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May 28, 2019

Easy Ways to House Hunt With Kids

Shopping for a home with your family can be both exciting and challenging all at the same time. Depending on how old your kids are you may want to consider involving them in parts of the home buying process. You don’t necessarily need to bring them along to every home on your preview list, maybe just the top picks.  If you do bring your kids along or want them to be involved in the entire process that’s great, here are a few tips to keep in mind when house hunting with kids.

Talk with Your Kids About Moving

Talking with your kids and involving them in the process as soon as you start to think about moving is always a good idea. Moving may impact everyone in the family differently and can be stressful, especially for children. Be sure to involve your kids and talk with them about why you’d like to move, the benefits of moving, the excitement, and fear, etc. The more you understand any concerns your kids may have the better you can address them throughout the home buying process. Remember kids have their roots, memories, and friends too, and may be more sensitive about the idea of moving than you realize.

When to Involve Your Kids in the Process

You might consider sitting down with your kids and checking out some online home listings together. Ask your kids for their input while you are looking at the homes. Discover what they like or don’t like about the homes you are looking at.  Ask older kids to research nearby schools, parks and other attractions on their tablets or phones.  Or ask them to create a list of must-have features and let them check the online listing to see if the home has them. It is a good idea to drive through some of the neighborhoods and homes you are considering so you can explore the community together as a family and see if you like it before you consider previewing any homes. All these things can help kids feel like they are part of the process.

Don’t Drag Them to Every House

It might not be best to bring your kids to every home you’d like to preview. If you’ve done your homework with your kids in advance, you’ll know what your family’s needs are and can take those into consideration as you are looking. Once you’ve narrowed down the search to the top two or three homes then consider bringing the kids along. A good reason for this is that you wouldn’t want anyone in the family to get emotionally attached to a particular home until you are actually serious about buying it.

Involve the Kids When the Timing is Right

After you’ve narrowed down your top favorites it may be time to involve the kids and take them along to a second showing. It’s during this time you’ll want to ask them for their input. Also, you may want to consider discussing which rooms might be theirs but help them understand that you will be making the final decision. Again, you’ll want to be sure to talk openly about a move and its impacts on your kids. Teens especially may find it more difficult to switch schools and may be concerned about leaving their friends and having to make new friends if they will be attending a new school.  

Keep Entertained During the Showing

You’ll want to be prepared to keep your kids entertained so you can focus and talk with the real estate agent and go over any questions you may have. Bring iPads, their favorite games, books, etc. to help keep them entertained. Also, consider giving them a job while you are looking at a house. For example, have them look for the features that were most important to your family when you were doing your online search. If they find a feature, have them check it off a list. Maybe they’d like to test their photography skills if they are old enough and take some pictures that you can go back and look at later. If you feel like the kids may be a distraction and could prevent you from talking with the realtor about important features of the homes you are previewing, then you may want to consider leaving them at home for now.

It is possible to house hunt with kids; you’ll just want to understand your family’s limits. Also, be sure to make it an adventure and find something fun and new you can check out as a family while you are looking in a particular area. The key to successful house hunting with kids is to make sure you’ve done your homework and find ways to keep everyone entertained in the process.

 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
May 20, 2019

Renting Versus Buying: Do the Math

Right now, there is a lot of debate out there about renting versus buying. We understand it is a tough market right now and it’s also difficult to find affordable rentals.  Because of this, it’s important to talk about what makes the most sense financially when it comes to renting versus buying. After all, it’s about the numbers and your individual situation.

Obviously, everyone’s financial situation is different and that’s why it is great to talk with a loan officer who can assess your financial situation and needs when it comes to buying a home. The reality is, when you rent you are paying on someone else’s mortgage versus if you buy a home you’d be paying on your own mortgage. Let’s take a closer look at what makes the most financial sense. For example, a person who makes $3,500 per month will spend 27.7 percent of their monthly income toward rent. That is $957 a month. On the other hand, that same person who purchases a home will spends 17.5 percent of their monthly income toward their own monthly mortgage payment, which is $612. 50 a month. Pretty simple math, right? The question is, would you like to spend over $950 a month and pay rent towards someone else’s asset or spend $600 a month toward owning your own asset and having the ability to watch that investment grow over time?

