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North Boise Home | 1900 N 28th Street

by Randy Gridley

Stunning completely new two story contemporary style North Boise home  located at 1900 N. 28th Street, Boise Idaho  Of course with Tradewinds Construction building this home it will have hardwood floors, tile, slab granite countertops in kitchen, upgraded cabinets, covered patio, master bedroom on the main level with lovely master bath with walk-n-closet.  You can also view renderings of main and upper floor plans in which rooms have inside dimensions.  Click on this link to view the front elevation.

Existing home will be torn down and removed from property to make room for all new construction.

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Tips For House Sellers - How To Maximize Your Home's Curb Appeal

by Randy Gridley


Tips for updating your homes curb appeal

First impressions are always critically important.  This is especially true when you are trying to sell your house.  Many people spend lots of time preparing the insides of their homes but forget about the outsides. This is a big mistake.  

I'm sure you are familiar with the term curb appeal.  It refers to the visual impression that your house has on someone who is viewing your home from the curb or street.  Creating good curb appeal for your house is very important.  The goal is to create a look that is inviting and inspires potential buyers into wanting to view your home.  Spending time on maximizing your home's curb appeal is a very wise investment of your time that could very well help to sell your house more quickly.

Here are some handy tips for home sellers to help them maximize their house's curb appeal to increase the chances of a quick and profitable sale.

Have Professional Quality Photographs Taken Of Your House


These days, many buyers use the internet to do their preliminary searches to find houses they are potentially interested in viewing.  Invest in having some professional quality photos taken of your home.  Blurry, unprofessional photos can be as much of a turn off as a lawn that hasn't been mowed.

Clean and Repair The Home's Exterior


Remember how important first impressions are.   You want to have a clean and well-maintained appearance that will provide prospective buyer's with a positive impression of your house and draw them in.


Get rid of all trash and clutter.  If you have children, make sure their toys are off the lawn, driveway and front porch and put away.  Try not to have garbage cans and other unsightly items in visible areas

Thoroughly clean the exterior of the home.  Make sure the sidewalks and walkways are swept.  Wash your windows and also the the front door.  If the exterior of the house looks dingy, consider power washing it.  Make sure the window sills are not cluttered with knick knacks and that the drapes or curtains look good from the outside of the house as well.

Consider painting  


Is there any peeling paint on the siding or shutters?  A fresh coat of paint can really bring a house to life. If you can afford it, this is actually one of best ways to maximize the curb appeal of your house.


Make any necessary repairs, such as mending broken panels, shutters, replacing missing siding or anything else that could use some maintenance.  Everything should be in good repair to make a good first impression

Landscaping Tips


Investing in some nice landscaping is another great way to increase the curb appeal of your house.  Also, make sure your current landscaping is well maintained.


Trim tree limbs.  The last thing you want, is to have low hanging tree limbs obstructing the view of the house or making it look like the trees are about to fall down.  Make sure all trees are properly pruned.

Trim all shrubbery.  Make sure there are no bushes obstructing the view of the house or blocking the windows.  Overgrown shrubs can make a house seem messy from the outside and dark and dreary from the inside. 

Weed and get rid of any dead vegetation from the front yard.


You can also add new plants to the landscaping, such as shrubs and flowers.  Adding colorful flowers along the front walk and in pots on the front porch can add a very inviting and appealing look to your house.  Also add mulch to flower beds and under trees and shrubs. Make sure the lawn is mowed and the edges are trimmed.

Other Tips For Increasing Your Home's CurbAppeal


Make sure your exterior lighting is clean and inviting.  Many prospective home buyers drive by houses at night after work, so you want the curb appeal to look good at dusk as well.  Be sure that all the light bulbs work and that the lights are all thoroughly washed.  Also, if it isn't Christmas, take down those holiday lights.

Make sure your front porch area is warm and inviting.  Think about adding a new rug and welcome mat. Pots of colorful flowers are also a nice touch, along with new cushions for any porch furniture.

Maximizing the curb appeal of your house is the first thing you should do when preparing your house for sale.  it is the first impression that prospective buyers will have of your home after all.  Most of the above tips are relatively inexpensive and don't take a lot of skill other than a bit of elbow grease.  The main thing is to de-clutter, clean and repair.  Then add your finishing touches such as colorful flowers and nice porch furniture to create that warm and inviting look that draws prospective home buyers in and makes them want to schedule an appointment to view your house.

