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July 10, 2020

Buying A Home In The Age Of Coronavirus: Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of The Experience And Stay Safe

We are definitely living in interesting times. While a lot of things have changed, people still need to buy and sell houses so that at least has stayed the same. Buying a home can still be done safely and efficiently these days, however, there are a few extra considerations you might want to keep in mind. In Boise, the weather has been great thus far this summer and there isn’t a better time to be shopping for your first home or your next dream home. Here are some tips for you as you begin your journey. 

 

 

Technology Is Your Friend. Use it!

Luckily, we happen to live in an age where you don’t have to leave your couch in order to take a full tour of a home you’re looking at buying. If you have a smartphone or even a home computer or laptop, then you can do so much of the buying process from the safety and comfort of your home. Here are a few ideas:

  • Embrace smart features like 3D tours
  • Type the address of the home you’re looking for in YouTube’s search bar. There may be a full HD walk-through video of the house there already. Many real estate agents do this!
  • Ask your agent: Is there no video walk-through already? Ask your agent if they would mind connecting a Zoom call with you while they walk through the house you’re thinking about buying. It’s a great way to get a full walk-through remotely. 

Expect Competition

The Boise (and Treasure Valley) market has always been competitive and this year is no different. Competition and demand are just about as high this year as they have ever been, so expect to have to place an offer on a home quickly as someone else may have their eye on it. 

 

Social Distanced Open Houses

Many real estate agents are doing staggered or “by appointment” open houses. This might be a good and safer way for you to experience an open house in the new neighborhood you’re looking at. You can still go to open houses, it’s just a little different! While many agents are providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for their clients, you may want to bring your own just in case. It’s always good to have backups. 

 

Do More Drive-By’s When Searching

While alone or with your partner in your car, you can be more safely away from other people and even more comfortable during the summer heat. If you find a handful of houses you want to look at on your smartphone or computer, why not plug them into your navigation system and give them a peek in person? There’s a lot you can tell about a house just by its neighborhood and surrounding areas and you can see exactly how the outside looks instead of having to rely on staged and photoshopped images. You can do a lot of the heavy lifting without even getting out of your car!

 

Even though things have changed, finding your dream home doesn’t have to! You can still get out there and buy the perfect home, it will just be a little different process. For all of your buying or selling needs, give us a call. We can’t wait to hear from you. 

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June 29, 2020

Top Summer Activities During Covid-19

With confirmed COVID-19 cases currently rising all across the country, Summer 2020 may be looking dull compared to previous years. Cramming into a crowded mall or going to a packed beach seems to be out of the question, leaving many of us wondering what fun family summertime activities we can do while doing our part to stop the spread through social distancing.

 

As it turns out, there’s quite a bit that you can do; some of which may even surprise you.

Make Your Own Ice Cream

What screams “summertime” louder than homemade ice cream? This recipe is easy to follow and yields about 1.5 quarts of tasty vanilla ice cream that will cool you right down to your toes. Even better, this recipe doesn’t call for any eggs, which means it’s vegetarian-friendly (still bring the Lactaid if you’re lactose intolerant). Here’s how to get started.

 

Equipment You Will Need

Ice cream maker (available from your favorite physical or online retailer)

Wire whisk

Airtight container

 

Recipe

1 ¾ cup heavy cream

1 ¼ cup whole milk

¾ cup sugar

⅛ tsp fine sea salt

1 Tbsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean

 

  1. Pour 1 cup of heavy cream into the saucepan over and add the sugar and salt. 
  2. Cut open the vanilla bean pod, scrape the seeds into the saucepan, and place the empty vanilla bean pod into the mixture as well.
  3. Warm over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Remove mixture from heat and add the remaining ingredients. Whisk then chill.
  5. When ready to churn, pour the mixture into the ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until ready to serve.