Benefits to Owning a Home

It’s still a great time to buy and there are several benefits of owning your own home versus renting. The first is home ownership helps create long term stability.  When you buy your own home with a fixed interest rate mortgage you will always know what your monthly payment will be as opposed to renting where the landlord may surprise you with a rent increase at the time your lease is renewed annually.

The second benefit is the pride of home ownership. You’re now responsible for taking take care of something you call your own. You can even paint the rooms in your home any color you want, decorate how you’d like, take care of a yard and grow a garden if you’d like. These are all things that bring a different kind of enjoyment and satisfaction that only comes along with owning your own home.  

The third benefit is building equity in your home. Over time a home will usually become more valuable than what you paid for it and can appreciate in value. This is great news because a rental can only provide you the money you initially invested in a security deposit.

Buying a home versus renting is not an easy decision to make. After all, it is a long term investment that you’ll have for quite some time, so you’ll want to be sure home ownership is right for you. That’s why it is so important to partner and talk with a good REALTOR and lender who can help guide you through the process, help you understand the market, and the financial decisions you will make when it comes to buying or even saving to purchase a home in the future.  There are often loan programs available (especially for first time home buyers) to help your dream of home ownership become a reality even when you think it may not be possible depending on your financial situation.

 

Go ahead and start the conversation today, you have nothing to lose. In the end, once your financial situation has been assessed you can decide if now is the right time for you to buy versus rent. If you’d like to understand your financial situation better to help determine if you are ready to buy versus rent, please contact me today. I’m happy to help you not only do the math but find the home of your dreams.

 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
April 30, 2019

Buying a Home as a Veteran: What You Need to Know

We are proud to be a company in the Treasure Valley that is veteran operated and we salute our fellow service members for their service and dedication to this great country of ours. As a veteran, once you’re ready to buy a house, you have a few extra options and bonuses afforded to you that you should be aware of. We’ll take a look at those benefits today and show you how you can take advantage of them as you buy your first home. And remember, you are always welcome to contact us to help you along through any part of the buying process (even if you aren’t a veteran!). You can start by calling us at: 208-472-8606. We can’t wait to be part of your next home buying journey.


Veteran Benefits For Home Buying

As a veteran, you’ve served your country and now it’s time to take advantage of the support of a grateful nation. According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, qualified veterans are entitled to a few home-buying related benefits that you should definitely leverage when buying your next home. Here are the basic tenets of those benefits:

 

VA home loan programs may be used to obtain homes, condominiums, or manufactured homes; refinance an existing home loan; or install energy-saving improvements. VA offers these three main types of guaranteed home loan benefits:

  •  Purchase Loans
  • Cash-Out Refinance Loans
  • Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans
  • Delinquency Assistance

 

Benefits For Veterans With Different Backgrounds and Needs

While we covered the basic benefits the VA offers veterans when it comes to buying or refinancing a home, the VA also extends benefits and assistance to those with different needs or backgrounds. For example, they offer:

 

  • Native American Veterans Benefits (for living on Federal Trust Land)

  • Grants for Adapted Homes for Disabled Veterans

  • Help for Homeless Veterans

 

Check with your local VA office to see if you qualify for any of the above benefit programs. Depending on your needs, you can get help to access the tools you need to keep and maintain a home that’s right for you, and that, my friends, is part of the true American dream.

 

Where to Get Started

To see which benefits you qualify for, head over to the VA’s official home buying portal here: https://explore.va.gov/home-loans-and-housing. While you’re there you can learn more about these programs and even get a detailed checklist that will lay out exactly what you need to take advantage of these amazing programs that have helped the families of American veterans across the US achieve their dream of homeownership for generations.

 

To apply for your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) you will need to go to this page on the VA’s website and fill out all the applicable forms: https://www.va.gov/housing-assistance/home-loans/how-to-apply/

Make sure that you have a few hours free to see the process through from start to finish. You’ll need things regarding your financial and service history like:

 

  • Documentation of proof of income
  • A DD-214 or equivalent document
  • Certification that you will occupy the home
  • Credit history and current scores

 

Now, there is a lot of paperwork, but it is worth it in the end to take advantage of these amazing benefits that your service and sacrifice has earned. To access a great illustrated guide to the entire veteran home buying experience, check out this infographic. And, as always, remember to keep the real estate experts here at Boise’s Best in mind when you are searching for your next home. If you have any questions on this process or any other real estate related questions, please give us a call at: 208-472-8606.

