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Poinsettias

by Sid Lezamiz

Poinsettias

Nothing screams Christmas like a poinsettia plant. Part of the Euphorbiaceous botanical family, poinsettias were introduced to the United States by Joel Roberts Poinsett a botanist, physician and the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

In Mexico the poinsettia is considered a shrub growing 10 to 15 feet tall and at one time was even considered a weed. Traditionally red, poinsettias are now available in over 100 different varieties and colors. Recent research has proved poinsettias are not poisonous, as believed to be for many years. Poinsettia Day is December 12th, honoring Joel Roberts Poinsett who died on that day in 1851.

No Christmas tree. No problem. A large or multiple poinsettia plants can be a beautiful way to add Christmas decoration to your home instead of a Christmas tree. Using poinsettias is especially effective to save space and keep rooms visually open if you are selling your home.

Simple and easy centerpiece. Small poinsettia plants lining the middle of your dining table is an easy way to create a Christmas centerpiece. They can later serve as a small gift for each family or guest to take home.

Parties. A brightly colored poinsettia plant is a perfect hostess gift to take to holiday parties.

Follow advice for light and watering found with poinsettia plants when purchasing and enjoy the color and charm for the holidays and beyond.


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Holiday Safety

by Sid Lezamiz

Holiday Safety

We are into high gear for the holiday season. Preparing for holiday parties, get-togethers and family dinners. All the celebrations and fun will be upended if safety isn’t the highest consideration.

Holiday cooking. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and injuries. Set timers, supervise kids in the kitchen and be sure everyone is aware of hot surfaces or hot equipment. Use timers that continue to alert after the set time has been reached.

Christmas trees. Fresh trees and wreaths should be monitored for freshness and never allowed to dry out. Water trees daily and check for freshness by touching the needles for subtleness. Remove away from your house any trees or natural greenery that has dried out.

Candles. Place candles in a non-flammable holder. Never burn candles near anything flammable. Once lit and burning do not move the candle without extinguishing it first. Keep out of reach of children and pets. Do not leave an empty room with a burning candle.

Fireplaces. Have your chimney checked for creosote buildup and cleaned if needed. Always have a screen in front of burning logs, both wood or gas. Keep a window cracked open for fresh air and ventilation. Keep children away from the fireplace. Remember embers can remain hot without smoking or glowing.
Make safety in your home #1 on your holiday list this year.


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'Tis the Season

by Sid Lezamiz

‘Tis the Season

It may not be ideal to think of listing your home during the holidays, but the known advantages are less competition and highly motivated buyers.  So, if it works for you, discuss listing with your agent and then follow some well-given advice from Realtor.com.

Less is more.  A phrase made famous by architect Mies van der Rohe in 1947, referring to minimalist design.  A still-current way to show a home especially at Christmas.  Keep it simple and let just one or two decorations be your holiday cheer.

Maybe not a tree.  Unless your home has a perfect place for a tree that does not make the space seem smaller for its presence, consider using a wreath or greenery swag along a fireplace mantle if you have one, rather than a space consuming tree.  Decorating a wall or mantle is just as effective and draws attention to a fireplace without shrinking the floor space.

A few lights outside enhances the curb appeal.  Again, less is more with outside lights.  Outside lights don’t inhibit the space like a lighted tree inside and gives a cheery first impression.  If there is room to have a lighted planter at the door or a door wreath, all the merrier.

Subtle holiday smells.  Very subtle smells that are not offensive to anyone.  Baking cookies or bread, or a cinnamon-spice smell if it isn’t too strong.  Stay away from fake sprays or heavy odors.  It can backfire if someone has allergies.

Planning in advance and decorating your home with simple decorations allows you to enjoy the holidays and sell your home too.


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We Are Thankful

by Sid Lezamiz

We Are Thankful

The team at Lezamiz Real Estate is thankful.

  • For the natural beauty in the state of Idaho.
  • For the freedom of living in the United States of America.
  • For the abundance of food from our fertile land.
  • For the cultural and educational opportunities in Magic Valley.
  • For the trust and confidence our customers put in our ability to meet all their real estate needs.

Thank You for your business this year. We will work hard during the coming year to continue to uphold our real estate expertise.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Lezamiz Real Estate Team!

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Winter Listings

by Sid Lezamiz

Winter Listings

Historically spring is the busiest time the year for listing and buying real estate. But don’t dismiss winter as a time to list your property with some real advantages that cannot be overlooked.

Lower inventory means less competition. With most people who can plan on the time of year to list a property, spring brings a flurry of listing and selling. Listing in the winter with lower inventory increases the chances of your listing getting serious attention.

You can showcase features in your home specific to winter. Walking into a warm, toasty home with a crackling fire and well-lit rooms from a cold and snowy or rainy outdoors, is a unique and impactful first impression. A first impression that is impossible to create in other seasons of the year. During the holidays, tasteful seasonal decorations like a Christmas tree, or a beautifully set thanksgiving table, can intensify the experience of a buyers first impression.

Serious buyers only. The “lookers only” who look at every new listing….just to look, are at home in their own warm house, leaving the inventory to the serious buyers. The buyers who have a more immediate and urgent need to buy a house.

If you are planning to list your home in 2019 it may be an advantage to list ahead of the spring rush and take advantage of winter hibernation in the market.


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Lighting

by Sid Lezamiz

Lighting

With clocks turned back and deprived of the assist of daylight-saving time, it is noticeably darker during the normal working day especially late afternoon. It is the perfect time to consider the lighting inside and outside your home.