Go Stargazing

Have a need to go out into nature? Central Idaho is home to the first dark sky reserve in the United States, and is the perfect place to get an unabashed view of the night sky, devoid of any rampant light pollution. Spanning from Sun Valley to Stanley, the area covers roughly 1200 square miles, and gives you the perfect excuse to hit the road and learn more about astronomy.

 

If you’d like to take pictures, be sure to get a wide-angle telephoto lens, as cell phone cameras simply don’t do the night sky justice.

 

If Sun Valley is too far out for you, Idaho is still largely rural outside of the Treasure Valley, so finding the perfect spot to watch the stars is never too far out of reach.

Have a Barbecue

Yup, the classic summer pastime of grilling your favorite warm winter treats is still possible in the times of COVID-19. The only differences this time include:

  • Maintain 6 feet between yourself and those outside of your immediate household.
  • Wear masks.
  • Keep gatherings to under 10 people.
  • Wash your hands.

It is believed that COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets, so please don’t throw a group barbecue if you or any likely attendee is sneezing and/or coughing. And it’s also a good idea to have one person dish up everyone’s plate so that multiple hands aren’t contacting utensils.

Visit an Outdoor Farmer’s Market

Feel like the walls are closing in on you? Another good way to stave off that cabin fever is to go to one of the handful of farmer’s markets that operate right here in Boise, Idaho. Not only are you getting access to healthy fruits and vegetables for your entire family, but you’re also helping local farmers.

 

Some popular, open-air farmer’s markets in Boise include:

  1. Reggie’s Veggies on the corner of Milwaukee and Ustick.
  2. West Bench Farm, located off of Mountain View Drive across from Boise Sandlot.
  3. Boise Farmer’s Market, located on the corner of Americana Blvd. and Shoreline Dr. (Saturdays only.)

All of these markets have a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and other local delicacies to check out. You may even find a new favorite. Just don’t forget to wear your mask, practice social distancing, and together, we can flatten the curve.

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June 19, 2020

Planning Your 4th Of July Weekend In The Treasure Valley For 2020

With so many events being cancelled due to COVID19 it’s hard to keep track of what exactly is still happening and what isn’t. This year, unlike just about any other year in the last century, is seeing an unprecedented change in the way in which we approach commonplace holiday events like concerts, bar crawls, and of course, parades. We’ve done some extensive research on what family friendly events are still happening this year in and around Boise so you can spend less time scouring the net and more time having fun with family or finishing your latest quarantine project (as of 6-19-2020). Here are some great events you can still attend both online and offline. 

 

 

NRG Music And Productions Presents: A Virtual July 4th USO Show

Let your patriot flag fly while enjoying the kicking tunes of this spectacular online USO show! Join electrifying performers Kymm and Andy Salmonsen as they dazzle the crowd with their renditions of patriotic favorites from every decade. While they normally perform live on the USS Midway as they have for the last 10 years, they will be performing this year from a virtual venue across cyberspace for all to enjoy. 

 

The Particulars:

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: Online (Virtual Event)

Time: 9:00pm

Cost: $15 per individual or $35 for a family pass

More Info: Check Out Their Event Page

 

Virtual Fun With Juice Plus And Friends

Local company Juice Plus is hosting a fun online event that will be fun for the whole family! They are eager for our community to get to know the Juice Plus family and are celebrating with an online event that will feature amazing speakers, activities, and prize drawings. Fun for everybody from the comfort of home.

 

The Particulars:

When: July 3rd, 2020

Where: Online (Virtual Event)

Time: 4:30pm

Cost: free

More Info: Check Out Their Event Page

 

4th Of July Fireworks Display In Caldwell

Like just about every other city in the state, Caldwell has cancelled most of its July 4th festivities, but with one exciting exception: The fireworks display! Bring the family and make sure to keep a good social distance from other watchers and enjoy the dazzling display of pyrotechnic patriotism! While there isn’t the traditional parade or BBQ, the fireworks will still be a fun way to celebrate our great nation. 