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
April 19, 2019

Explore Meridian: a Vibrant Growing City

Meridian, Idaho is a great city that continues to grow yet it’s been able to keep its small town, family-friendly vibe going strong. The city of Meridian is a suburb to Boise, Idaho and remains one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. Its community development department says it is planning for a 98% increase in population over the next 30 years, which brings ripe opportunity for continued growth and economic development. What’s most impressive though, is the city and its residents are committed to continuing to make this one of the most family-friendly cities in Idaho and around the country. It’s doing a great job to create not only a place where people love living but also where they love working and enjoying all that the city has to offer.

 

As the city’s been growing have you, your friends or family had a chance to get out and enjoy some of the great things Meridian has to offer?  Here is a helpful list of places and activities to try. Get out and explore our great Meridian, Idaho!

https://meridiancity.org/parks/currentparks/settlers.html

Parks and Activities

Meridian is home to 19 parks. Its signature parks are Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park and Meridian Settlers Park. These parks offer great spaces to walk, incredible playgrounds, tennis and pickleball courts, Bocce courts, and basketball courts, as well as water features. There are also several parks in the Meridian area where you can fish if you are interested in that as well. Be sure to check out The City of Meridian’s Parks webpage to learn more about the parks near you.

 

Also, Meridian Parks offer a great Activities Guide if you are looking for fun activities for yourself or your kids to enjoy this spring or summer. You may also enjoy Outdoor Movie Night so be on the lookout for the summer schedule, it’s a great family activity.

 

Recreation and Fun

Meridian is home to some great entertainment and family fun. Of course, there is Wahooz Family Fun Zone, one of the largest indoor family entertainment centers in Idaho. At Wahooz you can enjoy 17 indoor and outdoor attractions including amusement park rides, bowling, miniature golf, go-Karts and so much more.

 

Then there is Roaring Springs Water Park, ranked the eighth best water park in the United States. The park offers many water rides and features for everyone to enjoy.

 

Do you enjoy race cars or maybe even like monster trucks? If you do, then you’ll want to be sure to check out what’s going on at the Meridian Speedway. Consider getting tickets for the Wendy’s Smash-o-Rama Fireworks, Demo Derby, Boat Races and Mr. Dizzy, Malicious Monster Truck Tour, or Eve of Destruction.

 

Love to jump? If so you’ll want to give Jump Time in Meridian at try. This was Idaho’s first indoor trampoline park. There is something for the whole family here including their new Ninja Warrior course. Go check it out!

 

If you love music then you’ll want to catch a performance by the Meridian Symphony. You’ll enjoy the music offered by this dynamic 70-piece orchestra. Don’t miss their Annual Concert in the Park, a free event held in June.

 

What about a visit to the new Children’s Museum? The children’s museum caters to younger children, 2- to 8-year-olds, and emphasizes learning through make-believe. The exhibits are planned to be hands-on for example a simulated airport, frontier outpost, and dinosaur dig.

 

Farmers Market and Farms

Meridian Main Street Market is a new farmers market located in Meridian, formerly known as the Meridian Youth Farmers Market. The market is a way for local farmers, crafters, artisans, and youth to engage the community by selling their products. This year there is a new twist to the market and there will be 73 rotating vendors that will include a beer and wine truck as well as music. Visit the market every Saturday and shop local starting April 13 through October 22, 2019.

 

Wagner Farms is a locally owned and operated family farm where you can visit and buy seasonal fruits and vegetables. They even sell farm fresh eggs. The farm opens in June or July to the public.

 

Shopping and Food

Meridian is home to some great shopping and restaurants with more coming very soon. Get away and enjoy a stroll through the Village at Meridian where you’ll enjoy a variety of shops, a bite to eat, a beverage, and even catch a movie. Maybe you’ve even heard that the following retailers and restaurants are opening in the near future such as Soft Surroundings, Columbia Sportswear, Texas de Brazil, Chip (a gourmet cookie delivery), Anthony Vince Nail Spa, and Roosters Men’s Grooming Center just to name a few.

