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
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Four Seasons Painting: Our Featured Home Pro!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on January 6, 2016

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It’s easy to get in a rut during the long cold Winter months. Everything is grey and drab…but it doesn’t have to be! Your home could be filled with brilliant color!

In this post we want to feature Karl Ingwar Beynun our resident Boise home painting professional!

Karl has worked for over two decades in the residential home painting business and he knows the industry inside and out. Whether you just need some touch ups when you’re getting ready to move or are looking to bring a fresh new look into each and every room Four Seasons Painting in Boise can help get the job done!

Your home is your solace, your safe place, your sanctuary when the rest of the world is in total chaos. Because of that you will want to make sure it is as welcoming and happy an environment as possible; one way to do that is to have it looking it’s best inside and out. Karl would love the chance to talk to you about your home painting needs, discuss ideas, and offer insights from his years of experience in the industry.

Cleaning Quick Tips!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on May 4, 2015

home_houseKeeping up with the house can be, no pun intended, a real chore.

 

Between work, family, the yard, and then trying to have some kind of social life it’s not hard to get behind on the tidying up. So here are some good tips to make the job a little easier!

Put on some music.
Having some music to distract your mind and lift your mood never hurts to help make the time go by!

 

Go in circles.
Seems counter intuitive at first but if you start at the furthest corner of the house and work your way in you can maximize your time. This is especially true for vacuuming.

 

Garbage first.
Go through and empty and garbage first. Carry a bag or bin room to room and do a quick pickup of obvious trash. Having a clear floor to start will make the whole thing easier and garbage bins will be empty for any new trash you need to dispose of in the process.

 

Clean top down.Back-to-front.
It really just makes sense. Start high, finish low. By doing this you can more easily get any dust or grime down on the floor before doing a final sweep or vacuum.

 

Clean as you go.
You don’t have to make cleaning just a weekend thing. In fact, if you take care of smaller messes during the week as you notice them you will have less to do all at once; can spend that extra time actually relaxing on the weekend!

 

Multi-task.
Working a little double duty into the routine can make it less of a rut. Fold clothes while you watch tv, unload the dishwasher while a commercial is on. Just find little ways to work cleaning into your time and you will be surprised at how much you actually get done.

 

Put things in their place.
A place for everything and everything in it’s place, right? When you use something, be sure to put it right back when you’re done. Whether it’s a remote or a screw driver, putting things where they are suppose to be helps keep things de-cluttered and keeps you from having to put them back later when you are already in full clean mode.

 

It’s a hassle, sure, but until you train the kids to be butlers or hire a live-in-maid you can at least make it as little of a production as possible. We hope these home cleaning tips have been of some help! If there is ever anything we can do to help, don’t hesitate to ask!

Boise! Is Your Home Ready for SPRING?!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on April 6, 2015

life gives you lemonsSpring in Boise is here at last! With dust in the air one thing that comes to bear ever year is all the odors that have been sleeping during the Winter.

Despite the conditions of the floors being one of the items most directly correlated with cleanliness in a home it can be easy to overlook how smells impact the perception of your home until they hit you in the face.

Here are some tips we’ve put together to help you keep those nasties at bay:

Blossoming Scents
Fresh flowers are a great way to not only improve the visual aspects of a room but they can also bring in fresh spring-like smells. Don’t go blooming crazy of course! There can be too much of a good thing, but this is always great, especially if you have guests coming over – just make sure they don’t have allergies.

 

Mans Best Friend
It’s easy to think that musty smell is coming from your carpets, curtains or other upholstery, but fact is you may not need to look that far to find the culprit. Not to worry, there’s no need to throw out your favorite pup! Just make sure to give them regular baths and take care of grooming. Have a kitty? Keep that litter box at bay by cleaning it out frequently; using a little baking soda to help absorb smells.

 

When Life Gives You Lemons
Lemons are a olfactory powerhouse – and they have a lot of uses for cleaning as well! Throw a “used” lemon into your garbage disposal with cold water to fight stink in the sink. A few peels from a lemon can keep that “fishy” smell down in your trashcan after seafood night.

 

Coffee to the Rescue!
Yes, this magical elixir is a life saver in any number of situations, but it can be used to fight odor and leave your room smelling great too! Just put some fresh ground coffee in a small bowl, leave it in a closed room overnight, and by the next day the smelly odors will be replaced with wonderful java aromas! You can put a little in a coffee filter and tie it shut to place in closets or footlockers as well.

 

We hope these tips get you off to a roaring start to Spring! And hey, if you’re having trouble tackling your honey-do list just let us know – we count some of the very best Idaho home service providers among our ranks and we’re ready to help!!

Idaho: Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

Posted by Boise Home Helper on September 12, 2014

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Fall in Idaho and Washington are beautiful things!
The firey touch of color in the hills, the cool crisp mornings. But it won’t be long before the really cold weather start’s rolling in; so it’s important to get your home ready for the long chilly months that are on their way!