 

The Particulars:

When: July 4th, 2020

Where: Brother’s Park. Located at 4099 S. Indiana Ave., Caldwell

Time: 9:45pm

Cost: Free

More Info: Check Out Their Event Page

 

(Bonus Event) J.U.M.P Over To A Special “Foodie First Thursday”

That’s right, while this event isn’t necessarily on the 4th of July, it is one of the few live in-person events happening in Boise that week, and it’s a cool one! While First Thursday is always a fun time, the Foodie First Thursday is on another level. Presented by Buy Idaho, this event is a can’t miss because it features spectacular food, art, and culture events from Boise’s vast international community. 

 

The Particulars:

When: July 2nd, 2020

Where: JUMP Building, downtown Boise

Time: 5pm to 9pm

Cost: free

 

More Info: Check Their Event Page

 

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May 28, 2020

Tips For Having Fun During Quarantine!

Just because we’re cooped up at home (most of the time) doesn’t mean that we have to be bored. As the summer kicks off it’s time to start getting creative when it comes to keeping ourselves and our family entertained and happy. Let’s go through some fun activities together that may inspire you to chase away the quarantine doldrums. 

 

Create Your Own Board Game (Or Play Your Existing Board Games Over Video Chat)

Creating your own board game is a fun and rewarding process that can pay off in hours of unique fun for you and your family. Get together and gather some basic supplies like dice, paper, cardboard, scissors, pens, pencils, markers, etc. This is part craft project and part brain exercise. You’ll want to sketch out a concept for the game itself and then start to create the main board, the rules, and the game pieces. Keep it simple at first, but once you have the core concept down you can customize and go wild! 


You can then playtest a few games and make tweaks to the rules along the way. Part of the fun is just finding out what works and what doesn’t work and all of the entertaining goofs that crop up.

 

Since we are all practically living on video chat, it’s also a perfect time to play common board games over video chat with friends and family in a kind of virtual game night. Since games like Monopoly, Checkers, and Candyland are in practically every home’s closet, you can each get out your own set and play virtually on your own board respectively. It’s fun and is a great way to while away the evening hours without having to go outside.

 

Explore The World...Virtually 

Just because we’re spending most of our time at home doesn’t mean that we can’t still explore the world! Google has a great set of curated content that allows you to explore the world virtually from the comfort of your keyboard. You can take tours of amazing museums from around the world, like the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. They have a whole website dedicated to expanding your arts and culture horizons virtually. Take a look here for more! 

 

Get Adventurous In The Kitchen

Yes, it’s very good to support local restaurants at this time, but it is also a great time to practice your skills in the kitchen. You can perfect your favorite recipe or branch out and learn new ones! The choice is yours. If you’d like to get a little crazy in the kitchen we have two great suggestions for you. The first is trying a fun and delicious recipe by the great Alton Brown. It is called lacquered bacon and it is a way to make a mouthwatering bacon/candy hybrid that will have you sneaking back for seconds. Check out the video here. 

 

Do you love pizza but don’t own a pizza stone or fancy pizza oven? If so, then do we have the recipe for you! Since it’s summertime and it’s time to get the barbeque going anyway, why not make the most amazing homemade pizza you’ve ever had in your barbeque while learning a new skill to boot? Here’s the full video so you can get started.

 

No matter what you decide to do with your time in quarantine, it’s important to savor the fun moments with your friends and family and to look on the bright side. Have fun and be safe out there!

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May 15, 2020

Sellers: Help To Increase The Resale Value of Your Home By Keeping Your Patio In Good Shape

Want to help increase the resale value of your home and impress your summer BBQ guests at the same time? Well we have just the guide for you to help you with your real estate selling needs! 


With summer around the corner, patio season is in full swing, and that means that you’ll want to have your setup looking fresh and clean. Let’s walk through some tips and ideas for getting your patio and all of its accessories looking great!

