Make Your Home Smell Worthy When Listing

Our senses help us navigate through experiences and our sense of smell is no different. The sense of smell can stop a home buyer at the front door making it hard to see past odors. When preparing your home for sale the focus tends to be on sight and how the home appears visually. However, don’t forget about the smell of your home. You can easily go with an overpowering scent or have a hidden odor that needs to be removed prior to listing. 

The first thing is to eliminate any odors through cleaning, doing the dishes, checking garbage disposals, emptying wastebaskets, laundry, dirty shoes, pets, smoke, and mold. Sometimes when we are living in our home we may become accustomed to certain scents, in this case, invite a friend over to give your home a quick “smell test”. 

Once you can be sure that you have removed any potential causes for odors you can choose a light air freshener to use. You’ll want to be sure to not use too much or too heavy of a scent as some may fear you’re hiding a smell or the scent could distract the buyer’s ability to make a decision. Home Fragrance Expert Rayda Vega says, “Fragrance is an accessory. It adds depth and character, and it allows you to give each space in your home a different feel.” 

Try these scents to add depth and character to your home.

Vanilla. Studies have shown that vanilla fragrances reduce stress and anxiety potentially making homebuyers calmer. 

Citrus. Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges smell fresh and typically last longer. 

Green Tea. Take a deep breath and relax with the scent of Green Tea, which is used to help restore harmony. 

Herbs. Using thyme, rosemary or basil in your home, primarily in the kitchen, creates a refreshing, familiar smell.

Pine and Cedar. These two trees can often be used to create a complex aroma and are perfect for the holidays and winter season. 

There are many ways you can use scent in the home, such as candles, diffusers, simmer pots, deodorizing disks, potpourri and oil plug-ins. Take into consideration your location and season when choosing scents that will best compliment your home.  

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Budget Tips for Home Repairs

You’re officially a homeowner and now have a personal interest in maintaining your investment. You’ll want to plan for routine maintenance with annual checkups, as well as unexpected expenses such as a broken appliance or leaky pipes. Make a list of routine maintenance tasks for yourself to inspect or a professional when needed, and establish a separate home repair savings account.

Try these tips for starting a home repair budget:

  • Build a reserve. A recent HGTV article recommended setting aside 1 percent to 3 percent of your home purchase price each year into a specific Home Repair savings account. For example, if your home costs $300,000, set aside at least $3,000 each year through one large deposit or by spreading it our monthly.
  • Plan for the future. The average lifespan of an AC unit is 12-15 years so if you know your AC unit is beginning to age, increase your reserve early to help pay for a new unit when it becomes time. Know the average life span of your furnace, ac unit, roof, windows, and appliances.
  • Prioritize projects. Determine what may be necessary repairs and what is a personal cosmetic update. If you’re looking to renovate a bathroom or kitchen be sure to create a separate account or increase your contribution to your Home Repair Budget.
  • Be your own handyman. If you’re comfortable with a toolbelt and drill consider making minor repairs or renovations yourself.

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“Top 5 Wineries in Boise Idaho”

“Top 5 Wineries in Boise Idaho”


  1. Cinder – In 2008 we were searching for a wine-making  home of our own. When we came across an old fruit & vegetable packing warehouse in the industrial area of Garden City, just a few minutes from Boise. It was time to put down some roots!
  2. Split Rail Winery  – Split Rail winery is propagated by the minds of a new generation of drinker. We create wine that is spawned from whimsy and reticent of the soil that we stand upon. Let us bring the farm to your glass; bring Idaho soil to your lips.  In its most basic sense, Split Rail WInery emerged from a fervent belief in supporting local agriculture and creatin gIdaho-centri products, exploring new wines and wine styles, and an unfettered love for drinking, eating and debauchery. We invite you to consume either with or without us.
  3. Syringa Winery – Syringa Winery is one of Idaho’s most revered wineries, started by  winemaker Mike Crowley. Syringa Winery, established in 2007, continues its limited production of award winning wines, widely regarded as consistently high quality at prices below many of their peers. The winery, in the heart of Boise is one of the most picturesque areas in the state. It reflects Syringa Winery’s commitment to sustainable wine-making, environmental values and a love of the beautiful place they live. Since the beginning their focus remains squarely on their customers – treating them as friends who are always welcome at the winery.
  4. Telaya Wine Co. started in 2008, when we produced 50 cases of carefully conceived wine. We’ve grown quite a bit since then. Our facility–which includes a full production space and tasting room–is located right on the Boise Greenbelt, just minutes from downtown and few feet from the Boise River. Guests can enjoy tastes, glasses and bottles of our Washington and Idaho wine while overlooking the scenic river.
  5. Coiled Wines brand officially began with the release of our 2008 Syrah.  We started at 380 cases and now make 2,000 cases, with a range of wines made from Idaho grapes.  These wines include our Dry Riesling, Sidewinder (Syrah blend), Black Mamba (Petit Verdot blend), Rizza (Sparkling Brut Riesling), Chablis-style Chardonnay, and Petite Sirah (grapes grown in Calistoga, CA).  All Coiled wines are made from vine to wine under our roof.

