If you’ve been outside anytime during the last week, you no doubt noticed the smoke. It’s fire season again in the Pacific Northwest. Before we talk about the multitude ways to help keep your investment safe from fire, I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of those firefighters away from their families. Thank You! On to business.
When you decided to purchase a house and make the emotional commitment of being a home owner, I truly doubt you ever thought that a fire could happen to you. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, in 2015 there were 501,500 structure fires in the U.S. resulting in just over 10 billion dollars in damages and 2,685 deaths. No one wants to be a part of this statistic.
Smoke alarms probably seem like a no-brainer, but there maybe you forgot to test them or check the batteries. It is recommended that you test them monthly and replace the batteries every six months when you change the clocks for daylight savings time. Another thing to remember when putting in new alarms, smoke rises. Smoke is less dense than air so it rises, which is why smoke alarms are on the ceiling or no further than 6 inches from the ceiling on the wall.
typically associated with businesses, schools and hospitals but fire extinguishers are recommended for the home as well. The best places to keep your home extinguishers are anyplace that you would expect something to combust. Obviously the kitchen, but also in places like the garage or down in the basement by the furnace. You, the homeowner are also encouraged to have a fire extinguisher for every floor. You don’t want to be in a situation where you have to run upstairs to get the fire extinguisher.
Know your types of extinguishers!
There isn’t one fire extinguisher that works on all types of fires. And speaking of types of fires, there are 6. SIX! with 5 different types of extinguishers, the location of the fire will most likely dictate the type of fire. I am not going to go in depth with all of the types and appropriate applications. But for the sake of the homeowner, you’ll need to determine which one is right for the different areas of your home. It is worth noting that the dry powder type of extinguisher (also known as the ABC type) is not recommended for small spaces such as homes and offices. If inhaled, it can be very damaging.
Know how to use the extinguisher
Having an extinguisher is just half the battle. If you want to be effective in stopping fires before they do real damage, you need to know how to use them. remember the acronym PASS. P-pull pin A-aim at the base S- squeeze the trigger S- sweep back and forth. Here is a short video illustrating the proper technique.
Emergency Escape Route
I remember when I was young, I always thought it was silly to do a fire drill at home. It wasn’t until I grew up and had babies of my own and realized that you absolutely need to practice. If you live in a home with multiple stories, get a window ladder. You wont always be able to use the stairs. Some advice I would like to pass on. If there is a fire in your home. Do not get dressed. Don’t try to find valuables. Don’t search for pets. Just get your children and leave the house. Most likely the animals will find a way out on their own. They have instincts that guide them away from fire. Your valuables are worthless if you do not have someone to share them with. Keep your family safe.
Keep combustibles away from outlets and other electronics.
It makes sense when you think about it retrospectively. But how often do we push furniture up against outlets or not think about the power strip we have had around since the 90’s. Sure it might work just fine. But newer electronics like power strips are being made safer and besides, after years of use (or maybe abuse) it’s not exactly as safe as it used to be. Outlets, extension cords, open or lose wiring. Check them. As for your electronics, I’m sure you’ve noticed that after using tv’s or laptops they get warm (maybe hot) to the touch. With the right combinations of factors, you could have a fire on your hands. Keep electronics off when they’re not being used. While the electronics are in use, keep them away from combustibles.
Keep the dead and dry stuff away from the house
Not all fires start from inside the home, some start from your yard or property. As homeowners, you are advised to trim back or remove completely, any dead trees or shrubs, or any dried up debris. These types of organic materials serve as kindling in wildfires, and they pose a threat to your home as well!
If we forgot something or you know a good way to keep your home safe, please say so in the comments! We love hearing from you. Stay safe out there in the heat and smoke!
Let’s Make Awesome Happen
Were back after a shot hiatus with some wonderful germ that my granddaughter brought home. This week we have for you some helpful tips for your appliance purchasing adventures. Read these before you decide to update those awesome brown-ish kitchen appliances. Together were going to tackle the ups and downs of showroom shopping from; love at first sight, sticker shock, betrayal and all of the other juicy emotions that come along with. So lets kick it off with what I consider to be the most important tip:
Don’t make impulse purchases!
It might sound pretty obvious, but when you spot that set from across the showroom floor and the sparks start flying and you cant see anyone else- it’s hard to listen to logic. The super adorable compact washer and dryer set might make your heart beat out of your chest, but then you get home to your family of 5 miniature clothing destroying angles and you realize that your washer and dryer set wont make it in this relationship.
The healthier way to approach this front loading love of your life is to actually, shop around. I know, it sounds like it was meant to be. But consider your other options. Maybe there is a discounted set that fits better and has the features you need. Are there other stores to shop around at? Is online purchasing an option?