 

Increase That Resale Value: Take Care Of Your Window Coverings

If you haven’t been cleaning your exterior window coverings this winter, then now is the perfect time to apply a little elbow grease to make them look sparkling new. Do you have a set of exterior solar shades? If not, then you really should consider getting some! Exterior solar shades help absorb heat, reduce glare, and lower your energy bills all while making your patio space a veritable bonus room for your house. Your friends and family will be happy to have the extra space, especially if they are going a little stir crazy lately. 

 

What You’ll Need To Clean Your Exterior Window Coverings:

  • Bucket with warm water and mild detergent like dishwashing liquid. (about 1 to 2 tablespoons per gallon)
  • Two large sponges (one for applying the soapy water and the second for rinsing and absorbing excess water)
  • Microfiber towel (if available). Grab at least two
  • Box fan or hair dryer
  • Vacuum with soft brush attachment (optional)

 

Look at the manufacturer's guidelines first before cleaning, of course, then gather your supplies near your patio. Next, take your sponge and bucket of soapy water and submerge the sponge. Take the sponge out and squeeze excess water out until you have a moist but not dripping wet sponge. We need to be careful with moisture because some exterior coverings can be sensitive or damaged by excess water. Starting from top to bottom, scrub all affected surfaces with the sponge, making sure to get in between any cracks and hard to reach surfaces. 

 

Once everything has been soaped, then you’ll want to take the clean sponge and some clean water and gently scrub any excess soap residue. After you’ve finished with that, then it’s time to break out the box fan or hair dryer and get everything dry as soon as humanly possible! Too much moisture can damage or stain certain parts of the window coverings. 

 

Finish Off The Patio

Grab your broom and some trash bags and sweep away any dirt, dust, and leaves that may have built up on your patio. Check under your eaves and around the sides of your house for any cobwebs that may have built up and sweep those too. Don’t forget to stop by your local greenhouse and load up on flowers. Nothing spells summer on the patio like fresh flowers everywhere! Now it’s time to enjoy your patio and the increased potential resale value of your home! 


Want more real estate selling and buying guides? Check out our other great real estate content, including our Boise Relocation Guide on our website!

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April 27, 2020

Let’s get ready to BBQ!

Let’s face it. Your BBQ grill hasn’t gotten a lot of attention since last summer. Between the holidays and the bad weather followed by a complete lockdown during the early spring, most bbq grills haven’t been used since last summer. Remember last summer? How easy we had it back then. It was a time when you could just call your friends over and have some burgers and steaks smoking away on the barbie. Now, not so much. But wait! Just because we are quarantined now, doesn’t mean we will be through the whole summer. So, let’s look at how we can get our grill up and running and back into fighting shape for when the time comes. Heck, even if you don’t have a huge party planned for then, cooking on the grill for a simple dinner is a great way to treat the family to a nice change of pace while saving a little on the electric or gas bill. 

 

Stage 1: Move. Spray. Wipe.

Spiders. Bugs. Creepy crawlies. No matter what they are, they just love invading a dormant barbecue grill. Don’t worry, they will find their way inside, unless you toss your grill out at the end of every summer that is. The best way to deal with these little gremlins is to get the garden hose ready, then you’ll want to move your grill from its winter resting spot and set it in the middle of your lawn. Take your hose and blast the area where your grill was sitting, making sure to get all of the bugs and cobwebs that have built up over the pre-COVID19 months. Then, take your hose to the grill (be careful if it has electronic parts) and spray the whole thing down, top to bottom. Tip it on its side to drain and let it dry out in the sun for a few hours. Sweep up the grill area after it has dried a little bit. 

 

Stage 2: Burn It.

You’ll want to clear out all of the leftover grease and food debris that has been sitting over the winter to gum up the works. The best way to clear this out (and to sanitize everything) is to blast it with fire. If you have a gas grill, then you’ll want to turn your gas up to high and close the lid. Wait for everything to get to at least 500 degrees and then wait five minutes then turn the heat off. Open the lid and let everything cool down for at least another half hour. 