Time is money.  Getting your house sold quickly at or close to your asking price is very important.  You don't want to be stuck with a house that won't sell for months and months on end.  Make the investment of your time and some of your money to improve your home's curb appeal by following the above tips that we have provided to you.  If you do that, your house should sell in no time at all and at a very good price.

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Is Energy Efficiency Relevant?

by Randy Gridley

People often do not consider the efficiency level of their home. Though they may complain about their monthly energy bill, many do not realize that there are simple steps to reduce it while benefiting themselves and others.

As you increase the efficiency level of your home, you make fewer demands on your power company. Virtually all power companies rely on fossil fuels to maintain the electricity demands of their patrons. Though many have begun to add green energy resources, there is still a long way to go. When the demand goes down, it allows the company to invest in renewable energy sources and reduce the dependence on the finite fossil fuels now in use.

Because the levels of fossil fuels declines every day, these non-renewable sources will eventually run out. It is critical that people across the globe begin to reduce their dependence on them. The increase of wind, solar, and wave energy use is vital to maintaining a high quality of living while minimizing harm to the planet.

Additionally, the by products of non-renewable energy enter the air and water, increasing the level of pollution. Green energy sources do not have the same negative impact. In order for future generations to have a safe and comfortable environment, the use of energy needs to eventually switch to only renewable sources.

You can increase your level of efficiency by purchasing appliances with the Energy Star logo. Quit using incandescent light bulbs, which increase your energy consumption. You can also make certain that you home is properly insulated. Taking these steps is a great place to begin your journey to being energy efficient.

If everyone in the modern world begins to meet the challenge of being energy efficient, it will have a tremendous positive impact on the world today and in the future.

The Advantages of Choosing Energy Efficient Windows

by Randy Gridley

Saving money is something that everyone wants to do, but it can be tough to find new ways to reduce your spending. One area where you might want to look more closely is at your heating and cooling bill. Do you find yourself spending more than you would like to run your furnace or your air conditioner?

If so, you might benefit from installing energy efficient windows in your home. A new set of windows can significantly reduce the amount that you have to spend on utilities. In some cases, the energy savings will more than pay for the cost of the windows themselves!

A good first step is to have someone conduct an energy audit on your home. This is basically a test that is designed to figure out exactly where the energy in your home goes. As part of this test, any weak points in your home will be identified.

For example, if you have older windows, you may notice that they tend to be drafty. Windows that are not properly sealed let air move in and out of the home. You might think that this is a good thing, but not when you are trying to keep your home significantly warmer or cooler than the outside temperature!

A good set of energy efficient windows will not only eliminate drafts from your home, but improve your home's insulation. They can also mean that you will have to spend less on electricity. Windows that let in plenty of natural light mean that you have to turn your lights on less frequently. This saves you money and helps to improve your mood.

Installing a new set of high-quality, energy efficient windows in your home is a great way to save money and make your home more comfortable all year long.

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Deciding Between A Preexisting Home And New Construction

by Randy Gridley

If you have decided that it is finally time to become a homeowner, an exciting prospect awaits you. There is nothing quite like the feeling of walking into your own home for the first time and realizing that you own the place. However, there are many decisions that you will have to make during this process.

One of the first choices that you will have to make is whether you want to look at preexisting homes, or have a new home built to your specifications. Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages, so you need to consider these carefully before making your final decision.

Many people assume that building their own home from scratch will be more expensive than buying a preexisting home. While this may be true in some cases, you should not assume it to be true until you have actually run the numbers. In your area, you may actually be able to build a new home for the same price as buying one. It might even be less expensive!

However, with new construction, the process of moving into your new home is inevitably going to take longer. The design and construction phases can take many months, so you have to be willing to be patient. If you can't stand to wait that long, a preexisting home may be a better choice for you. This way, you can get moved in right away.

With a new home, though, you can design it to your individual specifications. You can also feel confident that the home is going to be well constructed and that there will be no hidden surprises.

In the end, which option you prefer will come down to your individual preferences. Consider your options carefully so that you can make the right decision for you and your family.