We’ve put together a quick checklist to help you keep your heating bills down this winter and also make your home warmer and safer for your loved ones. Check out these ideas!

Things for Indoors:

Saving energy is good, but make sure the temperature doesn’t get below 55 in the house, even when you are not home. This will help keep pipes from freezing and also save you the cost of re-warming the house when you get in.

It doesn’t hurt to leave the cupboard under a sink open in extremely cold tempatures – this lets warm air get in to keep water going. Though wasteful of water you can also leaving the faucet just dripping or trickling a little too.

Change the heating/air filters monthly – this can make a big difference in heating costs!

Make sure any attic access is closed and has a good seal.

Things for Outdoors:

Make sure all foundation vents are closed long before the snow flies!

Keep gutters cleaned – if they are clogged with leaves water can freeze and overflow or the extra weight can cause them to weaken.

Take a look at the seals around your windows and doors. Keep warm air in and cold air out can save you a bundle!

And of course: wrap or insulated outside pipes and hose bibs.

Do you have your Fall/Winter checklist all ready to go?
Got more items on that list than you can handle? We can help! Take a look at our Idaho Home Service Providers to find the home professional that’s right for you! From Window Cleaning to Carpet Installation, Heating and Cooling and more – we’ve got the experts 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 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
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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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Create A Photo Button – BBG Spotlight

Posted by Boise Home Helper on May 6, 2013

We love supporting local small business here in the Treasure Valley. Part of how we do that is by helping home owners connect with top shelf service providers for all their home needs. But did you know we also have a number of great business-to-business providers as well? It’s true! Several of our members are ready, willing, and able to provide your business or organization with great services also.

Make Your Own Buttons Boise!We’d like to take this post to highlight one of our BBG members who not only is a great resource for companies who need promotional items but who also can help you share a memory, help get the word out about a fundraiser, or even just create a smile! Create A Photo Button is the brainchild of Jerry Musick – a great guy with a passion for humor and wit who has put his talents to good use by providing the best buttons and magnets available in Idaho — maybe even the world!!

He started his vision back in 1981 and has years of experience in creating wonderful graphics perfect for your button brigade! Whether you need one button or a thousand buttons he can get your order filled with quality as priority number one! You like magnets? He’s got magnets! Some of the most solid, strongest magnets we’ve ever seen!! Perfect to give to friends or customers as a way to make it easy to get in touch or keep them smiling!

We encourage you to connect with Jerry to see what he’s all about and check out the great buttons and magnets he has to offer! You can visit his website here to get started, or check him out on facebook as well!

Boise Home Improvement: 3 Things for Spring!

Posted by Boise Home Helper on April 7, 2013

Spring Home MaintenanceYES! Spring at last! The snow bunnies are tucking their sticks away for next season, the grass is turning green and the temperature’s are getting us ready to complain about how hot it will be in July! Idaho in Spring time is truly a place of beauty; everyone in the valley is just itching to get outside – even if it’s just to take care of the yard work!

While chances are good that you already have a growing list of things to check off of your honey-do list there are a top things to take care of first that will help your home take better care of itself all season. These high-priority tasks may not seem glamorous – no gold plated chandeliers in this episode – but they will help you save energy, money, and maintain the value of your home.

Stop the Drafts!
Home experts will recommend insulating your home and sealing windows in preparation for Winter, but fact is making sure your home is properly insulated helps keep it cool in the longer Summer months ahead too! Make sure all your windows have a good seal and that your attic is properly insulated as well. While these sorts of things can be easy to do yourself – just a little insulation, weather stripping or caulking in the right places – you may not even know where to start figuring out where to start. If you’re stuck with any kind of heating or cooling problem in Boise, give Airpro a call!

Update Your Appliances
This one may run a little deeper into the pocket book if you go for full replacement, but switching to newer, more energy efficient appliances can not only save you money but it’s also generally better for the environment too! Hot water heaters, refrigerators, dish washers, clothes washers — these are all good items to take a look at. And with today’s economy it might not be time to upgrade, or even be feasible right now. As a consideration think about having your current appliances services or repaired. Repairing your appliances or making sure they are in their best working order can in many times be just as good as an upgrade at a fraction of the cost! Talk to Home Appliance Service for more information and options about how they can help!

Gut the Gutters!
Water damage is often one of the most expensive repairs for your home. While the snow is melted we will likely still see a good bit of rain this Spring; one of the areas of concern for leaks can be your gutters. A few sticks and leaves in the gutter may not seem like a big worry, but your home’s gutters are the first line of defense when it comes to taking the water from the sky and channeling it away from your home. All Valley Window Cleaning not only provides great window cleaning services in Idaho but also can help you get those gutters taken care of as well!

A last good general tip is to just take a walk around your home, look for any early warning signs of future issues like cracks in the concrete, mold or mildew, standing water, or any other indicators that there could be a problem now or in the near future! A little time spent doing regular inspections throughout the year can help you stay on top of things before they become a problem.