Measure! Measure! Measure! (then buy)
pretty obvious when you are considering filling the void left by your old appliances. Have you considered other clearances? Door swing? Handles? Depth of the appliance itself? Like I said, it sounds obvious when you are reading this. But you’ll forget. We all forget. Another thing to consider. Will it fit through your door or up the stairs? If you live in an apartment complex, there’s a chance you might be in big trouble since navigating stairs, and hallways and corners and elevators and other tenants can be a huge pain.
Consider energy rating
This is an aspect of appliances that is pretty readily found and is typically a selling point since most people want to do good by the earth and also their wallets. A huge monthly utility bill can turn a rosy romance into a bitter feud. If your dream refrigerator takes hundreds of dollars to keep your perishables from perishing, is it really true love?
When you are shopping around the showroom, look for the bright yellow sticker that says ENERGY GUIDE in big bold, black letters! This hard to miss sticker is where you can find the approximate yearly operating cost and the approximate yearly energy use. This is required by federal law to be on all new appliances as the program Energy Star is a division of the Environmental Protection Agency. If your showroom doesn’t have these. RUN.
Touch Screen Fridge? Really?
Before you decide that the touch screen fridge door is what you need, evaluate your current situation. Would digital grocery lists make your life easier? Maybe. Personally, I need to have something tangible in my hands when it comes to lists. I forget about all the handy list and reminder functions on my phone constantly. If this doesn’t sound like you. Then by all means, get the super high-speed iFridge.
I think the take-away from this section is to really evaluate if these awesome and eye-grabbing features will in fact make your life easier. Or. Will it be fun for a few minutes and then slowly forgotten about like many other trends in our lives. Think long and hard about how these bells
Know your needs
this one sort of plays into the above section. But really, its important. If you eat out most days and your current fridge is empty, then do you really need a new one? The same goes for washers and dryers. If you’re a single person with 10 shirts to your name, do you need to get a new set of appliances for your very light loads of laundry? I know, that with my two tiny granddaughters, my daughter is constantly doing laundry. The current set is probably going to lose this race.
I’m sure there are some other tips that should be considered. That’s why we have You! Please feel free to add any in the comments section. We’d really love to hear about what you wish you would have considered when you made your purchases and any advice to other buyers. Happy Shopping
Independence Day is just around the corner and we’ve come up with some tips, tricks and design ideas to help you be the BBQ champion. Some of my favorite childhood memories were any given summer outside, circled around the grill with friends and family. Here’s to you and yours. Here’s to turning those summer days in to wonderful memories.
Clean your Grill!
The key to having almost anything ready to use, is cleaning it up after you use it. But if you are like me, sometimes the food coma sets in and cleaning up is out of the question. Here are some ways to keep your grill ready for a cookout at a moments notice.
- Leave your grill on for a few minutes with the hood closed. This is a super easy, coma-friendly way to burn off any excess foods and fats left on the grill.
- Give your grill a good scrub with something abrasive. Grill brushes, tin foil, abrasive sponge. Put a minute of elbow grease in to it to remove any charred junk.
- To ensure a non-sticking grill when you fire it up the next time, spray on some non-stick spray or a bit of vegetable oil. I’ve even heard that rubbing a 1/2 onion on the grate can do the trick.
- That’s it. These easy steps will have your grill laying in wait, ready to pounce at any moment to help you keep your throne of Grill King- or Queen!
If you hate following instructions like me, here is the video version from diy network: How to clean your grill in 15 minutes
Here are a few hacks to make serving, eating and cleaning up after your festivities easy as pie!
Here are some recipes that we either love or want to make this summer. And I may be a bit biased for bourbon. Not sorry. Photos and titles are linked.
Yes. All of those!
These look amazing. I cant wait to make these. Ribs are such a guilty pleasure of mine. They’re messy, they’re not exactly on the skinny menu, but Lord they are delicious.
You read that correctly. Made these last year for a family gathering. I wish I had made more, there wasn’t nearly enough to go around twice.
This is another recipe I am looking forward to using this Independence day. I hope it has as much kick as they say.
BBQ Grill Station Ideas
Maybe this summer your mind is set on remodeling or updating your back yard. Here are some BBQ stations that are functional and add to your back yard setting.
These concrete counter tops have plenty of room for prepping. I really like the clean and fucntional design, as well as the low cost of concrete.
This one is really great too, I think the portable design is perfect for a more laid back yard. And having a sink nearby is such a smart idea. You handle tons of raw meat when you grill, and being able to wash your hands is an obvious way to prevent food-born illnesses. It even has a built in chopping block…. ok, ok. It’s a cutting board. A girl can dream right?