 

 

Schools

We can’t forget about the great schools located in Meridian. We’ve got the West Ada School District, which is filled with wonderful teachers who are helping to educate kids in our community who will become the future leaders of tomorrow. In addition, Meridian is home to Higher Education with Idaho’s first Medical School, The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) as well as Idaho State University’s Meridian Campus.

 

 

As you can see, Meridian is a fantastic city to live in. If you already live in Meridian, or if you are considering a move to Meridian, maybe this has inspired you to get out and explore all that the city has to offer. If you live in the surrounding Treasure Valley area come and check out all that the city has to offer. You’ll see firsthand how Meridian is growing and experience why this is such a great place to live.  

 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
March 29, 2019

Looking to Find the Perfect Camping Spot This Summer? You Better Hurry!

If you are looking to enjoy the great outdoors in Idaho this summer, then you’ll want to hurry and reserve your camping spot as soon as possible. We know you’ll be ready to say “Please, pass the smores” with this list of camping hotspots this summer.


Many of Idaho’s high-profile camping destinations can be reserved through recreation.gov. or Idaho States Parks and Recreation.  Keep in mind that these destinations fill up fast as they are available for booking at least six to nine months in advance. However, you might still get lucky to get a spot, but you’ll want to check and reserve sooner than later.

 

Payette National Forest

Ponderosa State Park in McCall is located only a couple of hours from Boise. This State Park offers a beautiful campground with camping located within short walking distance to the lake. Cabin rentals are available as well. Check out this short video to see the natural beauty this place has to offer.

 

Grouse Campground on Goose Lake north of Brundage Mountain is also a beautiful place to try if you want to escape the crowds of McCall.

 

Upper Payette Lake. Fishing, canoeing, hiking, and biking (there's a 1-mile paved trail) are among the popular activities at this gorgeous spot in the mountains 19 miles north of McCall. It's a no-wake lake. Half of the campground is available on a first come, first served basis.

 

Cold Springs Campground is less than a mile from Lost Valley Reservoir, which offers quality fishing and a chance to see the rare Northern Idaho ground squirrel. It's 10 miles west of New Meadows.

 

Sawtooth National Forest

Redfish Lake in Stanley, Idaho is beautiful and only a few hours from Boise. This is a popular summer camping destination however, there are still options if you can’t find camping around Red Fish Lake itself or the Lodge. Here are a few other campgrounds to consider checking out Sunny, Gulch, Chinook, Glacier View, and Outlet.

 

If you are looking for first come, first serve give Heyburn and Sockeye Campgrounds a try, or beautiful Alturas Lake Inlet Campground. Alturas is located about 25 miles south of Stanley. It's a quieter, less-commercial setting than Redfish Lake.

 

Boise National Forest

Lake Cascade, this campground offers individual campsites as well as 10 developed campgrounds. There are several day use areas, and six boat launch ramps as well.

 

Shoreline at Warm Lake (near Cascade), Big Trinity Lake (highest drivable area in Idaho) and Sagehen Creek (near Smiths Ferry).

 

South Fork Boise River

If you want to plan a quick weekend camping trip, then the South Fork of the Boise River is your place.

 

There’s nothing fancy or complicated about camping along the 12-mile stretch between Anderson Ranch Dam and the Danskin access point. From driveway to the campground, you can arrive in less than two hours. No-fee camping is first come, first-served and spots are primitive, though a few restroom facilities are scattered along the dirt road that parallels the South Fork.

 

Getting there: From Mountain Home, take US20 to Anderson Ranch Dam Road, and turn left onto the dam. Turn left after the dam, head into the canyon and look for marked camping spots on the left.

 

Middle Fork Boise River

The campgrounds along the Middle Fork of the Boise River feel like another world away and it’s only a 50-some mile drive from Boise. If you’re willing to drive the windy, bumpy, sometimes-sketchy road between Arrowrock Dam and Atlanta, you’re rewarded with more than a dozen public hot springs (plus the private Twin Springs Resort), fishing, mountain biking, and hiking.

 

A few basic Forest Service campgrounds dot the way, as well as some primitive sites. Troutdale Campground has five sites on a first come, first serve basis, picnic tables, and a toilet.

Upstream, Ninemeyer Campground is an eight-site, no-fee campground with no amenities — unless you count its proximity to great hot-springing.

