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Dec. 26, 2019

The Great Idaho Potato Drop: A Brief History

As many Idahoans have had the great pleasure to travel around the U.S. and even around the world, when we tell people where we’re from, the conversation usually goes like this:

 

Idahoan: “Hi, I’m Joe from Idaho.”

Out of state person from big city: “Cool! I hear that Des Moines has a great county fair every year!”

Idahoan: “No, that’s Iowa, I’m from Idaho, out west.”

Out of state person from big city: “Oh, that’s right, you guys got the potatoes! Cool!”

Idahoan: “That’s right. We’re all potato farmers around here.”

 

While it almost seems like a foregone conclusion that the state most famously known for its potatoes would have featured them prominently in its New Year’s Eve celebrations, surprisingly enough, Idaho has only been dropping spuds at midnight (officially) since 2013. So, what is the Great Idaho Potato Drop? Today, we’re looking at a brief history and going to be getting you all the info you’ll need to attend the event this year!

When Did It Start?

It all started on New Year’s Eve of 2013. For a brief moment, Idaho was the media darling of the New Year as we were featured far and wide for dropping a record setting giant potato from the U.S. Bank Building in downtown Boise. Dylan Cline is the CEO and founder of the event.

 

Where Is It Happening This Year?

The 2019 Idaho Potato Drop is happening in front of the Capitol building downtown! The Cecil D. Andrus park will be filled with awesome activities and booths for you to enjoy. It all happens in that two to three block area between Jefferson and Idaho streets. 

 

What Types Of Events Are There This Year?

Oh boy, are there a lot of things to do this year! There will be everything from food trucks to music to frosty adult beverages all in one rocking place. There will be a family friendly tent that will be heated and will provide games and activities for kids and will feature local vendors that support charitable efforts. 

 

On the main stage, there will be music all day long starting at 3pm and going to 12:15am. There will be rockin’ bands for all tastes in music from the local Boise School of Rock musicians to Blue Lotus and finishing with the acclaimed Cowboy Junkies.

 

In the center stage, there will be pro-wrestlers who will be battling it out for the esteemed Potato Belt! Make sure to bring canned food to donate to the Idaho Food Bank as they will have a donation station set up there to help Idaho families battle hunger.

 

And finally, there will be a huge fireworks display at midnight to ring in the new year in style! The fireworks will be popping off behind the Capitol building at midnight.

 

Where Can I Learn More About This Awesome Event?

You can go to the official Idaho Potato Drop website here: https://idahopotatodrop.com/ to learn all the info you will need about the event. 

 

Have a great and fun New Year’s Eve this year!

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Dec. 16, 2019

#BoiseKind

So, we all know Boise has been growing rather quickly, right? People are coming from all over the country with different opinions, different beliefs and different ideas. All of that mixed with the increased traffic and construction could potentially lead to a cantankerous and quarrelsome community. Not here. Not in Boise! 

After growing up in a small, rural town in Alabama (population of only 709!) where, yes you know everyone’s name, I was very intimidated to move to Boise without ever having visited the place. I remember I was so nervous my first day here five years ago, I was just hoping to keep up. Boise and the wonderful people of The Treasure Valley have melted away that anxiety I felt on day one.

Now 5 years a resident in this stunningly gorgeous state, I feel obligated to share with you all what I feel you all have shared with me, and that is kindness. Not just any kindness, however; I mean I want to share #BoiseKind.

 

#BoiseKind is a little idea that enraptured me very quickly. I brought it to my awesome executive, Leigh Wilson, to see if she could help expand the reach, so here we are asking for you all to help. It all originated one evening as rush hour approached...

 

I was heading West on Overland Road, making my way home after a typical workday as I rolled to a stop at the Cole and Overland light. As most of you reading this know, Cole and Overland happen to be exceptionally busy roads, especially at rush hour. So, I was rather confused upon noticing two vehicles in the far-right lane, each with a door wide open. I looked around to see the fender bender that had these drivers getting out in the middle of traffic. That is not what I found. I then listened for horns and shouting. That is not what I heard. I then looked for the gestures I was sure would accompany this seemingly pointless stop. Rather, I saw the sweetest little thing that I will never forget.

