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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

by Sid Lezamiz

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up


One of the most successful books to hit bookshelves in the past several years is not a spy novel or murder-mystery or even a Harry Potter adventure, but a book about how to tidy your living space and keep it that way. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo is a New York Times Best Seller.


Now on Netflix as a series, you can watch Marie successfully help clients declutter and organize their homes. You will soon learn her methodology and can implement it in your own home.


One of the main differences in the Kondo-method of organizing compared to more conventional methods is to tackle categories rather than rooms. For example, a big problem in many homes is the amount of clothes and shoes that accumulate and then become an emotional stumbling block to purge. With Marie’s method you gather ALL the clothes throughout the whole house and throw them on a big pile (a pile for each person’s clothes) and go through each piece one by one. She instructs you to hold each piece and decide if you wear the item and like the item and if it brings you joy. Learning to recognize if an item that brings “joy” into your life may take a while to figure out, but if a piece of clothing is stuffed into a drawer and forgotten, it could probably be considered for purging.


Another method Kondo introduces is the idea of folding most of your clothes rather than hanging. Hanging clothes take up to 40% more space than the method of folding she teaches. Folding clothes into a packet-like bundle and standing them up in a drawer (rather than stacking) allows easy viewing and access to all pieces. If you re-fold and stand up the clothing items in one drawer you will immediately see the benefit.


It is a fun and easy book to read and the Netflix series is very entertaining as well as informative.

First Day of School

by Sid Lezamiz

First Day of School


It is hard to believe summer vacation is over and the first day of school will soon to be here. Monday, August 19th marks the first day of school for the Twin Falls public schools, as other area schools also begin the 2019/2020 school year.


The Twin Falls Police Department urges drivers to SLOW DOWN and remember:

      • OBEY all school zone speed limits and crossing guards (most school zones are 20 mph).
      • STOP for school buses that are loading and unloading students with stop signs out.
      • LOOKOUT for children walking or riding bikes darting into the street.
      • BUCKLE UP everyone in the car when transporting your kids to school.


Allow extra time in the morning for the first few weeks of school. Children are one of our most valuable assets within our communities. Help to keep them safe.


“It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”-Igbo and Yoruba Proverb

The Plus and Minuses of Remodeling Projects

by Sid Lezamiz

The Plus and Minuses of Remodeling Projects


Updating and remodeling projects can increase the usable space in your home and increase your enjoyment of your home. Accordingly, Remodeling Magazine urges when planning projects to keep in mind which ones will add the most value to your home considering the expense of the project and which might add considerably less.


Plusses:


Garage door. Especially if your garage door is presented to the front of the house, replacing a garage door for functional and esthetic reasons is a good expense. If the replacement upgrades the curb appeal the return on investment will be close to 100%.


Minor kitchen remodel. Creating a better flow and replacing appliances and fixtures establishing a new, fresh look will maximize the return on investment by an average of 80%.


Adding a wooden deck. Adding a wooden deck can immediately change the flow and feel of your home as it expands the living area outside. Your return on investment will average 75%.


Minuses:


Expensive master bedroom additions. These suites can become very expensive by adding all the trendy must-haves. Fireplaces, huge closets and tricked out master bathrooms. Expect to re-coup only 59% of the cost.


Expensive kitchen remodel. The cost of a gut kitchen remodel can easily elevate to huge numbers. In the end an expensive kitchen remodel is something that a buyer will want to really love. If it isn’t to their taste it becomes a detriment. You may only retrieve 59% of the cost.


Stone patios. A plus to extend the living area of a home, but the cost can be up to 5 times more compared to the cost of a wooden deck. Expect to recapture in the neighborhood of 50% of the cost in increased value of your home.

Negotiating Offers

by Sid Lezamiz

Negotiating Offers


You have been busily maintaining and showing your home and the day arrives when you get a call from your Realtor® that he has received an offer. Now is the most important part of any home sale. It is a critical time to remain calm and be thoughtful about every step.


Keep your emotions in check. This is a business deal. Negotiating takes a clear and focused head to achieve a sale, so your plans that require this sale can advance. Concentrate on the facts of the sale and put memories and enjoyment of your home on hold.


Do not dismiss any offer without consideration. Insulting lowball offers happen. Concentrate on a reasonable counteroffer rather than fixate on the initial offer. You have someone who is interested in your property. Interested enough to submit an offer and an earnest money check. Don’t throw away all the hard work of finding an interested buyer by refusing to try to find a mutually agreeable contract.


Consider non-monetary counteroffers. Closing dates that are helpful to the buyer and including items in the sale that were excluded in the original listing are two negotiating tactics that often indicate a willingness to compromise and prompt a similar reaction from the buyer.


Let your Realtor® do his job. Your Realtor® is a trained professional working for you. He knows the market and the good, the bad, and the ugly of real estate transactions. Heed his advice and let him use his experience and education to bring your property sale to a successful closing.

Common Household Items That Work Double-time

by Sid Lezamiz

Common Household Items That Work Double-time

If you have ever found yourself in a bind with guests or worse yet a showing scheduled, and find you are lacking supplies to do a quick fix or freshen up your house, then read on for clever immediate repairs and fixes using common household items that are typically found in most cupboards.

Damp sponge.  A common household sponge when dampened with water is a quick way to clean pet hair off upholstery and carpet.  Run it over the surface then scrape the hair into the trash.

Baking Soda.  Known for neutralizing odors and great for absorbing grease.

  • Sprinkle it into your trash cans and onto carpets before vacuuming. 
  • Make a paste with hydrogen peroxide and use it in the bathroom and kitchen to clean and deodorize grout. 
  • Pour baking soda in your kitchen drain, then pour in vinegar, put in the stopper quickly and let it bubble the gunk and odor away before flushing with water. 
  • Sprinkle a layer of baking soda in litter boxes before adding a clean layer of litter. 
  • Add 2 teaspoons with your regular dishwasher soap to de-odorize your dishwasher.