 

Looking for Adventure

If you are interested in Idaho adventures no matter what time of year it is you’ll want to check out Stueby’s Outdoor Journal. Hopefully, you are inspired to book your next Idaho adventure and get out and enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer. Happy travels, camping, and trails to you!

 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
March 22, 2019

Is the Housing Market Declining?

Spring is here and the Treasure Valley housing market continues to see both strong buyer and seller activity especially as people continue to move to Idaho. Even with the continued growth in Boise and the surrounding areas such as Meridian, Eagle, Star, and Nampa we’ve had several people ask if the housing market is declining as they’ve noticed homes for sale staying on the market a little longer than what they’ve been used to seeing.

We wish there was an easy way to explain the current housing market but there is not. What we can tell you is no, we are not seeing a decline in the market. We are however experiencing a slight shift to what may have once been considered a more normal housing market. That’s hard to really say though since the Treasure Valley housing market has been far from normal for quite some time now. Because of this, here’s our best analogy to help explain the most recent market shift we are experiencing.

Let’s say you are driving along the freeway and the speed limit is 65mph however, you and everyone else are driving 80mph. Now consider you’ve been driving this speed for over an hour and you recognize you’ve made great progress in your distance by driving over the speed limit. Then suddenly up ahead you see a couple of cars coming towards you and they flash their lights. Off in the distance, you see the flashing lights of police cars and now everyone who was doing 80mph adjusts their speed and slows down to 65mph. Luckily everyone manages to avoid a ticket since you all were driving the speed limit. Now suddenly you feel like you are no longer moving anymore even though you are still going fast and you’ll still get to your destination in a reasonable amount of time even though your speed has decreased. You still notice something has changed as a result of the decrease in speed. This is exactly like what’s been going on with our housing market.

 

Our housing market has been on hyperdrive as far as price appreciation has been concerned and we were seeing 15 to 20 percent appreciation. Now the market has slowed back down to normal were we should be around 4 to 6 percent appreciation.  As a result, we are also seeing days on market increase and home prices coming down slightly. Something to keep in mind though is the average days a home is on the market in a healthy homebuying market is sixty days. In the Treasure Valley, we are still well below sixty days on the market for most sellers. We are still thriving and it’s a buyers and sellers’ market, so consider this slight market shift the new normal in our ever-evolving housing market.  If you have any questions about the market, would like to know the value of your home, or if you’d like to beat the spring selling rush, please contact me. Let’s get together, coffee is on me.  

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Feb. 27, 2019

What's Trending in Home Décor This Year

Are you looking for easy trends to modernize and refresh your home? Look no further than the five newest home décor trends that won’t cause you to pick up a paintbrush or have you start ripping out your flooring. A super cute home with less work, sign us up!

 

Eco-friendly accents

Introducing natural elements into the home can be pleasing to the eye. Designers are seeing more people incorporate socially responsible design materials into their homes. Eco-friendly materials like jute, rice paper, and clay can be introduced into your space to help create a comfortable grounding vibe. Bonus: these materials don’t harm the planet and its precious resources!

Big bold plants

The jungalow vibe is going strong this year. It’s all about big, bold plants like a dragon tree a rubber tree or any kind of palm tree. If you are ready to turn a room into a green wonderland there are a few things to keep in mind. Before plant shopping determine where you will position your plants in your space. You’ll want to make sure the plants can survive and thrive in their new environment where they will be placed. Also, find out how much sunlight and water your plants will need. Some plants can be high maintenance. Plants bring a great pop of green color into any space and they are good for your health. Other natural textures you may want to incorporate into the look are jute rugs, storage baskets, rattan chairs, and woven wall-hangings.

Modern Retro – 70’s BoHo Chic

Many older design trends are coming back in style, such as velvet and geometric patterns. Design experts are expecting to see many nods to the 70’s era this year. 70’s chic decor is all warm palettes, funky textures and abstract silhouettes. Think elegant and luxurious, not eclectic like the 70’s just exploded all over your home. Think soft and unconventional textures and materials like velvet, tweed, leather, marble, metal, brass, and teak wood. Whimsical and abstract silhouettes, and vintage accessories make a retro glam-inspired space. Incorporating this trend into your home will bring out amazing personality into every living room or bedroom design.

