We get asked that question frequently. Or if a property is already on the market, sellers often ask if they should take it off. There are arguments as well as pros and cons for both schools of thought. We’ll break down each side to help you make the decision on if you should list your home in the winter.
1. Less Competition
It’s as simple as supply and demand. If there are fewer homes to choose from, your home will get more activity and showings, in turn, more offers for more money. Additionally, when there are fewer options, buyers tend to be less picky.
2. Buyers Are Serious
Although there are typically more buyers in the spring and summer, the serious buyers continue looking in the winter. If a buyer is truly serious, it doesn’t matter the time of year. During the warmer months, people go to open houses just for fun, but in winter only the serious ones are out. And typically they have a pressing matter that is requiring them to find and close on a house quickly.
3. Online House Hunting Is Year Round
The internet has made house hunting from the warmth of your own home easier than ever. People are constantly looking at listings online. In fact, 93% of people use the internet in their home search and that’s how most begin. The only time they have to deal with the cold is to see the shortlist of their absolute favorites.
4. Agents Are Up To The Challenge & Motivated
Since the winter months are a bit slower, most real estate agents are also slow. If you choose to sell during the winter, your agent will be able to focus more on you. But, you want to be sure you get a good agent that’s up to the challenge. There are hurdles that need to be jumped when selling in winter and a good agent will know how to adapt to the current season and market the listings accordingly. They’ll know the current market in the area and be able to provide you with tips and suggestions.
5. More From Out Of Town Are Looking
During the holiday season, many family members come from out of town to visit. So, if they are considering relocating, they would look at homes when they’re in town. This often means they need to find a home fast and have a bit more financial flexibility. Additionally, people have more time off work and they take advantage of that by looking for their next home. Lastly, more people relocate for work in the first quarter of the year.
1. Curb Appeal Is Difficult
In the spring and summer months, it’s easier to show off the curb appeal of your home with flowers, landscaping, and daylight until 9pm. Winter poses a problem since everything is covered by snow, and typically not fresh snow. Homes listed in winter are often viewed with things looking drab and worn because everything is brown and gray. You could decorate for the holidays, which will make it more appealing. On the plus side, you won’t have to spend as much time meticulously working on your yard.
House hunting in winter can be a chore for the buyers. They’ll need to bundle up and endure the cold temperatures. Fresh snow can also be a traveling hazards for potential buyers, so they may choose to stay home for the day. Also, you’ll need to make sure your driveway and walkways aren’t slick or snow covered. Those who do come to look at your home can track in salt and possibility mud, which you will then need to take extra time to clean after each showing.
3. Buyers Have Limited Budgets
Near the end of the year, many people have their money tied up in other financial obligations such as buying holiday gifts, traveling, setting aside money to pay taxes, or making sure their own home and car are winter ready. With such a tight budget, more people may not be willing to invest in a new home.
4. Buyers Have The Negotiating Power
Most sellers will get multiple offers in spring and summer because there are more buyers. When there are less, some buyers may drive a hard bargain. They may even think that a seller is desperate for any offer and so they low ball them. And often times, the seller accepts because they are worried they won’t get another offer until spring.
If you have any additional questions or concerns about selling your home, in winter or otherwise, contact us! We’re here to help, know the market, and can list your home appropriately.
North Idaho is B-E-A-U-tiful and its known for its mountains, lakes and abundant beauty. Its also known for it’s snow! There is plenty to know about snow and here are some resources to tap into that will keep you informed and prepared.
In Coeur d’Alene the average amount of snow that falls is 42 inches, comparing that to the rest of the country with only 28 inches. Keeping in mind, the farther North you go, the more snow you will see. With Spirit Lake receiving approximately 52 inches a year and Sandpoint with 61 inches. December is typically the heaviest snowfall month with an average of 11.7 inches, and second heaviest is January with 10.4 inches.
But when?? You might hear horror stories of winters in North Idaho lasting half the year, and that’s not exactly wrong. Snow in our area can start as early as November. Unless you were here the record breaking year of 2019 when we received 1.1 inches of snow on September 29th, the most in September’s history. Before that, the last time the snow fell in September was in 1926 with 1 inch of snow. But, on average, you will typically see snow in November and it could last through April.
This is all just averages, there’s no telling exactly what the North Idaho winters will do! That means we need to be ready for everything.
The Coeur d’Alene Police Department offers FREE winter driving classes. They typically begin in October and go through early December. If you’re new to driving in the snow or would like a refresher, check on the specific dates when the time comes next year.
