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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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Disasters Happen

by Sid Lezamiz

Disasters Happen

Wildfires on the west coast and flooding on the east coast. Both are sober reminders of the devastation that can suddenly and sometimes unexpectedly change our lives. The best protection is to be prepared with a family plan and supplies for a wide range of emergencies.

Start by preparing each household member with a basic strategy:

• How to get to safety
• how you will contact each other

Stay informed particularly with developing potentially dangerous weather. Unexpected disasters such as explosions, earthquakes or terrorism can be less devastating if a plan is in place and children know exactly what to do.

September is National Preparedness Month. Homeland Security has prepared an easy to follow guideline to help families prepare a plan along with printable check lists.

Disasters Happen-Prepare Now-Learn How. CLICK HERE

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Smart Homes

by Sid Lezamiz

Smart Homes

If you have always wanted to live like the futuristic cartoon The Jetsons, products readily available on the market today will help you achieve many of the functions of that animated 60’s family.

A smart home in today’s world provides its owner security, comfort, energy efficiency and convenience. Appliances, lighting, heating and air-conditioning, TVs and security systems all can communicate with each other. A home owner can communicate with them by programming schedules or by remotely controlling their functions from any location in the world using a computer or phone.

Millennial home buyers will appreciate and understand smart home features. Because a smart home can be easily established using individual products, buying and installing only what you will use is the way to modernize your home for today’s buyer.

The top voice and remotely controlled features to begin with:

• speaker and control center
• indoor security cam
• light bulbs
• thermostat
• door lock
• outdoor security cam


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Mailboxes

by Sid Lezamiz

Mailboxes

If you live in an area where your mail is delivered to your home, you are required by the U.S. Postal Service to have a receptacle to receive the mail. Door slots must be at least 30 inches above the floor where they are installed and mailboxes 41 to 45 inches high if you have curbside or roadside delivery. There the regulation ends.

Some developments have their own requirements for mailbox design aside from the USPS, meant to create a uniform and cohesive look to the streets of a neighborhood. Simple black posts with identical black mailboxes or brick surrounds that encase the mailbox and match the brick of your home.

Popular decoration of mailboxes sometimes includes the personality of the owner. It might include painting the mailbox and post the colors of your favorite sports team or a big plastic fish where the mail is delivered into a big plastic fish mouth, or a clever one that has a 6 to 10-foot rod extended above the regulation 41-inch high mailbox, upon which an additional mailbox is attached and labeled Airmail.

Mailboxes become part of the curb appeal (or not) of your home. Keeping your mailbox tasteful, in good repair and blending with the overall look of your home and landscaping is still the best curb appeal if you are selling your home.

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Twin Falls County Fair & Magic Valley Stampede

by Sid Lezamiz

Twin Falls County Fair & Magic Valley Stampede

One of the most highly anticipated events for Magic Valley, Idaho residents opens tomorrow.

August 29-September 3, 2018
Twin Falls County Fair & Magic Valley Stampede
215 Fair Avenue
Filer, Idaho

Providing a venue for 4-H and FFA projects, Professional Rodeo and Cowboy Association competition, food booths, carnival rides, free magic and hypnotist entertainment.

Grandstand entertainment highlights this year include:

          • Octane Addictions Free Style Motocross Show - August 29th
          • Magic Valley PRCA Rodeo - August 30-September 1
          • Old Dominion Concert – September 3

Find an online calendar of events and an option to plan your own itinerary and buy tickets CLICK HERE

“Committed to providing a positive enjoyable experience, while maintaining traditional values with emphasis on youth and agriculture.”– Twin Falls County Fair Board Mission Statement

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