Boise: GOT JUNK? Get Rid Of It!!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on May 4, 2016

Commercial and Residential CleanupOk Treasure Valley, the temperatures are getting down right unseasonably warm ( Scott Dorval said so! ) and that means Spring cleaning is quickly becoming Summer Scrambling in order to get everything tidied up before the busy hot months ahead. Soccer games, football, dance, and then heaven forbid you have company – you don’t want them seeing the actual conditions you live in! – when are you ever going to find time to get rid of all the stuff that’s been piling up over Winter?!

Don’t Panic! Just Holler!

Junk Holler is 100% Boise Builders Group approved! Whether you just have a lot of stuff that needs hauled away, have old appliances to remove, or even have things to recycle or donate to charity Junk Holler can help! They do more than just grab and trash your stuff – they offer recycling and donation services for all the items they pick up so you can be sure that you’re being conscientious about your disposal. See all the items they take here!

Here are just a few of their residential junk removal services:

Attic Cleanout
Barn & Shed Cleanout
Basement Cleanout
Estate Cleanout
Garage Cleanout
Garage & Yard Sale Cleanup
Hoarding Cleanout
Senior Services
Storage Unit Cleanout

Their helpful crew will do all the work to remove your unwanted items, while you sit back and watch your piles of junk disappear. We will not only do all the heavy lifting and loading but also leave no mess behind. You can feel good knowing that we apply environmentally responsible practices that recycle or donate your unwanted items whenever possible.
Schedule your pickup online or by calling (208) 899-4000.

Retire In Boise?

Posted by Boise Home Helper on March 2, 2015

502438_29751262Baby Boomers have always had a big impact on American culture no matter what stage in their lives they are at; it’s not likely that will change any time soon – even as they move into retirement age.

That being the case many seniors today are changing the way they retire, and where they retire too. More and more frequently we’re seeing people looking to retire not to the sleepy little one stop light towns as they had in previous generations, but instead there has been an explosion in those looking for more amenities in bigger cities.

 

This shift in living is expected to continue with city life becoming even more appealing as we approach the next decade, especially considering the number of Americans over age 50 is expected to triple in the next ten years. Before long it won’t be seniors that are adapting to city life, but rather cities adapting to how seniors want to live! Even today there are a number of reasons why a little bigger city might be appealing, for instance:

 

Educational Opportunity
The Baby Boomer generation is big on keeping boredom at bay, and one way to do that is by keeping your mental facilities strong and growing. Larger metro areas definitely offer more opportunities to take courses just for learning sake, or for those who missed their chance earlier in life to complete their greater education.

 

Public Transportation
In many cases seniors living in more rural areas may lose their ability to drive and become more dependent on family or others to take care of themselves. Even if physical issues aren’t a problem the cost of owning a vehicle and keeping it running well are often daunting if you are on a fixed income. With more access to city provided transportation seniors can regain some of that lost independence and also save travel costs.

 

Better Health
Many larger cities will be able to provide a larger selection of health care providers, including specialists, and a greater number of therapy options. Should you have a medical emergency you can also count on a faster response in the city than you might if you were far out in the wilds.

 

Shopping shopping shopping!
Cities obviously will have a larger number of businesses to choose from no matter what you might be shopping for; let’s be honest, sometimes we aren’t shopping for anything except to see what there is! Whether it’s a chic boutique, or something so simple as your daily groceries, chances are if you are in the city you will be closer to the source for whatever kind of goods you may need.

 

Staying Social
Establishing a good circle of friends and social resources is crucial to a satisfying retirement life. Staying active, and interacting with others can help prevent depression, loss of health, and generally promotes a greater enjoyment of living. City life not only offers more social activities like theaters, plays, and get togethers but it is also usually much easier to grow your social circle and meet new friends when there is a larger community of individuals to mingle with.

 

Housing
Without a doubt there are more homes to choose from in the city. Whereas most rural communities have not only a limited type and number of living spaces they also generally have fewer rental homes and retirement living centers as well. More metro areas will have not only more places to choose from on the whole but most of those places will offer more features as well like property management, so maintaining your new home won’t be an added hassle.

 

Have you considered retiring in Boise? It is a wonderful place to live, work, and play! Not so big of a city to be intimidating, and not so small of a town that you have to worry about doing without, the City of Tree’s has an endless number of great resources for today’s active senior.