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Choosing The Most Energy Efficient Blinds For Your Home

by Randy Gridley

One of the biggest uses of energy in the average home is heating and cooling the interior of the house. In the depths of winter or the heat of summer, the furnace or air conditioner has to run frequently to keep things comfortable inside the home. However, there are ways to keep your home pleasant that do not require running your heating and cooling system all the time.

Something as simple as purchasing a new set of energy efficient blinds or window treatments can dramatically reduce your energy usage. During the winter, these blinds can help keep your home warm by letting in natural sunlight. This sunlight can warm a room by several degrees, reducing the burden on your furnace.

Similarly, during the summer, blinds can be closed to keep the heat out of your home. Closing the blinds during the day can help to lower the temperature inside your home by several degrees. This means that your air conditioner will not have to run as frequently, thereby lowering your energy usage.

Look for reflective blinds that can be used to bounce sunlight back out of your home. By closing and lowering the blinds on your window, these blinds can reflect nearly 50 percent of the sunlight back out the window. This dramatically reduces the heating effect of the sun. During the summer, this can really help to keep things cool.

Similarly, in winter you can use these reflective blinds to bounce sunlight into your home. By angling the slats properly, you can make sure that the natural light comes into your home to help warm things up.

Finding ways to be more energy efficient is important if you want to save money and stay comfortable inside your house. A good set of energy efficient blinds is the way to go.

Choosing The Best Exterior Paint For Your Home

by Randy Gridley

Painting the outside of your house should be a big to-do, even if you've done it plenty of times before. Not only are you (hopefully) improving the look of it, but you're also increasing its value, so be sure to choose the best exterior paint based on a number of factors.

Pick A Performer

Exterior house paint should last for quite a few years, and it should not disappoint the homeowner. Resistance to things like mold and mildew is essential, as is staying power when it comes to the sun diminishing the color. While nothing can magically remove and replace a finished paint job, you can make sure you get your money back if it under performs because the best names in exterior paint offer warranties on every can. 

Buy Something Easy To Work With

Ease of use is very important to most people, especially if a large home is involved. Oil-based exterior paints are durable, resistant to environmental influences and the choice of most professional contractors, however; latex has evolved considerably in recent years. In the event that you are painting over an oil, continue with that type of formula, as latex will likely peel right off if applied to an oil-based surface. Latex is often more economical and easier to keep mixed, but weight your individual options to make the best choice.

Selecting Color

Some homeowners make the mistake of picking the color of their liking. While there's nothing wrong with freedom of choice, you're really better off coordinating your color(s) with the surrounding schemes of your home. The roof, chimney and landscaping should be taken into consideration with any new color, as should the rest of the houses in the neighborhood. It isn't necessary to copy the home next to you, but the rule of thumb is to generally blend in.

Talk to other homeowners online or in person to see what brands are outlasting and outperforming. Look for helpful reviews that you can trust and base these important decisions on. When you're finished, the exterior paint should be pleasing to look at, and leave you with one less thing to worry about for many years.

Can Your Boise House Accommodate Your Growing Family?

by Randy Gridley

Will your Boise Idaho Home be able to accommodate your growing family?

When many young couples buy their first home, they opt for smaller and more affordable houses. Often, these homes have only two bedrooms and a single bathroom. While this is plenty of space for two adults, things change once they start to have children.

For such small people, babies can take up a surprising amount of space. Once you have more than one child at home, your house that used to seem spacious can quickly seem cramped. The decision that you are faced with is whether you should try to sell your home and move to a larger one, or try to make do with the room you have.

If you have not yet bought a home, it is important to plan for the future when you are looking at houses. Do not just assume that your first home will be a starter home that you will sell in a few years. Many couples find themselves living in their first home for far longer than they ever expected.

Because of this, it is important to make sure that the homes you are looking at have enough room to accommodate a growing family. Two bedrooms may seem like more than enough at first, but if you end up having two kids, will they really want to share a bedroom until they leave for college? A single bathroom can quickly become overcrowded with three or four people in the house.

Is there an attic or basement that can be finished and turned into usable space? Often, these areas can be converted into spare bedrooms with a bit of work. It may cost some money, but the job will be a lot cheaper than buying a new house. If you plan ahead, you can make sure that your home is adequate to support your growing family.

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Meridian ID 83642
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