Around the House

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House exterior
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With the real estate market being a seller's market in Boise, maybe you've decided to take advantage of the higher price points and sell your house. Before you do, here are 14 things you should do before listing your home. Be sure to talk to your REALTOR® about other suggestions that improve the interior and exterior appeal of your home, and perhaps, add value.

Clean Up the Yard

Make sure to mow your lawn, trim hedges, and pull weeds. For bonus points, plant some colorful flowers.

Clean Your Home's Exterior

Pressure washing the exterior of a home
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You can either do this yourself or hire a pro. If you don't have access to a pressure washer, there are garden hose connected options available at your local home

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Ask a Realtor Heading

You may have seen a "HERS Certified" graphic in windows of new homes that are under construction and wondered what it means. HERS is the Home Energy Rating System Index, the industry-standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. HERS is also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. 

Hers LogoThe HERS rating is an index with each point below 100, represents a 1% improvement in overall energy performance. So a lower score is better. A home can be Energy Star-certified with a HERS index of 85.

A HERS report can tell you a lot about the home, including how efficiently it's operating and where changes can be made for more significant energy savings. 

If you're going to sell your home, a low

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Home interior facing the kitchen
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In a previous post, we discussed how to enhance the curb appeal of your home for potential buyers. Today, we're going to chat about ways to improve the interior of your home by staging furniture and cleaning thoroughly.

Maximize the Light

Buyers are drawn to good lighting in a home. Make sure your windows are clean and free of smudges, water stains, etc. Up the bulb wattages in light fixtures to make rooms appear brighter. Be sure to open shades and blinds.

Store Stuff

Walk-in closet interior
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Since buyers tend to snoop, make sure your home is tidy and free of clutter. Storage is something every potential buyer and homeowner wants. To give the illusion that your home has

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Gorgeous exterior of a home.
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Here in Idaho, the home-selling season is quickly approaching, and if you're thinking about selling your home, there are some things you can do to improve its exterior appeal to potential buyers. Below are some suggestions to help your home go from drab to fab to maximize buyer interest in your property.

Green With Envy

Exterior of a house with a gorgeous yard.
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As we mentioned in an earlier post, having a country club caliber lawn is the goal of a lot of homeowners. If you're looking to sell your home, you'll want to make sure your yard is in fantastic shape. Clean up leaves, pull weeds in the lawn and planter boxes, keep the lawn mowed, and well-watered. Brown spots in the yard can be a turn off to some

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Neatly manicured lawn
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The spring thaw brings excitement and joy to many people. The cold winter months are leaving, and now we can look forward to using our yards for recreation. I don't know about you, but as a homeowner, one of the simple pleasures I have is mowing my lawn. And like many homeowners, I strive to have the best yard in my neighborhood. Having lush, green grass along with healthy trees, plants, and flowers is my goal every year. 

 Fertilizing a lawn
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Fertilizing Your Lawn

Lawns need to be fed to thrive. In colder, dry climates, as we have here in Idaho, it's good to fertilize lawns three to five times each season. In the early spring, a good fertilizer with crabgrass/weed prevention is a good start. Then

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