Mementos & heirlooms will adorn walls & start conversations

 

If your photos have been living only on Instagram or Facebook for the past few years that’s about to change. The trend is to incorporate your mementos and heirlooms that tell stories into your overall design concept. They make for great conversation starters and add a personal touch to your space. Print your favorites and display them in chic, clean frames on your wall.

Design trends change rapidly but some of these trends just may turn out to be more than this year’s fad. In fact, there is a good chance that more than one of these ideas will make its way into your home décor for years to come.

 

 

For more trends follow favorite designers like Nate Berkus or Emily Henderson or check out Pinterest, Instagram and search the web for 2019 home décor trends for more inspiration.

 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Feb. 18, 2019

Meridian, Idaho: The City of Love

Anyone can plan something romantic on Valentine’s Day but doing something special for your loved one the other 364 days might require a little extra inspiration. We are here to help! Meridian, Idaho is a great place to celebrate and spend time with the one you love. If you are looking to try something new check out these great local spots.

 

A New Vintage Wine Shop

If you or your sweetheart likes wine, we have the perfect place! The Old Vintage Wine Shop offers those visiting a variety of wines to taste at their wine bar. Come try their Involuntary Commitment Red Blend or Hat Ranch’s Rosé. If wine isn’t your thing, they also have a variety of beers on tap for you to sample.

Idaho Wine

It’Sugar

There is nothing that says “I love you!” like some sugar! Get your sweetie something sweet at the candy shop! Drop by It’Sugar in the Village and peruse the multitude of different sweets available. The store has something for all tastes– five-pound gummy bears, pink Starbursts, and lots and lots of chocolate.

 

Louie’s Pizza

If your love doesn’t have a sweet tooth then how about some pizza! You won’t find a more romantic spot than Louie’s Pizza. Savor a candle lit dinner next to the indoor fountain while being serenaded by the likes of Frank Sinatra. Louie’s offers a wide variety of Italian food and amazing desserts to share.

 

Big Al’s Bowling

If you are looking for something different to do on date night, you should head to Big Al’s. Enjoy some refreshments and friendly competition by challenging your date to a game. If bowling isn’t up your alley, an arcade is located upstairs.

 

The Flower Place

You can’t go wrong with flowers and you really can’t go wrong with flowers from The Flower Place in Meridian. The shop has beautiful bouquets of roses, lilies, carnations, daisies, and tulips. They also offer at an affordable price unique and beautiful arrangements.

Idaho Flowers

Nothing Bundt Cakes

If your date has a sweet tooth and you want to surprise them with something a little outside of the box try cake. But not just any cake. Bundt cake! Nothing Bundt Cakes makes delicious bundt cakes for any occasion. These sweet treats are sure to surprise and impress.

 

Sunrise Cafe

Are you and your special someone an early riser? Most romantic dates focus on dinner. We think this is a missed opportunity! What says romance better than bacon and eggs? There is no better breakfast in town than at the Sunrise Café. The original diner is a Meridian treasure. The signature Sunrise Scramble or scones made from scratch are house favorites.

 

Meridian, Idaho is quickly becoming the best destination to work, live, and play in the Treasure Valley. With so much to do it can be overwhelming. As experts in the Meridian area, we are here to help identify the greatest Meridian has to offer. If you are thinking about moving to Meridian and would love to learn more about the area, please feel free to give us a call. We would be happy to give you a tour of this incredible city!

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Jan. 29, 2019

Easy Fixes For Indoor Chores

During the warmer months of the year we are often inspired to take care of those outdoor chores because that is where we spend our time. No one wants to relax on the patio and look at a messy backyard. In the winter, we are mostly stuck inside which means we should want to take care of our indoor chores. While that might not always ring true, we have put together a list of easy fixes for those annoying inside projects so that you can take care of them quickly. At least this will help us stay busy until we can dust off the BBQ and get back outside!


Squeaky Doors

One the easiest problem areas to fix is squeaky doors. WD-40 or petroleum jelly does the job. Either spray the hinges with WD-40 or coat them in petroleum jelly. Move the door back and forth a few times for no more squeaking. Be sure to wipe away any extra lubricant to avoid dust collection.

