Boise Video Production: It’s About Time!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on April 6, 2016

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One of the things that’s great about being part of such a diverse group of home service providers
is that you get the opportunity to be exposed to a number of interesting industries, their little unique quirks, and the people that work hard to make those industries great. As almost all businesses need some kind of advertising this also means that we get to learn about any number of inventive ways to market your business – and that means getting to meet the people that make that magic happen.

 

One such person is Jake from Tick Tock Media Productions! We were recently privileged to meet this young man and learn more about what his company does to help other businesses put their best foot forward when stepping out in front of their audience. Jake himself has worked in video production for over10 years, has history as producer with a local news channel, but knew that he wanted to do more and have more creative control.

 

Tick Tock Media Productions was the solution! In business now for 4 years they’ve already done work with the travel channel and ESPN; also specialize in audio production and motion graphics.

 

“We know people are tired of the same old advertising…”, he said in a recent talk with our group. “We want to make videos that are FUN and get people excited!”

 

Not sold on video for your business? Consider these benefits of video:
Video can tell your story in an interesting and eye catching way.
Video helps keep people on your site or social media profile.
Video stands out online – being one of the most viewed forms of media.

 

Ready to take your advertising to the next level?
Talk to Tick Tock Media Productions! They provide great ideas, production, and direction for videos so don’t worry if you know you need video but don’t know what to shoot.

 

Find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TickTockMediaProduction
Visit their website to see their work! http://ticktockmp.com/

Buying a Home in Idaho? It Should Be About More Than The Price

Posted by Boise Home Helper on February 3, 2016

boise home loansWhen it comes to buying a home the old adage is location, location, location and then of course: price! Truth be told, much like with any purchase, there is a lot to consider well beyond just the price of the home when you’re looking into buying. Another old adage: you get what you pay for – and that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of bargains to be had, but do you really want to pick the place you’ll be spending at least the next several years just because it cost less? Let’s hope not.

Here are some other important factors to think about when buying a home courtesy of our real estate pro Paul Heim of New View Real Estate!

The Neighborhood
This goes back to that location location bit. The community your home is in can be a big part of your satisfaction with your new place, after all the people around you will be a part of your every day life for a while. It’s best then if the neighbors are friendly, the neighborhood powers that be are mindful without being overbearing and that generally the neighborhood itself is neighbor-GOOD. Consider too the amenities in and around the community, is there a park or other things that make the location appealing? Make sure your new neighborhood suits your tastes and lifestyle.

Space
Closet space, kitchen space, storage space, a place for everything and everything in it’s place and where in the world will we put the dog bed?! The available space of the home you’re looking at buying is a very important thing. Just imagine buying a car after a casual test drive and then finding out that it actually doesn’t have a trunk…or a backseat…this is a similar experience to not thinking about how much space you’ll need before you buy. Don’t leave yourself open to having to rent additional off-site storage just so you have a spot to put everything.

The Commute
Once you’ve narrowed down the area you want to live in it’s a really good idea to think about the daily commute. Whether it’s just to and from work or the route to groceries and other needed shopping spots you should likely drive the distance between these places and your prospective home to really get a feel for how the drive will impact you. Not just the distance and time itself but also the traffic volumes and how weather may change the overall time needed to get where you want to go.

Bonus Thought: Those High Ceilings
Every home buyer loves high vaulted ceilings. They love the open quality it lends to the room, the airiness and way it makes the space feel larger…until they actually live in the space for a while and are confronted with the realities of this style design. Don’t let this keep you from buying if it’s a feature you just love, just understand it requires a lot more energy to warm and cool all that open air, and of course any time you have to change bulbs or smoke detector batteries you’ll need a extension ladder.

Not sure if it’s time to buy a home in Idaho?
Not sure where to even begin? You don’t have to search all over the web to find a home, just talk to Paul Heim and his team of experienced Idaho real estate professionals. They have the knowledge and skills you’ll need to make an informed decision every step of the way towards your new dream home.

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Paul Heim & Darcelle Sander
Phone: (208) 344-5700 / Mobile: (208) 794-8175
Email: buyboise@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RealEstateBoise
www.NewViewRE.com

Bugs in Boise?

Posted by Boise Home Helper on June 22, 2015

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Yep! It’s Summer time in Idaho, people!
And while be close to nature is something most locals love as part of living in our great state that appreciation ends when the outdoors find their way IN!