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.

2ThumbsUpPlumbing
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!

What’s Happening in Boise?

Posted by Boise Home Helper on June 1, 2014

we love the city of trees!
New to Boise and not sure what’s what? 
Long time local looking to learn something new about the place you already love?

From long time locals to well traveled new comers, one thing they all agree on is that for whatever reason – geographic or otherwise – Boise really has it’s own vibe, unique from any other place. So it can be a little hard to take in at a quick glance.

Listed in several top ten lists over the last several years as a great place to work, live, play, and raise a family, Boise has also drawn a lot of eyes as the potential next technology hub in the Northwest.

We here at the Boise Builders Group strive to provide a living resource for residents throughout the Treasure Valley old and new alike. More than just services for your every home and business need each and every one of our members shares one other thing in common: they KNOW Boise – because they work and live here just like you!

We invite you to visit our Facebook fan page in order to stay up on the latest local events as well as special deals from us!Here too are a few other great online resources to learn more about what’s going on in Boise!

Idaho Links from Paul Heim

Idaho Home Services List

Idaho Technology and Humor

Nampa Bread and Community

Got a local link we should know about? Have a favorite thing about living in Boise that YOU love?!
We want to hear about it! Contact us or post on our fan page to get in touch!

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

Homeowners: Go Green to Save Green!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on January 27, 2014

boise green livingCAN ADDING TOUCHES OF GREEN HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE FOR MORE AND SAVE MONEY WHILE DOING IT?

You hear the term “Going Green” everywhere as our resources deplete and the cost of living continues to rise.  What exactly does it mean to go green?

Reducing reliance on oil-based energy sources and using the methods that emit the least amount of pollutants back into our environment is the largest way that we can to make a difference in the impact we have on our environment.

Recycling is a huge way to begin seeing green!  Purchasing only all organic, chemical-free products is another way that many people begin.  Planting and rebuilding in a more sustainable mindset keeps us always inventing new ways to use nature surrounding us.

What about going green when it comes to construction of our homes, offices and businesses?  A frequent remark we all hear is “Going green will be too much in start up costs and materials.”

Myth:  There are so many cost-effective ways to green your home and businesses these days that can actually SAVE you money.

There are several misconceptions about the time and amount of money it takes to implement the green products and services.  There are simple beginners steps you can take to introduce going green in your home.

ELECTRICAL OUTLETS AND LIGHTING – Start with your choice of lighting fixtures or bulbs.  Just changing something so simple as the type of light bulb you use can save you money on your electric bill.

Have you changed your lighting to LED?
You can use Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) CFLs use one-fifth to one-third the electric power, and last eight to fifteen times longer, but they contain mercury which is a neurotoxin & is especially dangerous to children & pregnant women.  Disposing of them can be complicated.
Light-Emitting Diode (LED) is an electronic light source giving off less heat with no UV or IR radiation.  This is a instant on lightiing with low energy consumption & compatible with most dimmer controls. LEDs have a higher color rendering, so everything under them looks more vibrant. They deliver optimal light distribution without glare or hotspots.  LEDs are environmentally friendly containing no mercury or lead.  They also last significantly longer (up to 17 years) than traditional incandescent light fixtures. So they are the most cost-effective lighting source you’ll find.

Power strips, surge protectors, battery backup master cut off switches reduce the amount of electricity your electronics and appliances can use and can prevent a surge of power during an electrical storm or outage.  These can save you money and save your home and equipment at the same time.

INSULATION – Insulation is the key to energy efficiency & a warm & safe home.  Keeping the warm air out in the summer & keeping the warm air in come winter, the HVAC system is responsible for roughly 45% of all the energy used in the home.

Insulation is green by its very nature because it saves energy.  There are so many products on the market now for alternatives to the old conventional fiberglass insulation  Products like soybean foam sprayed into walls or shredded denim, hemp or sheeps wool.  These other options can save the homeowner money, but can also save the environment.

WINDOWS – You can get many different types of energy efficient windows now in many styles taking away the need to compromise beauty for bucks.  Double pane windows are usually seen as the best in energy efficience.  Tax credits for energy efficient windows are given for purchasing new windows for an existing home or if you are in the process of building & that can mean the difference between the average windows & the best energy saving windows available.  Windows lose and gain heat by conduction, convection, radiation, and air leakage.  Always inspect the windows before you pick the ones for you.