 

If you have a charcoal grill, you can do the same thing but just with some fresh charcoal bits. Light a larger than normal amount of charcoal up in the grill and close the lid. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then spray the charcoal with water to cool off. You can dump it into the dirt first to avoid a steam blowout, but only if you can do so safely. 

 

Stage 3: Soak And Scrub.

Next, regardless of what type of grill you have, it’s time to clean the cooking area. Take the cooking grill off and put it into a 5 gallon bucket (or similar soaking tub that is large enough). Fill the tub with warm water and about a quarter cup of dishwashing liquid. Let soak for at least an hour and then remove the grill pieces and set them on an outdoor table. Take a grill grade wire scrub brush and scrub the excess gunk off both sides. If you have a lot of buildup, you can toss on a thin layer of baking soda and spray some white vinegar (undiluted) over it to cover so that it forms a workable paste. Continue with the wire brush until clean. Grab your garden hose and spray the Dickens out of everything and then put your grill back together. If your grill grates are cast iron, then you can finish with a light layer of vegetable oil. 

 

Stage 4: Enjoy.

Now the fun part! Once your grill has dried and is all back together, you’re ready to start cooking! Have fun and try some new crazy recipes this year! 

 

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April 6, 2020

House Hunting in the Era of Social Distancing

House hunting in the era of social distancing is a new and exciting prospect! But, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many people around the U.S. are going through the exact same problem: wanting to buy a new home but wondering what’s the best way to go about it in the era of COVID19. Well, we have just the thing for you. We have put together a list of tips and tricks you can try in order to get the most out of your home shopping experience while still staying safe within the social distancing norms. 

 

Our Website Is Your New Best Friend

While many of us may have only spent a passing amount of time online prior to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s time to get more acquainted with our old friend the Internet for your next house hunting venture. Good thing that Boise’s Best Real Estate has you covered! We have several powerful tools to help you get the information you need in order to make the best buying and shopping decisions for your next home purchase. 

 

Powerful Search Tool

We are plugged right into the MLS pipeline and that means that searching for a home on our website is actually BETTER and more accurate than searching Zillow.com because they are not plugged into the MLS database. They only get their information 2nd hand from other sources. Come straight to the source and use our legendary home search system. Start searching right here: http://www.boisesbestrealestate.com/buying/

 

FREE Digital Relocation Guide

This incredible guide has all the information you will need if you’re thinking of relocating to or buying your first home in Boise. The guide is 100% digital and can be delivered quickly to your email inbox! This is a great way to stay informed about the current state of the housing market and adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

 

Free Online (Instant) Mortgage Calculator

In addition to the other spectacular tools we have available on the site, we also offer a free instant mortgage calculator tool to aid you in your buying and budgeting journey. This allows you to quickly estimate your monthly mortgage payments so that you can zero in on the house in a price range that is perfect for your budget. Check out the tool here: http://www.boisesbestrealestate.com/mortgage-calculator/

 

Ask For A Virtual Tour

Since it’s harder to just pack everything up and travel around the city these days, it pays to know that you don’t have to! You can ask your real estate agent to reach out to the seller for you and see if they can provide a virtual home tour. They may have already shot the video on their smartphone and can get it to you very quickly. Or, you can agree to a Zoom call with your real estate agent and they can walk you through the house virtually while answering any questions you may have along the way. Who says you have to leave your house in order to shop for one?

 

Any more buying or selling questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We can’t wait to hear from you. Here is our contact page link: http://www.boisesbestrealestate.com/contact-us/

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March 26, 2020

Caldwell, Idaho. A Gem In The Gem State

Caldwell, Idaho. It is an historic college town located about an hour’s drive west of Idaho’s capital, Boise. It is home to the beloved College of Idaho which is the state’s oldest public educational institution founded in 1889. Around the college campus is the famed Historic district that is home to some of the oldest and most treasured estates in the Treasure Valley, many of which date back to the mid to late 19th century. Caldwell has seen incredible growth the last 20 years, increasing by 100% between the years of 2000 and 2020 according to the Idaho Statesman. To give you a little perspective, the fair city of Caldwell has seen an average yearly growth rate of about 3.2% whereas New York City has seen an average yearly growth rate of about 0.3% in the same period according to worldpopulationreview.com


What’s Great About Caldwell?