 

Apparently, a pedestrian had fallen on the sidewalk just before I pulled up to this red light. Lucky for me, I arrived just in time to see two incredibly kind individuals, selflessly hop out of their cars to help the fallen pedestrian. I watched in awe as these two strangers came together to assist another stranger to his feet. The kindness continued as I noticed another pedestrian, a fourth stranger in the mix, walk up to escort the gentleman through the crosswalk and to the other side of the road, ensuring his safety. Meanwhile, no one in their vehicles felt the need to honk or gesture or shout. I like to think the other drivers were in as much appreciation of this kindness as I was and still am.

 

It has been a few months now, but I still have not been able to get that day out of my head. And I could not be more grateful! I thank you Boise for giving me this experience and this story to share.

 

Now as for #BoiseKind, well, I am going to ask you all for a bit more. I would be so excited to read and hear about your #BoiseKind story. I know we have all seen at least one random act of kindness that inspired us. I say we give that act a little more umph. Preferably a lot more umph!! Share your #BoiseKind story and tag Boise's Best Real Estate Team so that we can see, experience and share your #BoiseKind story with as many people as we can. Let’s highlight the positive. We will always fall once in a while, but it is not so bad when you know someone will be there to help you up. I am so elated to be in a place where we lift one another up.

 

CHEERS!

 

Kelly Crowe

                           

                                            

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Dec. 4, 2019

The Homeowners Guide to Organization in 2020

If you’re a new homeowner this year or are just looking for new ways to take control of your organization, then we have put together a great guide for you. Organization is all about starting and maintaining good habits. For the New Year, get into the habit of making sure that you never have any out of control junk drawers or overflowing closets ever again! Here’s how to get started.

 

Start Your “Outbox” Organization

Every house has an “inbox” which is the door and everything that you bring in. Normally, we think of the “outbox” as our trash can, but if you’re anything like the average American, we quickly acquire items that are not technically trash but are still things that we want to get rid of. That’s how a lot of clutter happens: there is no outlet for these items. That’s why you should start a new “outbox” which we will call the “donate” pile. There are so many things that we either outgrow or end up getting replacements for or no longer use but don’t want to throw in the trash. Having a donate pile will help you cut down on needless accumulation of clutter in other areas in the house. 

 

We recommend keeping the pile either in your garage, basement, or in the closet of a rarely used guest room. Set a reminder in your calendar to make at least three trips to the local charity donation center near you and you will feel so much better clearing space in your home and doing a good thing for your community. 

 

Organize Your Drawers

Each drawer should have a clear purpose and within those drawers you should have each section organized with an even more granular purpose. Make the dreaded “junk drawer” a thing of the past with in-drawer organizers. You can even re-purpose an inexpensive silverware organizer so that your pens, paperclips, rubber bands, and batteries can all stay neatly stacked in their respective areas. Clean, label, organize, conquer! 

 

Upgrade Your Linen Closet

This hack has saved us many hours of needless searching and re-folding that we just have to share it with you. Next time you’re on Amazon.com or are at your local big box store, pick up a set or two of inexpensive towel racks. Take them home and affix them to the inside of your linen closet door and use them to hang your often-used bath towels on so that you can free up space in your linen closet for actual linens and bedding and so that you don’t always have to go rummaging around for that last towel when you’re late for a meeting. All your fresh towels will be ready to go!


Pots, Pans, Positively Frustrating

Pots and pans are typically the most used items for cooking yet most people have them just clustered in a cupboard or drawer. Take back your space and free up some room in your kitchen by hanging your pots and pans below your upper cupboards or even from your kitchen ceiling, especially over a kitchen island. This will help you have your most used items within reach and not stacked in a messy cupboard when you need them. 

 

Good luck with your organization efforts and have a Happy New Year!