Knowing how to drive in the snow is just part of it, you want to be sure your vehicle is ready for the snow as well. Check out our blog North Winter Driving Preparation for detailed information.
Our home is another thing we need to prepare when winter comes. Our website is always a great resource for this. Check out our Fall & Winter Home Maintenance page to prepare for winter and our blog 6 Overlooked Winterizing Tasks.
Since North Idaho is used to getting so much snow, we are more than prepared when it comes! We have both the expertise and practice on our side! Check out the detailed information on Coeur d’Alene’s snow plan here. The City of Coeur d’Alene’s website also goes into detail on the Snow and Ice Control Operations and also has a map that shows you which roads are completed, getting worked on and getting worked on next. Check out the links below for snow information in your city:
Our blog post mention earlier, North Winter Driving Preparation, also has tips on how to drive in the snow. There are many other resources on the post, such as what to do in an emergency and a video which offers additional recommendations and visuals to help with winter driving.
Snow in North Idaho, although requires much work and preparation, is also fun! We have so many area ski resorts near Coeur d’Alene, check them all out with information about the mountain on our website here under the Area Information tab. And these resorts always have events to enjoy, check them out on our blog post Snow Much Fun! Be sure to check our What’s Happening page for the events happening in the area at all times, it’s updated regularly!
Also, take a look at our Winter category on our blog post here, which has all things winter!
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Are you craving some snow fun this winter? We are, since there hasn’t been much snowfall! But, there is snow up in the mountains. And you may not know, the areas ski resorts often have fun events. Check out a few below and enjoy your winter with us.
Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area
- Winter Carnival – Jan. 12th
~ Wife Carrying Contest With Cash Prices ~ 3 Legged Race ~ Egg Carrying Contest ~ Day Of Family Fun ~
- Mountain BrewFest & Kids Snowbowling – Jan. 26th starting at 11am
~ Push A Child 12 Or Under On A Sled Into Inflatable Pins ~ Prices For Winners ~ Brews & Brats Available From 11-2 ~
- Super Bowl Sunday – Feb. 20th starting at 3:30pm
~ Ski & Board The Day Everybody Stays Home ~ Passing Competition with Gloved Hands ~ Kickoff Competition ~ Great Prices ~
- Fat Tuesday on Sunday – Feb. 23rd
~ Awesome Gumbo ~ BBQ ~ Drinks ~ Party Beads ~
Schweitzer Mountain Resort
- MLK Weekend – Jan. 18th-20th All Day
~ Fun Events Scheduled All Day, Everyday ~ Yoga ~ Snowshoeing ~ Twilight Skiing ~ Live Music ~ Fireworks ~
- Winter Trails Day – Jan. 25th from 9am-3:30pm
~ Free Access To Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing Trails ~
- Starlight Race Series – Feb. 7th-28th
~ Race With Your Team of 5 ~ Nightly Parties ~ Prices ~ Theme is “The Great GatSKI!” ~
Silver Mountain Resort
Slopestyle & Rail Jam!! – Feb. 1st & 2nd at 8:30am
~ USASA Kicking Off Their Season At Silver ~ Slopestyles Competition on the 1st ~ Rail Jam Is On The 2nd ~
- 10 Barrel BeerCat – Feb. 22nd & 23rd from 6-10pm
~ Coolest Mobile Snow Pub Is Coming To Silver ~ Made From Putting A Mini-pub On A Snowcat ~ Enjoy Drinking On The Mountain ~
Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park
- 4th Annual Brewfest 2020!!! – Jan. 25th from 10am – 5pm
~ Beer, Cider & Wine Tasting ~ 16 Different Breweries & Creators ~ BBQ ~ Live Music ~
- “Mountain of Love” Valentine’s Party – Feb. 14th All Day
~ Chairlift Speed Dating ~ Live Music ~
- Fat Sunday Fish Fry – Feb. 23rd from 11:30am – 2:00pm
~ Celebrate Mardi Gras ~ Buffet Style ~ Southern Menu ~ Live Band ~
- Uptown Throwdown – Radio Brewing Company in Kellogg on Feb. 1st from 6-10pm
~ Blocking Off The Roads For Skiing & Boarding ~ Judges Determine Who Has Best Slopestyles ~ Cash Price ~ Beer ~ Music ~
- Farragut Winter Duathlon with the Trail Maniacs – Farragut State Park in Athol on Feb. 1st at 8am
~ Snowshoe & Fat Bike on Professionally Groomed Trails ~ Supports a Good Cause ~
- Sandpoint Winter Carndival – Sandpoint on Feb. 14th-23rd
~ Annual Winter Carnival ~ Fireworks ~ Parade of Lights ~ K-9 Keg Pull ~ Events Continuously Updated on Website ~
- Wallace Extreme Ski-Jor – Downtown Wallace on Feb. 15th all day
~ Known as the “Wildest Event in the Rockies” ~ ATVs Tow Skiers Down a Snow Covered Downtown Street Course ~