A better question to ask is really, what’s NOT great about Caldwell. Caldwell is uniquely situated in the valley to be close to its rural and historical roots while also having a foot in the 21st century. There is so much area to the west of Caldwell to grow and expand, that the possibilities are virtually endless, until you hit the Oregon border, that is. For real estate prices, houses in Caldwell cost an average of 39% to 45% less for the same square footage found in Boise. The average home price in Caldwell as of March 2020 is about $240,000 while the average home price in Boise for the same period is $350,000. Since most places in Caldwell are close to a freeway onramp, which takes you straight to downtown Boise, buying a house in Caldwell and commuting to Boise makes great sense for your budget. Just make sure to stock up on podcasts and great Spotify playlists as the commute can be an hour or more each way. 

 

Caldwell is also home to some of the best coffee and small eateries in the state. People have been flocking to Bridges Coffee & More located centrally off of 10th street in downtown Caldwell. If you love a good old fashioned greasy spoon breakfast from a family-owned business, then look no further than Mr. V’s Family Restaurant. They serve breakfast all day and have been open since 1971. 

 

If you’re looking for something a little different than great coffee and breakfast foods, then we suggest you check out Orphan Annie’s Bar and Grill. They serve some of the best mix of regional and international favorites, including sweet and sour Mandrin chicken served over rice or a juicy New York steak surf and turf meal with soup, salad, and a baked potato. They have something there for everyone. 

 

For the best south of the border food, you’ll want to check out Amano authentic Mexican food restaurant located just off Main street. They serve handcrafted tortillas, cocktails, and authentic Mexican food from recipes passed down for generations. If you’re in the mood for something more on the fast casual side of Mexican food, you’ll want to dine at Tacos El Rey located off 5th street. They serve inexpensive yet mouth watering items like fresh fish tacos and burritos. They have a homemade sauce selection that will absolutely blow your mind, but not your budget!

 

Conclusion

 

Caldwell is a great place to visit that is growing quickly. It has inexpensive real estate, great food, and a beautiful downtown area with a rich history that spans all the way back to the wild west. We can’t wait to see you here!

 

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March 5, 2020

Highlighting the Boise Rescue Mission March to End Hunger

The Boise Rescue Mission has been a valued fixture of Boise society for many years. We wanted to take some time this week to celebrate all they have done for the community and how you can help make their ongoing mission a success. This month (March) they are doing a fantastic event called The March To End Hunger which is a special combination food drive and building competition. You can register a team today in order to participate! The winner gets a recognition via the Mission's social media page and a fantastic golden can trophy to show others that your team went above and beyond in gathering food to help feed those in the area in need.

 

 

How Do We Sign Up?

You just need to fill out this registration form here before the last week of March: https://boiserm.org/castle/ Pictures of your creation will need to be sent in before midnight on the 31st of the month to be eligible. 

 

How Are The Castles Judged?

The can creations will be judged on two criteria: the amount of food collected, and the overall creativity of the construction. Judging and voting will take place on the Rescue Mission’s Facebook page. This is an opportunity for your group, business, church, or family to collect cans of food and other non-perishables to help men, women and children in your community.

 

Ok, The Contest Sounds Great, But Can We Help In Other Ways?