 

Bar of soap.  Use the edge of a bar of soap along a zipper to loosen and unstick it.

Cooking spray.  A quick and alternate use for squeaky hinges.

Alka-Seltzer tablets.  Drop a couple into the toilet bowl for 20 minutes to clean.

Coffee filters.  Use for cleaning glass if you are out of paper towels.

Fair Market Value

by Sid Lezamiz

Fair Market Value


Fair market value is not a phrase you hear much. You know about appraised value as being the guideline for placing a value on your property for the purposes of getting a mortgage. A professional appraiser compares your home’s location, features and size to similar homes that have sold recently and by adding and subtracting value, depending on differences in the properties, a final monetary value is determined for the property in question.


Appraisals are not exact and can vary, but usually only slightly, from appraiser to appraiser.

Fair market value is the amount a buyer is willing to pay for your home. This amount is what a buyer is ready to offer based on their own situation, local market trends, interest rates, and their personal attraction or suitability for their lifestyle to a home.

There are intangible elements with any buyer’s offer. However, it is imperative that a seller uses only actual facts that can be verified and is careful to eliminate emotional attachment or other intangibles from the listing price.

Using a licensed real estate professional to determine fair market value, is the best way to price a new listing. They are intimately familiar with the local market and know all the trends that may not show up in current “sold” properties used as comparison.

Idaho Heritage Museum

by Sid Lezamiz

Idaho Heritage Museum


A cool place to take kids this summer, or anytime of the year, is the Idaho Heritage Museum right here in Twin Falls, Idaho.


Loaded with over 20,000 artifacts and 300 mounted animals the museum is one of the largest privately-owned collections in the United States.


Small and large life-sized mounted game animals displayed in their natural habitats, including a Bison and a now extinct Bison latifrons are included in the collection and on display.


Native American arrowheads, spears, knives and bone tools. An atlatl weapon used by ancient hunters to bring down huge animals. Gold and silver coins. Guns including commemorative rifles and old West Colt revolvers. A fun and educational museum will make a good field trip on a rainy or blistering hot day.


Located at 2390 and Highway 90 South in Twin Falls, the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday 11 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Fourth of July Trivia

by Sid Lezamiz

Fourth of July Trivia


Q: In what year was the Declaration of Independence adopted?
            A: 1776


Q: Who is considered the principle author of the Declaration of Independence?
            A: Thomas Jefferson


Q: Which department store has sponsored Fourth of July fireworks in NYC for the last 43 years?
            A: Macy’s. This year fireworks will be launched off barges in the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge.

Q: How many colonies signed the Declaration of Independence?
            A: Thirteen
Q: What do the thirteen stripes on the U.S. flag represent?
            A: Each stripe represents one of the original thirteen colonies.

Q: In which city was the Declaration of Independence signed?
            A: Philadelphia, PA

Q: Which man is remembered for his large, stylish signature on the Declaration of Independence?
            A: John Hancock

Q: Where are the fireworks in Twin Falls, ID on the 4th of July?
            A: College of Southern Idaho at about 10 P.M.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday!

CURB APPEAL PART 2

by Sid Lezamiz

CURB APPEAL PART 2 

Curb appeal when selling your property starts with cleaning and de-cluttering your yard and exterior. Keep vehicles in the garage or parked neatly in a parking spot. Toys and bicycles should always be put away. Buyers can book a showing or cross the property off their list, just by first impressions at the curb.


Lighting. If outside lighting exists, make sure fixtures are in working order and all bulbs match in Kelvin color. Kelvin is the color and intensity of the light produced by bulbs. It varies in intensity from warm low to daylight bright. Making sure all bulbs match in Kelvin creates a much more cohesive and inviting entrance.


Lighting fixtures. Make sure the fixtures themselves are clean and in good working order. Fixtures can be easily and inexpensively replaced with an updated look available at big box home improvement stores.


Potted plant with color. A bit of color at the front door will complete the invitation to look inside. One pot or a pair of live flowering plants is usually enough. Be sure not to encroach on the space available for standing at the front door. More is not always best. Keep them in good health. Dead and bedraggled plants can kill an otherwise good curb appeal.


House numbers. Another easy and inexpensive way to update and freshen the entrance area.

 

Mailbox. Make sure the mailbox, whether at the front door or at the curb, is in good repair. Ensure it blends with the overall appearance and look of the house. Save any cutesy ideas or team loyalty declarations for your new home.

Curb Appeal When Selling

by Sid Lezamiz

Curb Appeal When Selling


The thing about first impressions is there is only one shot at it. A first impression only happens once, the first time a potential buyer sees your property. It is why it is so important to prepare your home to present at its best before actively showing your home to buyers.


There is no substitute for good old elbow grease. Clean, de-clutter and clean again. The most modest of properties can look inviting by being clean, uncluttered and bright.


A first impression always starts at the curb. Maybe just a drive-by to see if it is worth making an appointment with the listing agent to view the interior.


Yard. The grass must be kept cut and trimmed. Consider contracting with a lawn service to maintain your yard while your home is on the market. Not only will it always look good, but it will be one less chore to worry about.


Power wash. A good power washing of the exterior of the house along with the hard-surfaced walkways and driveway will make a big difference. Not only will you clean the brick or siding but knock down any insect nests and spider webs.


Clean windows. After power washing, windows will need to be cleaned in order to be streak-free and let the light into the house.


Front door. Make sure the front door is clean and fresh and in good repair. A coat of paint in a tasteful color will complete a neat and tidy fresh look.

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Lezamiz Real Estate Co.
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Twin Falls ID 83301
Office: 208-734-7007
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