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Nov. 22, 2019

Classic Idaho Family Thanksgiving Recipes

The diet of the average American family is always changing. From fat is bad and carbs are good to carbs are bad to fat is good and everything in between, the way we eat changes with the tides about as fast as our fashion and hairstyles do. So, what were some popular (and maybe obscure) favorite family dishes that adorned the tables of American families in Idaho? Let’s explore a few wild, nostalgic, whacky, and dare we say, delicious food items from our great state.


Jimmy Carter’s Special Cheese Wheel Dip

As a kid growing up in the 1980’s in Idaho, we loved cheese! There are very few things more 80’s than Jimmy Carter and homemade dips! Carter was the president at the very top of the 80’s spanning from 79 to 81, so many American’s first president of the 80’s was a peanut farmer from Georgia. A family tradition of the Carters was to bring this humble cheese wheel dish to their Thanksgiving dinners. And now you can too! Here’s the recipe which can also be found here on this website:

 

Jimmy Carter's Plains Special Cheese Ring

 

  • 1 lb. grated sharp cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small finely grated onion
  • Black pepper
  • Dash of cayenne

 

Mix all the ingredients, then mold with your hands into the desired shape (Mrs. Carter molds it into a ring). Place in the refrigerator until chilled.

 

Hot Dr. Pepper Mixed Drinks

This is a Thanksgiving special that comes straight from childhood in the 70’s and 80’s. If you were a kid and you wanted a special drink for the holidays (or are a fan of mocktails) you definitely loved creating fun mixed drinks that everyone could enjoy. One of the most memorable concoctions is this Thanksgiving go to, a hot Dr. Pepper mocktail. Here’s how to make one of your own:

 

  • 1 Two liter bottle of Dr. Pepper (make sure you use regular and not diet)
  • 2 Fresh lemons, sliced 
  • Mugs for serving

 

Instructions: 

Pour the bottle of soda into a 2 quart saucepan until it is a little over two thirds full. Heat on medium to medium low for about 10 minutes, until the liquid reaches 180 degrees F. While the soda is heating, slice your lemons and squeeze one or two slices to taste into the heating liquid.

 

Once the soda is hot, then simply ladle into mugs and garnish with lemon slices as desired. 

 

And there you have it! Grandma’s hot Dr. Pepper Thanksgiving recipe! It is not for the faint of heart!

 

The Infamous Green Bean Casserole

In our house, it just wasn’t Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner without a giant dish of green bean casserole. No one truly knows how this tradition came about or even if it was originally meant to be consumed by humans, but that never stopped our family from serving it every year. Here is the recipe we always used:

 

  • 3 to 4 cans of french cut green beans
  • 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups fried onion crisps 
  • 10 pieces of bacon, chopped (optional)

 

Add 1 and a half cans of cream of mushroom soup to a glass casserole dish and preheat the oven to 350F. Stir up to spread evenly. Add in the soy sauce, black pepper and 1.5 cups fried onion crisps. Stir to combine evenly. 

Rinse the green beans briefly and let drip dry. Stir in to casserole dish. Cover with tin foil.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and top with remaining onion crisps. (Optional: while it is baking the first time, fry up the bacon, chop it, and add it to the top at this time).

Bake uncovered for five to ten minutes until the onions are golden brown.

 

Serve and enjoy!

 

Conclusion

 

These are some of the more memorable Thanksgiving holiday dishes of yore. We hope you enjoyed them! Please share and tell us about your family Thanksgiving food recipes and memories. Have a happy Thanksgiving everybody!

 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Nov. 8, 2019

Top Of Market Tips For Selling Your Idaho Home In The Winter

So you’re trying to sell your home and it’s not bright and sunny out? The winter time can be a tough time to sell your home, as many real estate professionals will tell you, but it is not impossible. We don’t always have a choice as to when we have to sell a home and move. Perhaps it’s for work or for family or maybe they opened up a new IKEA across state lines and you want to be closer. Whatever the reason, we can help you with some tips for selling your home in the fall and winter months. 


Heat It Up!

Needless to say, people hate being cold, especially when they are shopping for a house. They want to go into a new home and have it be warm and inviting. You will spend a little extra on your utility bills but it is very worth it to have your home be warm and inviting for new buyers.

