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Prepare to List

by Sid Lezamiz

Prepare to List

In a matter of weeks, the typically prime buying and selling months for real estate will arrive. If selling your home is in your plan for this year, now is the time to buckle down and organize your home.

Preparing to sell your home isn’t just about researching Realtors® and signing a listing agreement. You need to have your property in tip top shape. Even well-maintained, fresh and tidy homes may need some extra attention before opening doors to scrutinizing buyers.

Clean, clean, clean. Walking into a home that looks clean and smells clean is a powerful and lasting first impression. It immediately emanates pride of ownership. A perfectly clean and orderly home will be off the list of a buyer if a funky odor is what they remember. Don’t perfume or mask an existing odor. Find the source and fix it.

Light. Use every option to create a well-lit and sunny home. Drapes and blinds open to let natural light in through clean windows. Taking off the screens while showing creates an even clearer light source. If showing in the evening be sure all lamps and light fixtures are on before buyers walk in. Not only is a lit home welcoming from the inside but is very welcoming from the outside.

Tidy rooms and closets. Clutter makes rooms look smaller and distracts from any features your home may have. Box up and store excess clutter or sell, donate or trash it now. When your home sells the packing is that much easier.

Make repairs. Be a detective and find every dripping faucet and every squeaky door. You get used to the small deferred-maintenance issues in your home, but they will be loud and clear to a buyer.

Preparing your home to list is a big project. Start now and be fully ready for listing. It will take a lot of the stress out of selling process.


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New Colors for 2019

by Sid Lezamiz

New Colors for 2019

Every year the major paint manufacturers present their custom colors predicting how home owners and fashionistas will be using color in the coming year. It may not always be the fad that takes off, but it is interesting and a place to look if freshening up your home with paint is on the agenda. Offering a wide range this year are the following “Color of the Year” choices with the manufacturer’s description.

Benjamin Moore: Metropolitan (AF-690) a cool gray emanates nuance, harmony and extravagant ease. Always adaptable, it softens to matte or shimmers with sheen. It's neutral. It's understated. It just is. This is color, “off-duty."

Sherwin Williams: Cavern Clay (SW 7701) warm terracotta color with ancient, elemental roots. Cavern Clay is a nod to midcentury modern style, but with the soul of the American Southwest, which together creates a desert modern aesthetic.

Pantone: Living Coral (Pantone 16-1546) is an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.

Behr: Blueprint (S 470-5) an honest, approachable color that conjures up the blueprints builders rely on to bring architectural designs to life. Blueprint creates a space where you can build your own re-imagined life, where awareness of what we want to build for ourselves can transform into action.


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We Wish You A Merry Christmas

by Sid Lezamiz

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Christmas gift suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness.

To an opponent, tolerance.

To a friend, your heart.

To a customer, service.

To all, charity.

To every child, a good example.

To yourself, respect. -Oren Arnold

All of us at Lezamiz Real Estate join in sending Best Wishes for a
Joyous Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!

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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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