The Boise Rescue Mission is happy to take just about anything you can think of, but mostly they are in need of non-perishable food like canned goods, dried goods, and sealed boxed goods like cereal and pasta. They are always helping people in and around Boise in need, which is part of what makes them so great! Here’s their current donation needs list below:

 

Boise Rescue Mission March To End Hunger Supplies Donation Needs List

  • peanut butter
  • jelly
  • canned chicken
  • canned fruits
  • canned veggies
  • coffee
  • mayonnaise
  • spaghetti sauce
  • boxed cereal
  • granola bars
  • diapers - sizes 1, 3, and
  • newborn
  • baby wipes
  • anti-bacterial wipes
  • household cleaning
  • items
  • men’s hygiene products
  • toiletries
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • salt/pepper
  • taco seasoning
  • garlic salt
  • cooking oil
  • salad dressing
  • soy/teriyaki sauce
  • corn starch
  • bottled water
  • BATTERIES: AAA, AA, C, & D

 

What Else Does The Boise Rescue Mission Do?

There’s so much to that! They have several locations and services, it’s hard to list them all, but we will go over some of their marquee relief endeavours. 

 

Emergency Shelter And Services

For men and women, they offer immediate assistance to those who need shelter and a hot meal. Both in Boise and Nampa. According to their page on the matter

 

Boise Rescue Mission Ministries is committed to caring for every man, woman and child in need across the Treasure Valley, no matter where they are at in life. If someone is homeless or struggling and in need of a hot meal or a safe place to stay, he or she can visit one of our emergency shelters in Boise or Nampa, ID — no prior arrangements are necessary.

 

Addiction Recovery Programs

Their New Life Discipleship & Recovery Program is designed to help people of all walks of life face their addiction head on and gain the tools they need to be addiction free. It is a program that ranges from 12 to 24 months and will help those in need build a more successful life. Learn more here.

 

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Feb. 25, 2020

Spring Selling Tips

Thinking of selling your home this spring? Now’s the time to do it before the market heats up for summer! You’ll want to get yourself out of hibernation and into money making mode before the rest of the home sellers do. It's time to get a jump start on your competition and feel pretty good about your freshly cleaned home! Plus, if your home makes a better impression on a buyer, then you could stand to make a good amount of money off of your effort. All in all, it’s a win win! Let’s get started. 


Get That Curb Appeal

Since the outside of your house is going to be making the first impression to buyers, you’ll want to start there. Plus, since winter is just about behind us, the chances are good that you haven’t done any yard maintenance in a few months due to heavy rain or snow or just cold weather in general. It’s time to dust off your rake and hedge trimmers and get to work! Here are some good places to start: 

  • Raking the lawn of any scattered winter debris
  • Trimming back hedges and bushes as necessary to make clean lines 
  • Hit the perimeter of your lawn with an edging tool to get the winter grime off of the outer areas of your lawn and to have it cut a clean line as well
  • Trim tangled or messy branches that may have gotten broken in the winter
  • Power wash the siding of your house and don’t forget your windows while you’re at it. At least all of the windows visible from the front of the house
  • Sweep and wash driveway, sidewalks and walkways
  • Replace your old welcome mat for a fresh clean one
  • Plant cold spring flowers like Pansies, Snapdragons, and Dwarf Crested Iris’s
  • Clean your gutters 
  • Check your dryer vent for debris. If you haven’t cleaned it out in a while, here’s a handy guide on doing so

 

Move Indoors For That Inner Beauty

Ok, now that you have your outdoor spring cleaning pretty much done, it’s time to move indoors to finish the job. You’ll want to start wherever a potential buyer would start: your home’s entrance and man living areas. This will help you make the most of that ever so valuable first impression. 

 

Here’s a checklist to get you started:

 

Kitchen

  • Clean stove top and stove vent hood area
  • Sweep, mop, and detail floors
  • Clean off and polish your refrigerator door and any other part that is showing
  • Clean out and rinse off your trash can if it is visible, but it might be a good idea anyway
  • Dust cobwebs out of corners high up
  • Dust and wipe down blinds and window coverings
  • Vacuum furniture and account for pet hair by vacuuming a second time after the dust settles
  • Wipe down and polish your wood furniture in the dining and living room area to give it that extra shine

 

There is a good list to get you started! If you have any questions or want to sell your house this year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us so we can help

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