 

Creaking Floors

Creaking hardwood floors can be irritating. To take care of this issue, simply sprinkle some talcum powder onto the problem areas and sweep into the cracks. The squeaking should cease and you can now enjoy quiet floors. If floors begin to squeak again, simply repeat the process.

 

Stained Tubs

For a bathroom tub that looks a little less white, mix equal amounts of baking soda, Cream of Tartar, and lemon juice to create a paste. Apply the paste to the stains and let it sit for about 45 minutes before rinsing with warm water. This process will have your tub looking bright in no time.

 

Slamming Cabinets Doors

Opening and closing cabinet doors can make quite a racket, and the cabinets can take a beating. Purchasing packs of peel and stick drawer bumpers from a home improvement store can solve both problems. Be sure to clean the cabinet doors before applying the bumpers to ensure the bumpers stay put. This easy fix stops the sound of slamming cabinet doors and protects the cabinets.

 

Sticky Drawers

Hard to pull out or sticking drawers can be annoying. An easy way to fix this is to pull the drawers out and rub Gulf wax along the tracks of the drawers. Once the drawers are back in place, you should find the drawers slide much better when opening and closing them.

 

Ceiling Water Stains

To remove those pesky water stains on your ceiling try spraying the stain with a solution of 90% bleach, 10% water. Leave the solution on the stain for a day or two and it should disappear. If not, a quick touch up with paint should clear up the issue. Remember, a water stain could be a sign of a bigger problem so get a professional out to take a look.

 

Calcium Build-up

Over time a showerhead may not work to its full capacity because of calcium build-up on the exterior. To remove the calcium build-up and get that full spray back, fill a plastic quart sized bag with white vinegar, immerse the showerhead in the plastic bag, and attach the bag with a rubber band to the showerhead. Leave the bag on the showerhead overnight and most of the build-up should disappear. If the full spray does not return, you may have to remove the showerhead to remove particle build-up from inside.

 

Posted in Boise's Best Blog
Jan. 23, 2019

Explore Northwest Meridian

Are you looking for some new ways to get out and connect with the Northwest Meridian community this year? The city of Meridian sponsors and area businesses host events that cater to every person no matter age or interest. Why not check out some of the great activities Meridian has to offer this year? Check out this list we put together. See you in Meridian!

Last Call Trivia Nights

Calling all trivia buffs! Bring your friends or come alone to duke it out with other trivia enthusiasts every Wednesday night at Moxie Java. You and your team could win refreshments while having fun and meeting others in your community. Best of all, this event is free to the public. Are you ready for the challenge? Check out their Facebook page for more info.

 

Out N About Social Dog Walk

If you love the outdoors and dogs then this is the event for you. This free event sponsored by the Meridian Library District invites you and your furry friend to come out for a stroll every second Saturday of the month from 10:00 to 11 A.M. at Julius Kleiner Memorial Park. Leashes and smiles are required.

 

Meridian Library at City Hall

Want to check out a new book but don’t have time to run to the library? Well, let the library come to you! The Meridian Library’s Mobile Library makes a stop at City Hall every Wednesday from 2 to 4 P.M. A smaller selection of books, movies, and CDs are available from the mobile library. You can even return books or pick up holds from the bookmobile. If you have reading on your New Year’s Resolution list then here you go!

 

Game Night

Head over to Heritage Hop Haus in Meridian for some Rock n’ Bingo every Wednesday from

6:30 to 10 P.M. While you’re there, be sure to check out the craft beers on tap. This is a great place for a date night or some fun with your friends age 21 and older. Be sure to bring your growler for their Growler Fill Station so you can take some fun home! Check out their Facebook page for more info.

 

Safety Screenings

The City of Meridian is committed to the safety and well-being of its residents. Free car-seat inspections and free hearing tests are offered every month. Make sure to spread the word to friends and family who might also benefit from these services. Those interested can check out the City of Meridian’s Community Calendar for more information.

 

This is just a sampling of what Northwest Meridian provides its residents. The changing seasons also welcome yearly favorites such as the Farmer’s Market, Trunk or Treat, and holiday bazaars you won’t want to miss. Be sure to check out the Community Calendar on the City of Meridian’s website each month to stay informed. No matter how long you have lived in Meridian, there is always something new and exciting to explore. This year enjoy all your community has to offer and have a wonderful 2019!

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