HEATING AND AIR – also known as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC), are all-in-one temperature-maintaining units.  These systems can come in electric, gas, dual fuel and other variations.  Some are more energy efficient than others.  You can choose a electric forced-air system or an air to air heat pump system (also called a ‘minisplit’ system) but is geothermal, no drilling is involved.  It’s possibly the most energy efficient electricity-based heating and cooling system.  Tax credits are now available for energy efficient homes heating and air systems so take advantage.

The natural gas system is the most common energy efficient system, but isn’t available to everyone.  There are many efficient gas based heating systems like Viessman or boilers like Munchkin just to name a couple.  But what if you don’t want to install a new HVAC system?  Do you have ceiling fans?  Do you ventilate by opening and closing windows and regulate the light by using the shades instead of moving the thermostat?

Energy Recovery Ventilators or Heat Recovery Ventilators (ERV or HRV) help provide homeowners with air that is healthier, removes more odors, reduces moisture and indoor pollutants.  They take already used heat and moisture from the air that’s exiting the house while mixing it with fresh air entering the house.  Dedicated duct work is recommended because because fresh air is delivered to the living room and bedrooms, while stale air is removed from kitchen, laundry room and bathroom.  If you don’t have a dedicated duct system ERV/HRV can still be installed.

ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES – Replacing old appliances with new energy efficient ones is a great way to save money & now there are tax credits available for certain appliances as well.

LOW FLOW PLUMBING – There are many options that are simple to change in your home that can be installed for very little upfront costs.  Things like faucets, shower heads, washing mashines and dishwashers are all in low flow options now and reduce water usage a great deal.

FINISHES AND FURNISHINGS inside the house have a big impact on home sales.  It comes down to health and durability rather than efficiency.

What kind of floors does your home have?  Hardwood floors are generally more appealing than carpet or vinyl and are durable, long lasting and easier to clean.  Wood cabinets as well as stone or granite manufactured countertops represent clean, healthy work surfaces with beautiful long lasting storage.

THE HOUSE EXTERIOR – Durability and maintenance is a big factor in the exterior of your home.  Always check rain gutters and make sure they are clear of debris and that water is running away from the house top to bottom.  Rain barrels installed to catch runoff at gutter downspouts is a great way to collect water & can be used to wash the car or water plants and gardens conserving on water.
You can always add insulation to the outside of your house if you are re-siding.  It does cost a little more in the beginning, but it can add a lot to your efficient home. Take a look at all of our Boise Home Service Providers to find the one’s you need to get the job done!

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 Plumbers: Keeping You Safe!!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on December 2, 2012

After a number of health concerns some areas of the nation are starting to force the use of backflow devices on homes. Cases of local people getting extremely sick from the water in their homes and high pathogen counts in water systems is never good for anyone.

State Program Status: A list of the areas that are on board with protecting our Drinking water.

 

Protecting the Health and Safety of the Boise Community is what our Boise Plumbers do every day. Also Public awareness for our valued Boise citizens is the priority that all Plumbers in Boise take serious. No matter what your plumbing needs may be call 2 Thumbs Up Plumbing & Remodeling today for the best plumbing services in the Treasure Valley!

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Spring In Boise Idaho

Posted by Boise Home Helper on April 15, 2011

Boise Home HelpSpring has sprung in Boise, Idaho in a big way! Trees are blooming, grass is growing, and the list of honey-do’s is piling up faster than snow in December! Is your honey-do list more DO than honey? Could you use the help of some of Boise’s best home service experts? You’re in the right place!

Browse our online directory of Boise area home help professionals for the best services for your home today!

Hello Boise Idaho!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on January 24, 2011

services for boise homes and familyBoise Builders Group is a cooperative venture of local Boise area home service providers who seek to provide a greater level of service to their individual industries through creative digital networking.

Among our members you will find a number of great home service providers for your family in Idaho including: plumbers, landscapers, carpet cleaners, carpet installers, mortgage lenders, massage therapists, tile installers, and much more.

It is our mission to provide your family with the very best services for your home in Boise and throughout Idaho. By combining our knowledge and skills we are able to provide a dedicated network of experienced home service professionals to help keep your house a place you can truly call home.

Check back often for the best home services in Boise as well as upcoming events and local area news and information!