: “The real reason we like to buy from a local company is that the money we spend stays in our community.” Our Save and Share Saturday was a literal expression of that philosophy. Our customers came in and got great deals on furniture and flooring, and in turn, we shared $33,000.00 with three excellent community charities.
Thanks again to everyone who made that possible.

Skaff Save and Share Saturday

snsslogo-squareNow in it’s fourth year, the Save and Share concept continues to bring great value to our customers, and make a great difference in the community.

This year Skaff will dedicate one of the busiest retail days of the year to Save and Share.  Saturday, November 26, from 10:00 to 8:00 Skaff will have an event that will make a huge impact for our charity partners and the families who shop in our store.

November 26 will be our biggest sale of the year, with the lowest prices of the year.  Not only will we have great discounts on Flexsteel and Smith Brothers furniture, and every other manufacturer we carry, but up to 60% off on carpet and flooring too.  LEES, Karastan, Bigelow, Armstrong, all of our vendors have come to us with extra discounts to get involved in this event.

But the real focus of this is to raise money for our charity partners; Carriage Town Ministries, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, and Whaley Children’s Center.  On November 26, Save and Share Saturday, Skaff will donate 15% of every sale to these local charities.

We will allow our customers to choose where the money goes!  Choose one charity or split it among all three.

It will be a fun day.  We have giveaways for everyone, plus raffles to win free furniture and carpet.  And free pizza!

Great sale prices for our customers, big donations for our charity partners: everyone wins.

 

Terralisa McBride-Office Manager

Terralisa  has been with the Skaff organization for nearly 20 years.  In that time she has taken on every job with the same enthusiasm and energy as her first day.  She has been a fast learner and always eager to find ways to be more valuable to our company.

Terralisa has taken on more and more responsibility over the years until she has become an integral part of our administrative office.  We have always been able to count on Terralisa to help train new people, or fill whenever we needed someone.  Because of her versatility she became the ‘go-to’ person in many situations.

And so it became a natural progression that when we had the opening we name her as our Office Materralisa-mcbridenager.  In a busy company like ours this is a key person and we know we can trust Terra to do a great job.

It is always gratifying to see a Skaff employee grow and learn and succeed.  There is no better example than Terralisa McBride.

Skaff is awarded Angie’s List Super Service Award for Second Year

2015ssa_ColorLow528pxSkaff Furniture Carpet One has been awarded the Angie’s List Super Service Award for the second year in a row.  This is a significant achievement in that the award is driven by the positive feedback from Skaff customers.  According to Angie’s List, only the top 5% of companies in any category will earn the Super Service Award.

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

The Skaff family is grateful for the employees who made this possible, and for the customers who gave such great feedback on their experience with Skaff.  We hope to do all we can to earn our customer’s trust and loyalty every day.

 

 

 

Skaff Announces Grand Opening of Karastan Gallery

 

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Skaff is proud to announce the Grand Opening of our Karastan Gallery.  We feel this will be an excellent addition to our showroom, a good fit with the other excellent brand names we offer for our customers.

Since 1928 Karastan has created the best quality carpeting for discriminating customers, always crafted in the latest styles and fresh with the colors people want in their homes. Plush textured saxonies, elegant carved patterns, contemporary designs, all made from the cutting edge fibers that demanding households really need.   Karastan offers a wide selection of high style wool carpeting for those who want a more natural feel, and the longevity that wool provides.

Karastan continues to develop beautiful styles and colors year after year.  And along with the innovation in style, they have kept pace with technology to make the carpets practical as well as beautiful.  New fibers for durability, new stain resistant properties to make them easy to care for.

We are looking forward to a great start with Karastan, and look forward to a long successful relationship with this premier brand.