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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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Staging

by Sid Lezamiz

Staging

Staging your home when listing it for sale can be an important part of the selling process. As always cleaning and de-cluttering is crucial. But sometimes a trained eye that sees beyond the way a room looks and functions can dramatically change the first impression and appeal of your home.

Professionally trained stagers consult with you and in as few as 2 hours present a DIY plan that uses your existing furniture with suggested arrangements and accessories, de-cluttering priorities, lighting and window treatment recommendations.

The cost for a DIY consultation is modest, usually based on the square footage of your home, and can dramatically change the look and flow of your home along with the marketability. More detailed services are also offered by most stagers, including furnishing and staging empty homes and condos. Most stagers are flexible and can provide a detailed plan for DIY or do the entire staging with their own staff and furniture.

Staged homes help potential buyers visualize how their furniture will fit, set your home apart from others on the market, appeal to a wider range of buyers and most importantly has the potential to produce a higher offer and a quicker sale.

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Study Zone

by Sid Lezamiz

Study Zones

It is hard to believe that Twin Falls schools first day of classes for the 2018/2019 school year is just 6 days away. Monday, August 20, 2018. Now is a great time to find and customize a study area in your home for each of your homework-aged kids.

Determine the type of study atmosphere each child needs. Does your child do well in a private area that is quiet without other children, or a common area where more than one child can be working at the same time. Even in a very small house you can find and transform areas that work for study zones.

Elevate the bed. Raise the bed in bunk bed fashion to create a study area underneath it rather than another bed. The footprint will be the same as before and it is a fun and private spot to study.

Revamp half a closet area. A small desk with a chair in an existing closet will not only be a fun place to study, but when the closet door is closed no one will suspect it is there.

Create a desk on a bookcase. Build a drop leaf desk on an existing bookcase that can be opened when needed for study and dropped down when not in use.

Find an area and create an easy and comfortable place for homework. Many ideas and advice can be found on the internet. Help your child succeed with their school work.

Remember to slow down and be cautious when driving as area schools reopen in the next few weeks. It takes the whole community to keep our children safe.


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Closing Smoothly

by Sid Lezamiz

Closing Smoothly

If you are among the many people who have purchased a new home during the summer and expect to close within the next few weeks, it is crucial to follow some very important advice until the closing.

Your mortgage lender has approved your mortgage based on the last credit information they used. Do not hinder a reversal by making changes in your credit. Monitor your spending judiciously. Delay new purchases and spending other than your usual living expenses.

Do not buy anything with your credit card. by making large purchases on your credit card. It may skew your qualification.

Do not increase your credit limits. Wait until after closing. Increasing your credit limit before closing to purchase furniture or other items, even if you won’t finalize the purchase until after closing, could possibly jeopardize the closing.

Do not establish new credit. Offers for a new credit card in your mailbox may be exactly what will help to furnish the new living room. Do not initiate a new card until after closing.

Do not cancel existing credit. Even an empty card that you do not use could trigger and change your credit should you decide to cancel it. Wait until after closing.

 

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Backup Generators

by Sid Lezamiz

Backup Generators

Extended power outage in your home can cause discomfort both in winter and summer but also has the potential to cause hefty financial loss by losing refrigeration for fresh and frozen food and frozen pipes in the wintertime.

Discomfort can turn to danger for infants, very young children and older adults or infirmed if an outage extends to many hours, days or weeks.

One option to hedge your bets on disaster is to prepare with a backup generator. Stationary units installed and run by propane or natural gas, can provide seamless electridcity with an automatic start as soon as your electricity is interrupted. Portable generators are less expensive but must be kept fueled. Both choices should be installed with transfer switches between the unit and your electrical box. This protects your electronics and appliances from potential power surges.

A system that can power your whole house can be quite expensive, up to $10,000 or more depending on location and size of your home. Thinking ahead and planning for only the most important appliances to be operated and providing electrical service in only part of the house can be very affordable and accomplished with a smaller stationary unit, starting around $2500 or a portable unit starting as low as $300.

Planning is the key component in a backup generator. Having the unit installed properly and safely and knowing how it will work in the event of an outage, is an insurance policy for peace of mind.

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Tune Up the Bathroom

by Sid Lezamiz

Tune Up the Bathroom

You hear and read about it all the time. Bathrooms and kitchens sell houses. But that doesn’t mean you need to blow out either of these rooms in your home for a costly renovation. Presenting an inviting and highly functional bathroom shouldn’t wait until you want to sell your home. It is achievable by easy and inexpensive maintenance.

Clean tile grout. There are companies that steam the grout clean and there are handymen that scrape and repair the grout. It is also easy to push up your sleeves and do it yourself. Which ever technique your tile needs, the result can be shockingly good. Even dated tile if squeaky clean with sanitized or new grout can look like a new bathroom.

Re-caulk. Pull off the old caulking/sealant that edges your tub and lavatory sinks. Not only does it discolor over time, but it also may become moldy with years of moisture trying to penetrate the seal.

Repair or replace faucets. Dripping faucets wastes hundreds of gallons of water a year and adds to the discoloration and dirty build-up on the grout and caulking. It is usually an easy fix by a plumber, or there are hundreds of handy YouTube videos to help you DIY. If the faucet is unfixable, there are many choices for replacement starting as low as ten dollars from any of the big box stores.

Get your bathroom clean and mold-free. A fresh coat of paint will add to the clean fresh feel. An inexpensive shower curtain and towels will make even the most dated bathroom look and feel appealing and functionable.

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Buy in July

by Sid Lezamiz

Buy in July

The back to school ads are starting to appear signaling the end of the traditional school summer vacation. Although there is still at least a month for most kids before getting their backpacks out of storage, the middle of July is actually a very good time to go house hunting according to Realtor.com and Zillow.com.

While early spring often brings the greatest number of choices of homes to buy because of the number of new-listings and fall and winter bring the best deals because of unsold homes and less new-listings, statistics reveal July brings both choice and deals.

July affords the best of both worlds. A good selection of homes still on the market without the sting of aggressive new-listing prices. It is a great time to buy.

Start your July buy by finding a Buyer’s Agent. An agent will provide:

• Instant market knowledge.
• Expert negotiating skills.
• Access and recommendations for other professionals including mortgage brokers.


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Porchfest

by Sid Lezamiz

Porchfest

In the ever-changing culture of community and how people live and interact, enters a recent phenomenon, Porchfest.

This simple idea started in Ithaca, New York in 2007. Local musicians were invited to perform on several volunteered residential porches, which were used as stages. Anyone could come and listen. Neighborhood people could walk around until they heard sounds they liked, bring a lawn chair and sit in their neighbor’s yard and listen to the musicians. Several porches were active in various areas of the city, creating not only a palette of diverse music, but a traffic pattern of families and children walking, riding their bikes or scooters, or driving golf carts to enjoy the different sounds.

The idea has grown over the last decade and now includes numerous cities that plan and schedule annual porchfests. Some include art festivals along with the music. Many include lemonade stands tendered by local neighborhood kids, food trucks and other food vendors.

 

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Twin Falls ID 83301
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