 

Nobody likes bugs in their home! And with a somewhat wet Spring and early warm temperatures the creepy crawlies are out in full force! So, you can spend a lot of money and try to do it yourself – using all kinds of chemicals that really don’t tell you how hazardous they can be to your family and pets – and STILL maybe have problems with bugs all year…or you can just call Bob.

 

Bob Mitchell is the owner of Capitol Pest Management in Boise; they have been fighting the bugs for nearly two decade here in Idaho. They can help you rid your home or business of pests quickly; even offer on-going maintenance programs to help keep those nasties from coming back. They understand the equipment and solutions they use so you don’t have to worry about your kids and pets!

 

No matter what your type of problem may be Capitol Pest Management knows more about bugs than you will ever want to – including how to get rid of them.

 

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Capitol Pest Management
(208)368.9855
www.capitolpest.net

A-Max Hardwood : Featured Boise Pro!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on February 2, 2015

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This month we are showcasing A-max Hardwood Floors as our featured Boise pro!
They provide a number of flooring maintenance, repair, and installation services throughout the Treasure Valley; excel through their attention to detail and quality.

For instance, more than just basic hardwood refinishing they have an innovative method that keeps your home much cleaner during and after the work is done – and even provide an additional separate “dust free” cleaning service. They also use a superior three coat finish and offer greener, more eco-friendly options as well.

We were impressed recently to learn more about their new UV floor curing method that according to them can not only shorten the overall curing time but also make it a much more efficient process. Here is a quote of some of the advantages direct from their Boise Hardwood Floor website:

Ultra Violet floor coatings for hardwood have a few main features that put the other acid cure, waterbased, polys, or oil finishes behind in the race. These qualities are:

  • Instantly cured to be walk on and used
  • 2-3x lifespan of water based products
  • 100% healthy with no toxicity after it is UV cured
  • Very low VOC on application (40-50 VOC!)
  • Very clear to allow you to see the grain of the wood as intended

 

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the A-max team and encourage you to get in touch with them for all your hardwood needs.

 

Contact A-Max Hardwood
Allan Jerman, Owner: 208-724-3827
www.a-maxhardwood.com
email address: info@a-maxhardwood.com

Featured Boise Home Pro: 2 Thumbs Up Plumbing

Posted by Boise Home Helper on July 7, 2014

Summer in Boise is in full swing and it’s a great time to get on top of those project you’ve been putting off or to tackle something new! The good news is we have a full roster of some of the best home service providers in the Treasure Valley today!

Our Family to YoursThis month we are featuring Joe Corcoran of 2 Thumbs Up Plumbing and Remodeling!

With over 12 years of experience serving here in Idaho 2 Thumbs Up has the skills and experience to get the job done!

Insured and licensed they provide top quality work with competitive pricing, and excellent level of skill.

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Their services include, but are not limited to:

Drain cleaning, Sewer cleaning, water softeners, water heaters, bathroom repair, sink repair, sink installation, bath tubs, toilets, showers, and everything in between!

No matter what the problem with your plumbing or remodeling project 2 Thumbs Up can help! Contact them today and let them know the BBG sent ya!

Boise Home Help: Water Stain Removal

Posted by Boise Home Helper on April 7, 2014

All ValleyBy Kevin Kelso of All Valley Window Cleaning
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There are many ways to ruin your windows. Every year I am called to try to remedy window cleaning problems due to a lack of knowledge by the homeowner.

One common problem I run into are homes in which the homeowner took it upon himself to clean his windows by hosing them down. He has seen window cleaning companies who pressure wash windows, so he figures he can save some money by doing the same.

What he does not know is that window cleaning companies who pressure wash windows use specially treated water that has no hard solids in it. The water is usually treated by running it through de-ionization tanks or by reverse osmosis. Tap water in the Treasure Valley is laden with iron and calcium carbonate and other solids that will dry on your windows, leaving a milky appearance.

Other homeowners are simply plagued by sprinklers leaving hard water residue when the wind blows sprinkler water onto the glass.

However the stain gets there, it is important to get it off as soon as possible. The longer the stain is left on the glass the more time it has to actually react with the glass and cause etching. Once glass is etched, it is difficult and time consuming to restore clarity. Full clarity may not be possible.

brickHomeRemoving hard water stains can be a real chore, and is usually not a pleasant task. Most window cleaners I know say they “hate water stain removal”. However, it does account for a significant amount of work for us, putting groceries on the table.