 

Safety First

Once you start getting snow and frost that doesn’t go away on its own due to melting in the daytime, it’s time to start seriously salting, shoveling, and otherwise plowing snow out of your walkways, both in front and back. Make sure you also clear an area in your grass in the back yard and around the house so that people can take a look around there without having to put on snowshoes. Also, make sure that you get rid of any and all icy patches and that you clean your gutters very well to prevent ice dam build ups which can lead to dangerous situations with falling ice.

 

Candle Power

Since it gets dark so early in the winter, you will want to make the lighting in your house very cozy. Start the fireplace for a bit before you show your house and also invest in some flame-free candle solutions like wax warmers and other light producing fixtures that can help bring some light and atmosphere to the otherwise dreary weather. 

 

Have An Extra Umbrella Ready

If you take care of your potential sellers, then they may just take care of you. Winter storms and rain can hit without notice in Idaho, so it helps to be prepared. If you have an extra umbrella or two to lend to a potential buyer as they are leaving during a sudden storm it could win you huge brownie points down the road!

 

Don’t Forget Sounds And Music

If you have a Bluetooth speaker or an Amazon Alexa or Google Home device, try putting on some relaxing holiday music to play softly in the background. This can help set the mood and is an easy and inexpensive way to help make a potential buyer feel more at ease. 

 

Avoid Decorations In General

If you want to make a buyer feel more inclined to buy, then it helps if the home they are looking at doesn’t have touches and artifacts of a family already living there. They want to imprint their own holiday and personal memories on to a home they are buying. So, make any holiday decorations very minimalist, and try to not decorate the outside either. You never know what holidays your buyers will be celebrating and the wrong holiday may be off putting to them. 

 

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home this winter, give Boise’s Best a call! We are experts in the Treasure Valley market and can help you with all of your real estate needs from buying, selling, investing, and beyond. Happy holidays!

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Oct. 28, 2019

Upcoming Winter Holiday Festivals and Bazaars

Winter is such a magical time in Boise. We are blessed with four very distinct seasons here in Idaho and while shoveling snow and daring icy roads certainly isn’t fun, being able to enjoy a true white Christmas really is. When the weather starts to turn cold and the snow starts to fall, there’s so much to look forward to, especially the slew of winter and fall events and festivals in and around Boise! Let’s look at some that are just around the corner this year. 

 

 

2019 Boise Kids Discovery Expo- November 9th | 9AM to 3PM

What’s more fun than combining learning with playing? Nothing, really, except maybe candy! Bring the whole family to the 2019 Boise Kids Discovery Expo at Expo Idaho this year. You can try out lots of hands on learning stations and there will be fun vendors there for face painting, food, and treats! More information here.

 

Location:

Expo Idaho

5610 Glenwood Road

Boise, ID 83714

 

Winter Wonderland Festival- November 22nd | 5PM to 10PM

Take the family to downtown Caldwell for this fun and free festival of lights. Watch as the display containing over 1 million lights gets turned on to light up the night. There will be ice skating, food trucks and craft vendors and of course, a visit by Santa himself! Fun for the whole family. Learn more here

 

Location:

Park here and take the free shuttle: 

O'Connor Field House / Caldwell Events Center, 

2207 Blaine St, 

Caldwell, ID 83605

 

Buy Idaho Holiday Market- Thursday December 5th | 1PM to 10PM

Buy Idaho is a treasured Idaho organization that puts Idaho businesses front and center for other Idahoans. This spectacular bazaar will feature Idaho vendors from all around the state showcasing their fantastic wares. This the perfect night to get some Christmas shopping done and to help support local business owners. Learn more here.

 

Location:

The Linen Building

1402 W. Grove St.

Boise, ID 83702

 

Wintry Market, Handmade for the Holidays- November 23rd through the 24th | 10AM to 5PM

We love our small and local businesses here in Idaho, which means that we have not one but two fantastic festivals celebrating our fellow Idahoans in their trades. Come on by the JUMP building this November for a free upscale arts and crafts festival that will be sure to surprise and delight the whole family. This will be a fantastic place to get more Christmas shopping done while learning more about Idaho businesses. Check out more information here. 

