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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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Feb. 19, 2020

Treefort is Coming to Town Again! Here’s What You Should Know

It’s almost that time of year again: time to listen to some great music and partake in your favorite activities at Treefort! This year will be another record year for Treefort Music Fest with more top bands and “forts” than ever before. Everyone had a blast last year and we’re gearing up again to join our fellow Boiseians in all of the music, food, and festivities. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the highlights of this year’s epic Treefort. 

What Killer Bands Are Performing?

This year’s lineup is even more jam packed than ever before. From 137 bands in 2011 to over 440 bands in 2020, the Treefort Music Fest is quickly rising to the levels of other popular festivals like Coachella or Bonnaroo. It makes a perfect amount of sense because we love music here in Boise, so why not make our town a must see stop along the yearly tour route? 

 

This year’s lineup is hotter than ever with sizzling top tier acts like Chromatics, Calexico, and Japanese breakfast, but with so many bands playing this year, it’s impossible to see them all. Worry not, we have a few recommendations for some diamonds in the rough that you should definitely check out this year.

 

Check out Prefuse 73:  AKA Guillermo Scott Herren, produced some of the most groundbreaking DJ fusion hits from the last two decades. His 2003 album One Word Extinguisher set fire to and helped define the early 2000’s club scene. His singles like The End Of Bitters - International were almost single-handedly responsible for popularizing the glitch-dance genre with a lasting impact on popular artists of today like Marshmello and DeadMau5. Bring your dancing shoes.

 

Check out Xiu Xiu: Pronounced “shoe shoe,” Xiu Xiu is actually not a Chinese band. It is in fact a single member band composed of a guy from California named Jamie Stewart. Anyway, Stewart is a runaway genius when it comes to ingenuity and experimental post 90’s rock and roll. His albums will challenge you as much as they will entertain you. Stewart has been known to be a stellar performer when seen live and often finds creative ways to push the envelope. 

 

Check out Black Bolt: Punk in its purest form is alive and well today with this local crew. Their energy is raw like bloody nerve endings and they have a talented lineup full of punk powered rage that radiates off them while on stage. They are influenced and inspired by such great sub-genres like American punk, effervescent indie rock, 90's skate classics, morose post-punk, unhinged hardcore, and nasty garage punk. Did we mention they are local as well? You won't want to miss their set which is Thursday the 26th of March at 10PM at RamaPong.

 

What About Something Cool That Isn’t A Band?

Well, we have just the thing! There are so many great things to enjoy and do, but we recommend you check out the events at Foodfort, specifically the Street Eats event happening at the Alefort tent on 1109 W Main St. This event will feature street level favorites from around the world! It starts at 5PM on March 26th. Don’t miss it!

 

 

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Jan. 28, 2020

Raise a Glass on Valentine’s Day in Meridian, Idaho

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! One of the best ways to celebrate the day of love is by sharing a great dinner and a glass (or two) of good, tasty, wine. Wine, for many years, has been synonymous with Valentine’s day, probably because in more ancient times it was one of the best ways for the love-lorn to gain enough liquid courage to profess their love. Or, maybe it also helped to soothe the soul if one found themselves alone around this time of year. Either way, the wine has been flowing on Valentine’s day for years and years and it’s time to check out some of the best places in and around Meridian where you can find the best wine that Idaho has to offer. 


Tavern At Eagle Island

Tavern has one of the most sophisticated and romantic atmospheres in the whole Treasure Valley. They offer some of the best seafood and steaks as well, but the real kicker is their extensive wine menu. They have over 100 types of wine on offer either by the glass or by the bottle. Their wine menu is expertly put together and full of some of the most top of the line and mouth watering selections, like Beringer’s Private Reserve, Pepper Bridge Merlot, Quilceda Creek Cabernet, and Opus One “Red Wine” which retails for $365 per bottle. Have a huge appetite and check with your accountant before making reservations, but no matter the out of pocket spend at Tavern, you’ll walk away feeling like a million bucks. 

 

Divine Wine, Cork & Fork

Voted the “Best Place For Wine” by the Meridian Press in 2017, Divine Wine, Cork & Fork is truly where elegant food and exquisite wine collide. They consistently get great reviews for both their food, their service, and their wine. Here are a few taken from around the web:

 

“The wife and I were given the recommendation from another restaurant owner. Naturally we had to try it. The chef and ambiance were excellent. The chef oversees all meals. The wine selection was excellent. They make one of the best Creme Brulee's that I have ever had. The service staff was prompt and attentive. Very nice place to eat.”

 

“I was so lucky to get a chance to eat at this place! We had their filet mignon, and it was cooked to perfection! The wines were not bad either! Either sold by the glass, or bottle, it was a haven for good food and wine! I wish I could have hung out longer, because the staff and owners are really fun! Highly recommend!!!”

 

You don’t have to take our word for it! Try Divine Wine, Cork & Fork for yourself this Valentine’s Day season.

 

Bodovino At The Village 

How could we have a wine and food recommendation list without mentioning one of the all-time best places to spend time in Meridian? Bodovino at The Village of course! They have one of the most state of the art wine dispensaries in the West and a fantastic atmosphere to boot. Whether you’re there waiting for your movie time to start or just enjoying apps and drinks with friends, Bodovino is one of our favorite places to visit in The Village.