In the old days, window cleaners commonly used very harsh water stain removal chemicals containing hydrofluoric acid. Twenty years ago many window cleaning companies discontinued the use of hydrofluoric acid because it was revealed to be one of the most dangerous chemicals know to man. I do not recommend hydrofluoric acid to anyone for this reason.

One window cleaner I know told me a story of when he stored a little hydrofluoric acid in a coffee can over the weekend in his van. When he went to work on Monday morning, he discovered the bottom of the coffee can burnt completely through, then where the can was setting, the hole continued through the floor of his van. When he looked into the hole, he saw that the tail pipe was burnt completely through, then there was a white line on the concrete where the acid had run, followed by an 18 inch diameter circle of asphalt that had turned into gravel. My guess is that it is probably still burning a hole through the center of the earth and out the other side today.

There are safer products on the market today. Most of them seem to work ok on water stain that has not been on the glass for a long time. However, the longer the stain has been there, the more difficult it is to remove. I suggest trying a paste such as “A-Maze”. Put it on a white pad or a piece of “0000” steel wool. Wear nitrile or neoprene gloves. If it does not work, you may have to resort to an electric polisher with a white pad. Put the past on the white pad and try polishing the water stain off. Remember to use safety glasses when polishing.

It is important to determine if the product you are using is compatible with the glass. I received a call one day from a homeowner whose windows had a cloudy appearance he after he used a water stain removal product on all of his brand new windows. The windows had been lightly water stained from sprinklers, and the product was applied without first testing for compatibility. Little did the homeowner know, there was a low-e coating on the outside of the glass that the product reacted with, producing very cloudy looking windows. I was later called to see if there was anything that could be done and was able eventually to restore clarity to the windows, but only by removing all the exterior low-e coating.

Water stain removal is not a fun job to say the least. Many professional window cleaners are prepared with other chemicals and techniques in their arsenal against water stain removal. We may not be able to always remove 100% of the stain, but most of the time we are able to get most of it off, to where what is left is hardly noticeable.

Beds, Bugs & Beyond

Posted by Boise Home Helper on March 19, 2014

boise bedbugsNo, it’s not a creepy new kind of home accessory outlet! It’s a subject we’ve been itchin’ to talk about! BUGS. More specifically: Bed Bugs! Bed bug activity is on the rise in the Treasure Valley.

Before we discuss when it’s time to call a pest professional let’s talk about what bed bugs don’t do:

1 They do not jump or fly (thankfully!)
2 They do not feed every day.
3 They do not transfer disease.

So, when is it time to call for help?
You will very likely notice once the infestation comes to a boil, but consider these things as well. If you’ve recently traveled and have itchy welts you can’t explain from a normal bug bite, like from mosquitoes or biting flies.

Bad as it sounds, if friends or family visit and they have had a history of bed bugs as these critters do like to travel!

And…of course…if you got a “smokin’ hot deal” on some gently used furniture from Craigslist! :)

There is no need to panic however! If you suspect bed bugs may be an issue give Capitol Pest a call – they can help! They use environmentally conscious products and know bugs better than anyone in Idaho! Don’t scratch and suffer – call Capitol Pest if something BUGS you!

Capitol Pest Management
(208)368.9855
www.capitolpest.net

New Year Could Mean New Market for Old Homes

Posted by Boise Home Helper on January 4, 2014

Many home buyers are surprised when they hit the market looking for a new home and find that many of them aren’t so new themselves. Perplexing to some but if you have the inside scoop this is not so surprising. In a recent survey by RealtyTrac it was shown that around 70% of single family homes newly listed for sale were built before 1990. This percentage may be slightly off here in Idaho’s Treasure Valley as the past year has shown steady population growth and a number of great home builders still building in the valley.

Even so, it is very likely that the homes you may be looking at will not necessarily be built-to-suit or new construction in many cases. Experts are saying this is due to the “real estate hangover” from the market turn down several years back when home building practically came to a halt. Even with the promising comeback new construction is still down an average of 40% below long term norms.

Is this all bad though?

The average pre-1990 home sold for 9% less than a newer one in the same market – so good news for those looking to buy, but no so much for sellers.