 

Location:

JUMP Boise

1000 Myrtle St.

Boise, ID 83702

 

Festival of Trees Boise- November 27th through December 1st

The Festival of Trees is a great way to have fun with the whole family while also supporting a good cause. All proceeds go to support the St. Luke’s Women’s Mobile Outreach Center. Stop on by the festival this year to enjoy a wide variety of fun events! There will be moving train displays and interactive LEGO displays for the kids, an interactive virtual reality display, visits with Santa, carnival games, and a fantastic festival fashion show! Learn more about each day of the event here. 

 

Location:

Boise Centre

850 W Front Street

Boise, ID 83702

 

 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Oct. 17, 2019

Halloween Safety Tips For Homeowners In Idaho

If you’re a kid trick-or-treating in Boise, you’ve gotta be tough because it will be cold and possibly snowing. You also have to know all the best places to go trick-or-treating like Harrison Blvd. and to certain shops downtown (if you know where to look). But, as a homeowner, there are some things that you should know too. You want to end each Halloween night with a sack full of candy as a kid and with a mostly empty bowl as a grown up. At the end of the night, we also want everybody to make it home safe and sound. Let’s go over some important Halloween safety tips that you can keep in mind this year as a homeowner during the Halloween season.


Light it up!

It’s important that you have your lights on not only on your porch but in the front of your house as well. Make sure that your bulbs are burning bright and are functioning properly. It’s also not a terrible idea to put an extra outdoor-safe light fixture out during that night to get extra illumination for hasty trick or treaters who may not have full vision due to masks and face paint. You can even incorporate your extra lighting into your decorations to make it more fun for everyone. It’s important to have proper lighting because you don’t want people tripping or falling and getting hurt while they are running up to your door for free candy.

 

Decorate carefully

Definitely have lots of fun decorations, but make sure that they are not blocking walkways or making it difficult to see around corners or obstacles. Keep decorations to the sides of your house and to the center of the lawn off the main walkways. You can even put up a discreet sign as well that can guide people to the correct and safest walking path if you have a lot of decorations. 

 

Use approved, store bought candy

It may be tempting to make your own treats or to pass out treats that a family member gave you, but be careful. You will want to be conscious of certain allergies that kids may have and they won’t know what they are eating if the food isn’t properly labeled. It’s better to just enjoy the homemade treats yourself with your family and buy pre-made candy from your local grocery store. 

 

Move your vehicle

Sometimes kids can be in a hurry and may bump into or trip over your car or truck or SUV if it is in your driveway close to your walkway. This can lead to scratches on your vehicle or even a kid getting hurt if they bump their head on a fender, trailer hitch, or mirror. Move your vehicle away or park on the street if possible to make sure it is out of the direct path of traffic leading up to your house.

 

Bonus: Learn basic first aid skills

You never know when you might encounter a kid who was running and trips or any other accident that may happen. If you know some basic first aid skills you can help to stabilize and keep the child safe and ready for Halloween fun. 

 

Have a safe and fun holiday this year and dress warm, it’s gonna be a cold one!

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Sept. 25, 2019

What is the Boise Bench and Why It Matters

What do you think of when you hear the words “Boise Bench”? Does it make you think of breathtaking 19th century architecture? Beautiful neighborhoods with lively, mature landscaping? Or a rich, eclectic selection of grocery stores, shops, and restaurants?

In truth, the Boise Bench is all of these and more. Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat or a curio shop to browse in, you will likely find it here.

History of the Boise Bench

The Boise Bench is a historically rich area that roughly spans from Cole Road to Federal Way. It has been aptly named as such due to its position 60 feet above Downtown Boise, residing on a shelf that roughly resembles a bench.

 

After the gold boom, Boise found itself cut off from the rest of the country, with no easy mode of transportation in a climate that was too dry for farming. A dedicated group of residents set about constructing an irrigation system, while Union Pacific Railroad set up a train depot. 

