Just Sold in Tuscany

While we’re all adjusting to our current circumstances homes are still selling.  3867 S Leanato

3867 S Leanato in Meridian, ID, for example recently closed after only 3 days on the market!  This nice 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,974 sq. ft. home sold for $460,000!  And, typical to the Tuscany subdivision, this home sits on a 11,935 sq. ft. lot. Thanks Jeanette Kurtz for a nice listing.

With “shelter in place” being enforced buyers are more inclined to stay home. Therefore, getting your home’s virtues in front of prospective buyers is more of a challenge. We see yard sign flyers staying in the box longer and most agents only rely on their listing information in the MLS. And, almost none produce true VIDEO tours for their listings.

I have created over 30 agent guided VIDEO Tours in recent years.  I have included Aerial Video in these VIDEOS for the last half of them. I launch the VIDEO on YouTube so the owner’s home is showcased all over the world, literally. And, since Google owns YouTube and, since they love VIDEO marketing my listings typically appear near the top of dozens of sites. These VIDEOs put star power on the home and draws prospective buyers to them. I’ve learned, over the years that VIDEO presentations are just like walking through the home. You can’t ‘Photoshop’ VIDEOs like you can still photos and virtual tours.

Since prospective buyers are home a lot more they tend to shop on line more now. This is a ‘perfect storm’ to capture them and drive them to YOUR home.

If you are thinking of selling your home text, email or call me. In a short visit I’ll be happy to walk through your home and give you pointers to help you get your home show ready. In the mean time I invite you to watch my VIDEOS in my YouTube Channel: “YourHome411”.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Are these warmer days giving you Spring fever? How about the itch for Spring cleaning? Now is the perfect time to focus on your home’s interior before it warms up more and you’ll be moving to the exterior of your home. According to the American Cleaning Institute’s (ACI) annual National Cleaning Survey, 78 percent of Americans will roll up their sleeves to spring clean their homes. If you’re one to dig in and tackle the messy closets, windows, and the other often overlooked chores, then here is a list to help you get started. 

The American Cleaning Institute’s latest National Cleaning Survey reveals Americans’ top spring cleaning priorities. While spring cleaners’ top priorities are bedrooms (25%), closets (23%), kitchens (22%) and family rooms (18%), those who never spring clean say it’s because their homes don’t look dirty, they would rather be doing other things, they don’t have enough time or they don’t know how to spring clean.

The annual survey, conducted by Wakefield Research for ACI, also revealed that the top concerns of homeowners when it comes to cleaning are mold (31%), dirt (22%), odors (22%), stains (15%) and dust (12%). And what are the overall dirtiest spots in our homes? Homeowners picked windows (65%), floors (64%), toilets (48%) and shelves (41%) (respondents ranked three items).

We’ve broken Spring cleaning out into a few easy steps. Some choose to work on one room at a time, while others tackle one task at a time. This is also a great time to consider hiring a cleaning company to come in and tackle the windows, blinds, and any other deep cleaning you may not have time for nor personally want to tackle. Here is my personal style of spring cleaning, tackling one room at a time. 

Spring Cleaning Steps:

  1. Tidy – Begin by picking up stray items, toys, shoes, etc. and returning them to where they belong. If you’re going through closets and bedrooms this is a good time to grab three boxes, totes, or even large garbage bags and label them “trash,” “donate,” and “sell”. 
  2. Organize – Clean out closets, drawers and freshly organize your belongings. If you have children this a great time to go through clothes that they may have outgrown. In some rooms of our home, we’ll choose to rearrange furniture at this time.
  3. Dust – Begin at the top and move your way down the room. Dust all surfaces including lights, ceiling fans, baseboards, shelving, and decor. Shake out rugs, vacuum furniture, and wash pillows. If you use stand-alone fans this is the time to use an air compressor or vacuum to deep clean them. Be sure to dust or use a vacuum on your bathroom vents and air returns. 
  4. Wash – Clean windows, blinds, baseboards, scuffs on the walls, and any other hard surfaces. This is a great time to polish wood furniture as well. Be sure to take a look at your light fixtures as most styles will collect dust or become ‘foggy’ due to gas heat, etc. Remove the glass and wash it in the sink or with a glass cleaner. 
  5. Launder – Wash bedding, curtains, pillows and any other soft surfaces that can easily be thrown into the wash. I recommend using Lysol Laundry Sanitizer for disinfecting any laundered items. 
  6. Floors – Save your floors for last. This is a great time to give your vacuum a quick Spring cleaning and ensure it is clean and running at its best prior to the beginning. Move chairs or any light furniture to ensure a clean sweep and don’t forget along the baseboards and behind doors, which are often forgotten during weekly cleaning. 
  7. Appliances – This is also a great time to clean out the fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer machine, dryer and any other appliances you may have. Run them on their ‘clean’ cycles, and be sure to check your local store for great products to help freshen your machines. Maintenance will help with the longevity of your appliances. 