But once again it all comes down to location, location, location, as even older homes can see a boost in value depending on their locale. Custom features not seen in newer homes, like sweeping staircases, crown molding, and others can also help to balance out the loss in market trends as well.

If you are in the market for an older home, here are a few guidelines to follow:

Do the walk through with your home inspector.
This is the best opportunity to find any potential problem areas and to get the insight of a professional on their severity.

Budget for repairs and upgrades.
Consider the difference between installing new more energy efficient systems versus the cost of maintaining an older one. Many such upgrades like solar water heating can pay for themselves over time easily.

Know when to call it quits.
Everyone likes a challenge, but knowing when a home is just too far beyond your time,energy, or budget it a must for saving heart ache down the road. Think long term before making a decision in the now.

Not sure where to even start?
Have dreams of moving up or getting into classic home rehab? Working with a qualified REALTOR is always the first best step, whether you are buying or selling. Paul Heim of the New View Real Estate Team has the experience and know-how you’ll need no matter what kind of real estate opportunities present themselves.

Boise Catering by Carpe Diem Catering

Posted by Boise Home Helper on November 4, 2013

We were fortunate to have Barry Carlton from Carpe Diem Catering cater our last monthly meeting of the Boise Builders Group – what a treat! While we normally have a pretty consistent crowd, this last meeting was in high attendance.

One great reason to consider food for your next business or networking event: while everyone knows you can get a sandwich tray at any grocery store, when you put forth the extra effort to bring something special to the table your attendee’s will definitely notice the difference!

The quality of food for our evening was outstanding! Delicious shrimp, bacon with avocado lettuce wraps as appetizers, mussels in compound butter were decadent, the mushroom and thyme pasta was exceptional, a very fancy roasted potato tian, and the sausage stuffed mini-peppers were out of this world! I was amazed at the presentation of all the dishes, served hot and fresh right at our meeting place – the stuffed peppers, while seemingly a simple thing, were my favorite.

Most impressive was the way each dish had it’s own unique, yet complimentary flavors; with all the dishes being strong enough to stand alone as well.I quizzed Barry afterwards to find out the secret:

“There’s no real deep secret” , he told me. “It’s basic, good, fresh, ingredients, combined with care in the right way.”

I simply can not recommend Carpe Diem Catering enough!

With over 20 years experience serving everything from full course meals to making dinner in your kitchen and styles of cuisine ranges from authentic French, Hispanic, American, Gourmet, Casserole, and more! Whether you have a crowd of 2 or 2,000 they can make your next event or gathering a delicious delight to remember!!

Visit Carpe Diem Catering’s Website
LIKE Carpe Diem Catering on Facebook
CALL to Get More Info and schedule your event! (208) 703-0145.

Dishwasher Blues in Boise?

Posted by Boise Home Helper on September 9, 2013

Boise Appliance RepairYou know the old joke about if your refrigerator is running? Yeah, we hear it a lot too! But seriously: having any one of the appliances in your home working at less than it’s best and your whole household can come screeching to a stand still!

Dishwasher broke, have to do them by hand.

Microwave busted, gotta grandma it and cook everything on the stove.

Fridge broken…EE!! Real problems then, and costly loss of food too!

Unfortunately a lot of homeowners put off repairs longer than they should for fear of the price of having things looked into…but fact of the matter is the COST of waiting to take care of a problem is really what can hurt your pocket book.

Keeping things running great before there is an issue is the best way to go;  we’ve put together some quick tips for your dishwasher to help out!

Gritty residue in your glass can be a real turn off; this is especially true if you have company at your house, it’s the holidays, and you hear “Eeew! Whats this muck in my cup?!”. So try these tips to keep things running smooth!

• Use a granular dishwasher soap instead of gel

• Clean sprayer arms with picture hanging wire and a white vinegar bath

• Remove grit and reside from fine and coarse filters

• Check underneath the coarse filter for grime

• Eliminate hard water scale buildup with Lemi Shine

• Take a vinegar soaked cloth or sponge and wipe the door gaskets and under the door gasket.

These things won’t stop your dish washer from breaking, everything wears down given enough time, but it can help keep it running great for a longer time. We hope you’ve found these tips helpful and will contact us for any of your home appliance repair or service needs. You’d be surprised to know that very often it is much cheaper to repair a broken appliance than it is to replace it!!

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Call Boise Home Appliance Repair today!

208-376-0031