 

Current residents may recognize these as the Ridenbaugh Canal and the Boise Depot, respectively, and both played a big part in making Boise more accessible and sustainable.

Restaurants of the Boise Bench

Regardless of where your personal tastes run, Boise Bench definitely has it. For example, Vista Avenue alone is home to fast food like Jack in the Box and McDonald’s, specialty burger and pizza establishments like Bad Boy Burgers and Red Bench Pizza, and more exotic fare like those on offer at Sakana Sushi and Saffron Indian Bar and Grill.

 

And if the sheer number of different eateries in a single area isn’t enough to boggle your mind, there is also a ton of food trucks that operate in the area as well, from chicken and waffles to fish and chips. Even better, many of these mobile entrepreneurs also participate in the Southwest Idaho Food Truck Feast, where multiple food trucks convene at one location, giving visitors a plethora of tasty choices to consider.

Boise Bench’s Beautiful Architecture

As mentioned previously, the Boise Bench is home to some of the most iconic architecture this town has to offer. The Boise Depot stands out among the rest with its breathtaking 19th century Spanish-style motif, with a clock tower that is bathed in floodlights at night. After the building’s renovation work that began in 1990, the Boise Depot is now maintained as a historical building and can be reserved for weddings and other special occasions. 

 

Not to be outdone, home seekers will also find a lot to love in the Boise Bench, with available homes running the whole spectrum from historic and beautiful to modern and efficient. The majority of Boise Bench neighborhoods were established in the 1960’s and typically follow a general motif (i.e. Cape Cod Style, Dutch Colonial Style, etc.).

Summing Up the Boise Bench

From amazing restaurants to beautiful homes, the Boise Bench quite literally has it all. Couple that with an amazing view on its outer edges and its central location, we don’t think that our love affair with the Boise Bench will be ending any time soon. Contact us to learn more about real estate on the Boise Bench!

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Sept. 12, 2019

Moving To Meridian, Idaho? Your Guide For Relocation

Meridian, Idaho is one of the very best places to live in the state and an argument can be made that it is the best place to buy a home and live in the Treasure Valley itself. Yes, Boise often is the most talked about destination, but Meridian is such a great city that offers (in many ways) much more than Boise, all while being very close to Boise! Meridian is an often overlooked but in many ways a better place to live and raise a family. Let’s take a look at some critical differences between buying a house and living in Boise versus Meridian. 


Crime Rates Are Lower In Meridian 

While Idaho is among the top safest places in the nation and even the entire world to live, Boise is home to one of the highest crime rates in the state. As more and more people start to move there and the city grows, so does the crime rate. The latest numbers show that Boise’s crime rate is 211.7 while Meridian’s is 127.7. That is a 49% difference! If you buy a house in Meridian, you can expect to see 49% less overall crime. When people are choosing to relocate to another city from out of state, safety for their family is typically a number one concern. The numbers speak for themselves! Meridian is a great place to live if low crime rate is important to you.

 

Home Prices Are Better

Right now, the median list price per square foot in Meridian is $174 per square foot while Boise’s is slightly higher at $176. Meridian home values have been trending steadily upwards as of 2012 and are predicted to increase another 4.8% by August of 2020. Buying a house sooner rather than later is going to be your best bet while you can take advantage of that predicted equity growth. If you are moving to Idaho and your workplace is in Boise, then you could live in Meridian and get a larger house for the same budget and your commute from downtown Meridian to Downtown Boise is only 17 minutes by car or 54 minutes by bike to cover the 11 mile distance. 

 

Compare that to a big city like New York and the 17 minute daily commute time is almost laughably short. If you were to start in Lower Manhattan and commute to Fort George, which is also 11 miles, you’re looking at 55-60 minutes by car, 55 minutes by subway, or 65 minutes by bike. Aside from home prices, it's also important to consider which moving company is best for your needs and your budget. Check out this comprehensive guide to picking the best moving company based on in-depth reviews.