In addition to creating a welcoming glow and providing adequate wattage to work in your office or the kitchen, lighting fixtures can date or update a room or a whole house. Replacing light fixtures and bulbs can alone give a new fresh look to your home.

Replacing bulbs with LED’s will not only provide more illumination, but one LED bulb will last the equivalent of 42 incandescent bulbs. LED’s providing 50,000 hours of light will use 500 kilowatt hours of electricity. Incandescent bulbs will use 3,000 for the same number of hours. The higher initial price of the LED bulb is off-set by the savings in the number of incandescent bulbs you will have to buy, and the amount of electricity used. Pay attention to KELVINS when purchasing your new bulbs. It is the measurement of color of the light source. A “warm” color is 2000 to 3500 Kelvins and emits a softer warm color. In a work area 5000K may be desired to get a white temperature sometimes called “daylight”.

Replacing dated or generic fixtures with a trendy fixture can transform a room. The new industrial, dark iron or mid-century look will blend with almost any décor. Choose a focal point to try a new look. A sputnik pendant over the kitchen table or several oil-rubbed bronze and gold pendants over a kitchen island will give the room new life and good light.


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Fall Back Sunday-November 4, 2018

by Sid Lezamiz

Fall Back Sunday-November 4, 2018

Before you go to bed Saturday evening November 3rd, give yourself an extra hour of sleep and turn your clock back one hour. Daylight Saving Time officially ends for the year, Sunday November 4, 2018 at 2 A. M. It is time to regain the hour we forfeited last spring.

The idea of turning the clocks back and forth each spring and fall originated with a New Zealand entomologist who wanted more daylight during his working day to hunt for bugs. The idea was introduced favorably in England in 1908 but it was Germany who executed the idea in 1916 during World War I to save resources.

Proposed in the United States as a way to help farmers utilize more daylight hours when planting crops in the spring, it seems the retail industry was also in favor of the idea which would provide additional daylight hours for shopping in the late afternoon and evenings.

Used randomly during WW I and II and inconsistently among the states, Congress adopted The Uniform Time Act in 1966 to help regulate the dates and use of daylight saving time throughout the US.

Currently the states of Arizona and Hawaii do not observe daylight saving time. The state of Florida overwhelmingly approved using daylight saving time year-round in March of 2018. Congress will need to amend the Uniform Time Act in order for the law to go into effect.


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Mudrooms

by Sid Lezamiz

Mudrooms

Fall is the time of year to view beautiful fall foliage not piles of coats, dirty boots and shoes.
Mudrooms and organized entrance areas are fast becoming a necessity to busy family homes. From stylish custom-built individual rooms to flat-packs you put together yourself, creating an area to control the mess in an orderly way is a useful addition to your home.

Budget and available spaces will dictate a starting point. Using pre-made one-piece units that are readily available at big box stores or through the internet, can turn the smallest area into an organized dropping point for coats, school pack packs, shoes and boots. Adding a basket or dedicated drawer and you also have a drop-off for the mail.

If you have an existing back entrance that flows into an area like a laundry room or enclosed porch, you may have the space for a customized built-in mudroom that not only completely manages dropping points for all members of the family but can also be a valuable upgrade to your home.

Consider the following points to create a mudroom (area) for your home:

  • Individual coat hooks and cubbies or baskets for each family member.
  • A storage bench that provides a place to take off or put on shoes and boots and provides storage under the lid.
  • Durable flooring that can withstand the mess.

Simple or extravagantly detailed, mudrooms are an asset to your home and your quality of life.


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Fall Maintenance

by Sid Lezamiz

Fall Maintenance

One of the most important ways to preserve the value of your home is routine maintenance. Aside from the market value of a well-maintained home is the comfort and enjoyment to you and your family. Fall is an essential time of the year to prepare for shorter, colder days and inclement weather.

Trees and grass. Rake leaves and prune and trim your trees and shrubs. Inspect your landscaping plants for health issues and consider using an arborist if abnormalities or sickly trees or shrubs are found.

Clean the gutters. Rid the gutters of debris and dirt, in preparation for rain, ice and snow.

Air Leaks and holes. Walk around your home checking for small holes or loose and cracked caulking. Filling holes and replacing caulking and weather stripping not only extends the life of your siding, roof, windows and doors, but will keep out critters, insects and cold winter drafts.

Clothes dryer vent. An issue often overlooked is cleaning your dryer vent. Lint build-up not only cuts down on drying efficiency but is a fire hazard many people don’t think about.

Heating systems. Have fireplace chimneys cleaned of creosote build-up, which can cause fires. Have your furnace serviced and filters changed.

Security systems. Test smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries if needed.


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Interesting Idaho Info

by Sid Lezamiz

Interesting Idaho Info

1. Idaho is called The Gem State because there are 72 different precious and semi-precious gem stones that have been found in Idaho.

2. Star garnet is only found in quantity in two places in the world. Idaho and India.

3. Most of the nation’s supply of trout comes from Idaho.

4. Hells Canyon in western Idaho is the deepest river gorge in North America. It is 7,993 feet deep. As comparison, Grand Canyon is 6093 feet deep.

5. Idaho observes split time zones. The north panhandle is on Pacific time zone and the rest of Idaho uses Mountain time zone.

6. Idaho’s state capital building in Boise, is the only one in the U.S. that is heated by geo-thermal energy generated by a hot spring located 3000 feet underground.

7. You can sail from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho via the Columbia River then the Snake River. You will end in Lewiston, Idaho the most inland port on the west coast.

8. The famous Idaho potato is not actually native to Idaho. It was brought to Idaho in 1836 to the Nez Perce tribe as an example of a crop to grow for food.


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