 

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Jan. 24, 2020

Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality in 2020

Make the Dream of Homeownership a Reality in 2020 | MyKCM

In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. led and inspired a powerful movement with his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Through his passion and determination, he sparked interest, ambition, and courage in his audience. Today, reflecting on his message encourages many of us to think about our own dreams, goals, beliefs, and aspirations. For many Americans, one of those common goals is owning a home: a piece of land, a roof over our heads, and a place where our families can grow and flourish.

If you’re dreaming of buying a home this year, the best way to start the process is to connect with a Real Estate professional to understand what goes into buying a home. Once you have that covered, then you can answer the questions below to make the best decision for you and your family.

1. How Can I Better Understand the Process, and How Much Can I Afford?

The process of buying a home is not one to enter into lightly. You need to decide on key things like how long you plan on living in an area, school districts you prefer, what kind of commute works for you, and how much you can afford to spend.

Keep in mind, before you start the process to purchase a home, you’ll also need to apply for a mortgage. Lenders will evaluate several factors connected to your financial track record, one of which is your credit history. They’ll want to see how well you’ve been able to minimize past debts, so make sure you’ve been paying your student loans, credit cards, and car loans on time. Most agents have loan officers they trust that they can refer you to.

According to ConsumerReports.org,

Financial planners recommend limiting the amount you spend on housing to 25 percent of your monthly budget.”

2. How Much Do I Need for a Down Payment?

In addition to knowing how much you can afford on a monthly mortgage payment, understanding how much you’ll need for a down payment is another critical step. Thankfully, there are many different options and resources in the market to potentially reduce the amount you may think you need to put down up front.

If you’re concerned about saving for a down payment, start small and be consistent. A little bit each month goes a long way. Jumpstart your savings by automatically adding a portion of your monthly paycheck into a separate savings account or house fund. AmericaSaves.org says,

“Over time, these automatic deposits add up. For example, $50 a month accumulates to $600 a year and $3,000 after five years, plus interest that has compounded.”

Before you know it, you’ll have enough for a down payment if you’re disciplined and thoughtful about your process.

3. Saving Takes Time: Practice Living on a Budget

As tempting as it is to settle in each morning with a fancy cup of coffee from your favorite local shop, putting that daily spend toward your down payment will help accelerate your path to homeownership. It’s the little things that count, so start trying to live on a slightly tighter budget if you aren’t doing so already. A budget will allow you to save more for your down payment and help you pay down other debts to improve your credit score. A survey of Millennial spending shows,

“70 percent of would-be first-time homebuyers will cut spending on spa days, shopping and going to the movies in exchange for purchasing a home within the next year.”

While you don’t need to cut all of the fun out of your current lifestyle, making smarter choices and limiting your spending in areas where you can slim down will make a big difference.

Bottom Line

If homeownership is on your dream list this year, take a good look at what you can prioritize to help you get there. Let’s get together today to discuss the best steps you can take to start the process.

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Jan. 7, 2020

New Year, New You, New House: Tips For Buying Your Perfect Home.

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are finally over and springtime is just around the corner. With the changing of the seasons and the new year starting off, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your home-buying strategy. With the New Year in full swing, the time to get yourself out shopping and exploring the market is now. The opportunities are boundless, all you have to do is break free of your winter hibernation and seize the day!

 

While you’re out making the day yours in terms of buying your next investment property or your new dream home, we’ll give you some tips and advice from the experts on how to zero in on the perfect home for you and your family. 

 

 

Try Before You Buy

Now, of course you can’t live in a house before you buy it or even put an offer on it, but you can do some things that can help you make a better buying decision before you do move in. First, if you’ve already done a walk-through of the house, then you’ll want to come back either in early morning when school buses and parents are rushing through the neighborhood to get their kids to school or later in the evening after regular business hours. Is the house you’re looking at situated alongside a major traffic artery for grumpy and rushed parents as they zoom past your house to and from school to drop off or pick up their kids? If you check out a house during normal business hours, you’re likely not going to see this, until it’s too late. Living next to a busy street that is a major artery for school-bound traffic can be loud, dangerous (all those speeders!), and a hidden inconvenience that you will want to avoid.

 

Explore After Hours

You should also drive by the house after work hours between 6pm and 8pm. Check and see how the neighbors are acting or parking or if there are a lot of noisy visitors or party houses on the block. When you take a tour during business hours, you’ll often miss or not see the party houses or loud neighbors because they are either sleeping last night’s party off or are away at work. Take a walk or a drive through the neighborhood during the evening to see how the neighbors are acting. Also, you’ll want to be listening for loud dogs or other animals in the area surrounding the house you’re interested in. If there are loud or angry dogs around, you’ll maybe want to pick a new neighborhood for your next dream home. 

 

Talk To The Neighbors

This one is a little trickier, but it can be a good idea to chat with the would-be neighbors on either side of the house. Since you will be potentially spending a lot of time around them and interacting with them, you will want to vet them before you’re forced to live next to them. Ask them about neighborhood noise as well. They will be glad to tell you about everything that has been bothering them about the area, no problem!

 

Good luck out there in the new year and remember, it never hurts to do a little more exploring and investigating when it comes to your new home! Boise’s Best is here for all your real estate needs. Give us a call and let’s make a plan today!

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