 

Meridian Is A Prime Entertainment Destination

Whether you’re a thrill seeker or more of a homebody, Meridian is the place for you. In recent years, the city government of Meridian has put some serious effort into making their fair city a true destination for the people of Idaho and beyond. Meridian is home to some of the best and newest entertainment spots in all of Idaho which include: Meridian Speedway, The Village at Meridian, and Settler’s Park to name a few. Oh, and did we mention that Meridian is home to Idaho’s largest water park and only theme park? Wahooz Family Fun Zone and Roaring Springs Water park are both located in lovely Meridian.

 

Conclusion

So, if you’re looking for a place that has low crime, great home prices, and endless family entertainment, then Meridian, Idaho is the place for you. Contact us today to get your move to Meridian started or if you have any questions at all about Idaho real estate.

 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Aug. 28, 2019

Tips for Staging Your Home to Sell This Fall

Here are some great tips for getting your home ready to sell! We are always happy to share our thoughts and ideas with you. Fall is a great time to sell your home, give us a call and let’s make a game plan

 

 

Curb Appeal 

As the season starts to change you want to make sure you keep your yard, walkways, and windows clean and looking well maintained. Continue to mow the lawn, rake leaves, weed flower beds, and trim bushes until your home sells or the first snowfall. Many buyers decide on whether or not to buy a home by its outward appearance, so make sure your home shows well for them from the moment they drive by to the moment they walk up to your home and enter your front door. Also, you may want to consider hanging a fall wreath and adding a new door mat to make your front porch appear more inviting.

 

Color 

When it is time to sell your home, neutral colors are best. If you have paint that is tired or worn, consider freshening it up.  Also, if you have rooms in your home that are painted a bright color or a color that is unique to your style and taste then consider painting the room a more neutral color to help make it more attractive to buyers.

 

Accessorize Well

Bring in a pop of color with fun accents and decor. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to freshen up the look of your home for potential buyers. Fun colorful pillows, throws, and new rugs all help to add a splash of color to your home. Again, you want to make things neutral so others can visualize themselves and their things in your space, but you also want to make your home look inviting and attractive at the same time.

 

Art Placement

Art is subjective and personal. It is important to consider the placement of your art. Showcase things in groupings, which gives your art a much bigger impact as a focal point in the room. You’ll also want to depersonalize the space and take down any family photos.  If you are hanging an art piece on the wall, be sure to hang it 60 to 66 inches from the center of the piece to the floor.

 

Freshen up the Bathrooms

Freshen and update towels, shower curtain, and a rug in the bathroom. This helps demonstrates that the house is well maintained. Buy white towels, which help bring a spa or hotel like feeling into the bathroom and shows the home is well cared for.

 

Lighting

Lighting helps create ambiance in a room. Adding more light, especially in rooms with few windows, will help make a room cozier and inviting. Maybe even consider freshening up your lamps or even the type of light bulbs you are using in your lamps. Also, before showing your home make sure you are bringing all the natural light into your home and turn on all the lights in every room. This will help your home look nice and bright and showcase your home in the best light, no pun intended.

 

What to do With a Spare Room

Consider the function of the rooms in your home. Do you have a spare room? Consider making these rooms either a guest room or an office. Convert a room so that people can see that each room has a function and purpose. Make each room as pretty and bright as you can to attract potential buyers to the home.

 

Clean Your Home

Clean, clean, and clean your home. A clean home is a well-loved and maintained home. This helps make an attractive home for potential buyers. You want to show that you have a lot of pride in your home, which will also help attract buyers. Be sure to clean up and keep your home nice and tidy before you have a showing.

 

Declutter Your Home

This is the number one rule to follow when staging your home to sell. Go through your home and pare down your personal items and things that you are no longer using. Consider donating items to a local shelter or Goodwill.  You want to look at your space and reduce the number of items in the room to help potential buyers focus on the size of the room. Make sure each room does not appear to be overly cluttered.  Also, take a close look at your furniture and what’s functional. If you are not using pieces of furniture or they are taking up too much space in the room, consider putting these items in storage until you sell the home or parting with the furniture you are no longer using.  The key is to pare things down to pure necessity and make sure each room is not overly cluttered. Again, you want to help the buyer envision what their life and things might look like in the home.

 

 

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