If putting together a large permanent station isn’t something that your bank account will allow, this might be a good solution. You can set up a semi-permanent station by using cinderblocks and paver stones to accomplish a similar built-in feel. This way you won’t spend a fortune and you will still have all that work and prep space.
We hope you enjoy these tips and tricks. If you’re feeling motivated, we’d love to see how your projects are coming along. And feedback on the recipes is always encouraged. Enjoy!
From our family to yours, We hope you have a wonderful and proud Independence Day!
God Bless America!
Not sure what to do this summer? It seems like the most common thing to do is to book a trip to some tropical beach get away in an exotic country. The beach is nice, but I’m an Idaho girl. I love the mountains. I prefer the smell of earthen mountain air and lush greens forests overhead. But to each their own. I’ve compiled a small list of local getaways that can make you feel like you’re on an amazing vacation in your own back yard! Here is a short list of 8 destinations to help you stay and play in Idaho.
Bed & Breakfast
Coeur d’Alene has tons of little mom and pops B&B’s. The one pictured below, however is the Roosevelt Inn. The first permanent schoolhouse in CDA that was established in 1905 is now one of the most prominent in the area. We stayed here for our wedding about 5 years back. The staff were wonderful and the interior and decor didn’t disappoint.
The largest theme and water park in the northwest, Silverwood is home to 6 rollercoasters and 66 total rides including a steam train around the premises and numerous water rides. Next door is Boulder Beach, a large water park with tons of slides and rivers . Out side of the parks gates is a large RV park for the out of state visitors. The park features representational rides illustrate our regions roots in the frontier. It opened in 1988 and has supplied our area tons of jobs and about 80 million in revenue last year alone.
Glacier National Park
One of my favorite places to get knee deep in some fresh powder during the winter. Schweitzer Mountain is also a beautiful destination during the summer with tons of things to do. Hiking, mountain biking, music and beer festivals just to name a few. With many accomodation options like rentals or lodge stays, you are sure to be met with views that will take your breath away..
Coeur d’Alene Resort
Seven stories tower above the lake set in front of Tubb’s Hill. The Coeur d’Alene Resort has been standing high since 1973 and has since been the face of Coeur d’Alene. This resort has some shopping inside its walls, rooms with a view and is home to the worlds first and only floating green at the Coeur d’Alene Golf Course.
2011 blessed Lookout Pass with the highest snowfall in the world at 6.5 feet in a 7 day period. For obvious reasons, adored amongst locals for it’s smaller crowds and crazy amounts of powder during the winter, don’t rule it out for summer either. When the mercury starts rising, Lookout takes over The Route of the Hiawathas, a 15-mile rail trail bike path. Handfulls of Train tunnels and 7 trestle bridges.
Perched over Kellog, Silver Mountain has tons of activities to keep you busy year round. Skiing, boarding, tubing, biking and the list goes on. At the base of the gondola is a large hotel with an indoor water park and lots to see in the town. Up on top is the regions best lift access bike park and the view of silver valley is enough to make you want to stay.
Let’s Make Awesome Happen!
Washi tape is a wonderful gift from the Land of the Rising Sun. Traditionally, washi is a type of paper made from tree bark or various other plant cellulose. It is most often used for its aesthetic appeal, but does have some other applications. Since it hit the shelves, it has been a God-send to interior designers and DIY-ers alike. It is a cheap way to have all the color and fun with none of the commitment.
As a new homeowner its really exciting thinking about all of the remodeling and designing you want to do to the interior. But then there’s the anxiety of choosing a color or style. Will we like it? Is it too bold? Will it work with our furniture? Thankfully you can try out some different schemes or patterns in your home without having to worry about the work of changing it. Washi tape is a great way to test the waters and try on different ideas you might have had. Or, maybe you’re like me and you want to change your entire house every few weeks and need something that will be easy to change too.
As a renter you have probably encountered the frustration of not being able to decorate, paint and design your space to your heart’s content. Typically, landlords will require that tenants do nothing to damage or change the home in any way. Other times, renters will avoid putting holes in the walls to ensure that they get their entire deposit at the end of the lease. Both are valid reasons to want to find a temporary work around that will leave your rental feeling like home, and your landlord happy. Here ares some ways to use washi tape to incorporate some beauty in your space and leave the walls good as new when you leave.
Accent walls are a great way to add a huge pop of color to a bland room. They make a huge statement and fortunately with washi tape, they aren’t permanent.
It might not seem like a big deal, but a beautiful headboard can really make a room. While some are just part of the bed frame, others are mounted on the wall. That’s where the washi tape comes in for a damage free , bold statement.