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“Top 5 Hot Springs in Idaho”

Idaho is known for the four seasons and amazing outdoor entertainment. One popular activity is to travel, explore and ultimately relax in the hot springs.  These hot springs are very popular so you must plan accordingly. However, with the correct planning, you will be able to unwind and enjoy the scenery. Drive safe and enjoy!!

  1. Boat Box Hot Springs – – The hot water for this tub comes from a large plastic pipe stuck into the riverbank and draped over the tub’s wooded rim. For more hot water, the pipe is pulled over to spill into the tub. For cooler water, a plastic bucket is nearby for adding river water. The water straight from the spring is quite hot, so caution is advised. There is a valve to let water out, which trickles constantly, so the water is generally fresh and clean
  2. Silvercreek Plunge Hot Springs – – Silver Creek Plunge is located inside the Boise National Forest, Peace Valley, Idaho. Only 2 hours from Boise by highway and gravel mountain roads, we are nestled on the floor of Peace Valley, surrounded by mountain, trees, wildlife and Silver Creek, which runs through the middle of the campground. We feature camping, cabins, swimming, fishing, hiking, playground, volleyball, basketball and horseshoes for your outdoor recreation. Fishing in Silver Creek is good all summer. Beginning Memorial Day and through Labor Day, Idaho Fish and Game stocks the creek with 8 to 14 inch Rainbow Trout every other week.
  3. Burgdorf Hot Springs – – Burgdorf Hot Springs on the national register of historic places in Idaho. The natural hot springs infused with lithium surrounded by breath taking views and wildlife makes for a relaxing experience. The charming cabins will make you feel at home!!!
  4. Kirkham Hot Springs – This legendary hot spot is one of many along the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway. It features geothermal pools and waterfalls of varying temperatures and is nuzzled up to the beautiful South Fork of the Payette River.  Soaking in Kirkham is like soaking in a dream. Numerous geothermal springs of varying temperature await at the bottom of a small wooden staircase. Hot water pours over the cliff into pools below and literally feels like a natural shower. If that’s not enough, enjoy the rush and beauty of the Payette River beside you. Have a great soak!
  5. Rocky Canyon Hot Springs – –  Three geothermal pools of varying temperature. Overnight camping in the surrounding area. Gorgeous river views and outdoor activities.  Idaho is known for its pristine rivers and countless geothermal pools. The Rocky Canyon Hot Springs epitomizes both of these and will leave you begging to stay. From Boise, hop in the car and head north, I’ll see you in Crouch.

In case you need more information about the Treasure Valley, contact me and I would be happy to share more details.
Heath Van Patten

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6 Tips for Speeding Up Personal Growth

It’s well into the new year again, and most people have penned down a few resolutions to help improve their personal growth. Constant efforts to enhance personal growth is not so much of a shocker as it happens to be a life-long task. No wonder tips for improving personal growth is one of the most searched topics on the web.

While personal growth and development seem like a huge task to have to bear as you age, a few tips in the right direction can help you expedite the process and shoot you to a level where you must make only minimal changes and adjustments.

Experts recommend practicing these few tips to expedite your personal growth and development. Do well to check them out. Good luck with your goals!

  1. Pursue Your Passion. You will only get distracted if you keep listening to the crowd. Learn to stand out. Pursue the things you have a passion for and don’t let anyone talk you down. Totally ignore naysayers!
  2. Dream with a Dose of Realism. It is fantastic to dream and make big plans but remember to be realistic in your baby steps. Making unrealistic expectations of yourself early on will derail your growth because you won’t give yourself time to develop stability at each stage of growth. To save time, energy, resources, and to save you the feeling of being incompetent, it is advisable to make achievable plans.
  3. Learn to Accept Who You Are. Nowadays, everyone wants to be someone else. You fight so hard to be like someone, and that person is putting in a tough fight to be like someone else entirely and on and on goes the vicious circle. The first step to expedite your personal growth and development is self-acceptance. Everyone makes mistakes. That is what makes you human. Learn from your mistakes and create a better version of yourself instead of fighting so hard to be someone else. Life is not a ‘Freaky Friday’ show. Learn to love yourself!
  4. Be Creative. Creativity is the key to expediting your personal growth and development. Allow your mind to wander. Learn a skill or two and work towards perfecting them every day. Get involved in anything creative. Spend time with creative people. Just be creative!
  5. Baby Steps. Personal growth can get overwhelming sometimes. You feel like you are not producing the results your efforts deserve at some point. It happens to everyone. Be kind to yourself and take each day as it comes. Yes, you must give it your best shot, but learn to appreciate the little growth you see daily. You won’t get there overnight. That doesn’t mean you won’t get there eventually. Take baby steps!

If one of the steps you want to take this year is property ownership, reach out to your real estate professional to learn what steps to take to attain your dream.

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