I personally tackle Spring cleaning one room at a time in our home and work on it over a few weeks’ time. Whatever your style, Spring cleaning is a great way to freshen the home and rid it of any potential sources of mold, mildew, odors, dirt, stains, and dust. Cheers to happy cleaning and a fresh start to the Spring.

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4 Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Your House Sparkling

There’s no better feeling than a clean, clutter-free house.

Planning a little spring cleaning this season? Here are some tips to help:

  • Declutter and donate first. There’s no point in cleaning items you no longer want or use!
  • Start from the top. Begin by dusting the air vents, ceiling fans, and high-up cabinets. Do the floors last.
  • Go room by room. Use a checklist to ensure each space gets a deep clean.
  • Clean your appliances. Vacuum your refrigerator coils, run a load of bleach through your washer, and degrease that oven.

Don’t forget the outside of your home, too. Clean up the garage, your shed, the yard, and other outdoor spaces.

Any questions, contact me at 208.284.5081 or Heath@NextHomeTreasureValley.com

Thank you,

Heath Van Patten

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Snow Removal Tips for Homeowners

If you’ve been watching the weather forecast you’re either excited for the snowfall or feeling a little antsy if this is your first Winter in the Treasure Valley. Sometimes one of the most daunting tasks of homeowners is proper snow removal during these storm fronts. It may be tempting to wait and let it melt but with a forecast of snow for eight of the next nine days, you’ll want to put the effort in.

Here are proper snow removal tips to help you through this cold blast we’re feeling.

Snow Removal Tips: 

1. Invest in a Good Shovel 

Shoveling snow is already frustrating but if you have a quality shovel to work with, you’ll make the job a little easier. This is one area you’ll want to spend a little more and buy a heavy plastic or aluminum blade shovel.

Also, be mindful that large shovels aren’t always the best as they mean a heavier load for your back and arms. If you’re looking for a shovel for heavy snowfalls, you will need to buy an s-blade shovel. C-blade shovels are better for lighter snowfalls.

2. Avoid Placing Snow Near The Foundation 

This is easily overlooked as you’re simply trying to move the snow but be mindful where you’re placing the snow. You’ll want to avoid placing the snow next to your home. This may lead to issues with frozen pipes and even potentially cause cracks or leaks into your home’s foundation as the snow begins to melt.

Don’t forget to remove snow from the driveway, walkways, entryways, and porches. It’s best to remove the snow to prevent leaks into doorways as the snow begins melting.

3. Shovel Often 

It’s tempting to wait until the snow is done falling but in reality, it will be easier to stay on top of it. If you wait to remove snow until the next day often it will begin to stick to the ground and sometimes freeze, making your job harder. So during heavy snowfalls, it’s wise to remove snow several times throughout the day.

4.Invest in a Snowblower

If all this snow simply sounds like too much work then you may want to invest in a snowblower. It’s a more expensive option but if you need fast and efficient snow removal then a snowblower will be your best friend, and possibly your neighbors. 😉

5. Don’t Forget the Roof 

For those that lived in Idaho a few years back during the Snowmegadon, this is an all too familiar past time. You may be able to use a roof rake for sloped roofs, which is a long-handled tool that is specifically designed for this season. But don’t forget the flat roofs in extreme snowfall. The weight of the snow could pose as too much stress on a flat rooftop. If it’s easily accessible you may be able to simply shovel the snow off the roof, but you’ll need to be careful not to damage the roof surface. Keep in mind your own personal safety is important so use caution and safety measures if you choose to shovel rooftops.

6. To Ice Melt or Not? 

When it comes to slippery driveways and steps you have several options for clearing the ice such as salt (sodium chloride), calcium chloride, calcium magnesium acetate, and urea. Be sure to do your research and know the potential consequences of using each form of ice melt as they may cause damage to plants, concrete, and other services, or could be harmful to your pets. So please do your research and better yet try to stay on top of snow removal to keep the ice build-up down.

With the cold front looming upon us this week it’s best to be prepared to properly maintain your home. Ultimately protecting and preserving your investment.

Stay safe and warm!

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