Nurseries and Play Rooms
It seems like kids always want to have bright pink or blue or other crazy colors for their bedrooms. Washi tape allows for all sorts of color and whimsy without having to consider how many coats of white paint it will take to cover up that Frozen mural.
As if the pictures didn’t already speak for themselves. Washi tape is a great way to add a bold statement to your rooms. These murals provide great conversation pieces when placed in main areas. Just make sure if you’re doing something geometric, you have some patience and a ruler, and a ton of coffee.
Another great thing about using this tape throughout your home is that you can add small pops of color or detail that really personalize your area in a big way.
Hope you enjoyed the creative fuel as much as I have! Go forth and make Awesome Happen!
If you’re like me, when you started the buying process you might have wondered why some houses are so outrageously priced and others are not. There are many factors that come in to play such as mortgage rates and availability, economic growth and personal demographics. But when prospective buyers are shopping their market, the one factor they may overlook is inventory shortage.
Real estate inventory is the quantity of houses that are available for purchase in any given market. When I’m out showing people properties, clients always amazed at how few mid-range homes there are. Clients also can’t believe how quickly they go.
The only time that inventory is a problem for home buyers is when the inventory is low. Basic economics. High demand and low supply yields high price tags for buyers. However, if you’re looking to sell, this is great news for you. The fewer homes available, the higher the price tag on your home.
In our current market in the Pacific Northwest, there has been an inventory shortage for several years. Due to the shortage, people are staying in their homes longer and moving less. Contractors are also in a bind because of the inventory shortages are causing prices to shoot through the room. Contractors don’t get paid for homes that sell for less than their cost for production, making them less inclined to build for fear of not making a profit.
In this quick video Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s chief Economist, breaks down the inventory shortage and it’s side effects. He also gives us a forecast for what might be to come.
Now that it is nearly summer in Northern Idaho, you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief across the Panhandle. The sun is out, flowers are blooming and we can finally head downtown to Coeur d’Alene’s wonderful farmers market! John and I have always felt personal conviction to buy local and to support our community and what better way than going out to meet the faces behind all the hard work?
Just a short trip down town to 5th street and you’ll find dozens of tents full of color and aromas that will make you soar. Last year we bought some rare herbs for the garden at one of the local vendors and I was relieved to find that they are back again this year.
You’re also likely to find one or two dairies, some fresh made stone-fired pizza and handmade soaps and countless other crafts but my Granddaughter’s favorite is the strawberry ice cream that Sweet Peaks is selling. Sweet Peaks has been doing the farmers market for a while now, but are just opening up a food truck on 4th & Best Ave. They make all of their ice cream right on the spot with liquid nitrogen. It was really nice finally having ice cream that tasted like both cream and strawberries (real ones).
We hope you get out to the next one and make your own adventure like we did!
Downtown: Wednesdays 4pm-7
5th & Sherman
Hayden: Saturdays 9am-1:30
Hwy 95 & Prairie
Tax time again and a mound of documents and not sure what to do with it all?
Hopefully you made it through another tax season and found all of your documents needed to file your return. Now, what documents do you need to keep and which ones should you toss? Here’s a little guideline which will help you with clearing out the old paperwork, but not throwing away anything that you might need later.
What to keep and what to toss?
John and Tracey Tindall
208-818-2365 or 2456
Thinking of selling and want to spruce up your home before hitting the market? Surprisingly you should think small when making renovations and updates for the best ROI.
If you are like most of our clients you may have a laundry list of things you believe you need to your home before you sell it. Some of the things may be costly and in the end will not improve the sale-ability of your home or even provide a good return on your investment investment. Here are some tips to consider:
If you are thinking of selling , lets meet up and we can work with you to develop a plan for success. The right improvements to increase the sale-ability of your home while being kind to your finances.
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John Tindall: 208-818-2456 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Is this a good time to sell?
Here is your housing snapshot for January 2017 showing an increase of 10% in median home prices and time on market down 5% in Kootenai County. If you are a seller who is on the fence about putting your home on the market, this snapshot is a good indication that this might be a very good time for you to sell your home.
A market offering higher median home prices, shorter closing time frames and less inventory will give sellers who decide to list now have some real advantages especially this time of year.
Listing your home before the masses who wait for better weather in April and May can give you the edge for success. Low inventory combined with a large number of qualified buyers creates competition for your listing. Many buyers have already lost out on another home and these buyers are ready to pounce once your listing hits the MLS. Homes that are show ready and priced right are garnering multiple offers at full price and often offers over full price!
If you would like to be kept up to date on the market or know more about selling your home or the value of your home, contact us and we will be happy to provide you with a customized market analysis.
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