- Silver Valley Snowbeast Snowbike Races – Hendrickson Farm Near Mullan on Feb. 15th from 9am-5pm
~ Both Pro and Amateur Motorized Snow Bikers Race ~ Watch as They Complete a Grand Prix Course Around the West and Canada ~
- Mullan Vintage Snowmobile Races – Mullan High School Ballfield on Feb 16th
~ Vintages Snowmobilers Race ~ Specially Designed Course ~
As a homeowner, you likely already have a checklist of items you need to complete before the snow falls. But, there are a few items that you may have forgotten about. Don’t let these items go unchecked or you may have unnecessary headache and expense in the future. Below are 6 tasks that should be completed but many homeowners overlook.
Note: If you do not have a checklist of home maintenance before winter, take a look at ours here!
1. Drain Gasoline and Oil From Your Yard Equipment
Mowing your lawn may be the last thing on your mind right now. But, to ensure your power equipment still runs in tip top shape next year, drain the remaining gas and oil out. If gasoline or oil sits too long it could cause changes in the chemical composition which could lead to a number of problems. Read about how gas can go bad and how to identify it here.
2. Clean Your Window Weep Holes
There are many windows that have weep holes on the exterior bottom of the frame. Their purpose is to drain any water that collects in the frame’s bottom channel. But often times they get clogged with bugs or debris of some kind which could then spill into your house. First, test the weep hole by pouring water into the track. If it doesn’t steadily drain out, there is likely a clog. If that is the case, you could spray it out with compressed air or poke a wire hanger into the hole.
3. Drain Sediment From Your Water Heater
You should drain some of the water from your water heater every year otherwise sediment will collect at the bottom. With gas powered water heaters, this will cause hot spots that will damage the tank. With electric powered heaters, it could cause the lower heating elements to fail. So draining it once yearly will not only extend the water heaters life but also save you money on your energy bills.
If your dryer vent is plugged, it could cause your dryer to run inefficiently or even cause a house fire. Before winter arrives, be sure to clean out your vent to prevent that from happening. It may not always be lint that causes the backup, there may be pests nesting or stuck exhaust hood flappers could also be the culprit. Each year, take the vent off the back of your dryer and clean it. You could get any debris out with a wet/dry vac or use a cleaning kit that can be purchased at home centers. Inspect your exhaust hood flappers to ensure they are in proper working order as well.
5. Check For High Water Pressure
High water pressure can cause issues with pipes, connections and appliances not to mention it wastes water. It is very easy to test to pressure, you just need to purchase a pressure gauge that hooks up to spigot or tub faucet. If the pressure is too high, just change the pressure reducing valve.
6. Test Sump Pump
It’s best to test you sump pump twice a year to avoid your home flooding. It is very simple to test it, you just need to dump water into the basin to make sure it’s working. And be sure your pump has a vertical float switch.
Consider adding the above tasks to your winterizing checklist to help with any possible issues that may arise over the winter season.
It’s almost December and if you know us even a little bit, you know we love the holidays! For those of you excited for all of December’s activities as well- Here is a list of all the fun things we could find in the local area.
Happy Holidays from John & Tracey Tindall
Ensure holiday shopping benefits both people and planet by attending this weekend long international marketplace with hundreds of handmade products from around the world. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Please join us for our second annual Deck the Halls Tree Gala! This lovely event raises funds for One More Time, who’s mission is to help adults with life-limiting conditions have a memorable experience…one more time. There will be a family friendly viewing Saturday November 30th from 1pm to 5pm and again on Sunday December 1st from 1pm to 5pm where you can vote for your favorite tree and enjoy live music. The main event will be Thursday December 5th from 6pm to 8pm, where we will have a live and silent auction, raffles, delicious bites and festive beverages for $25/ticket or buy 4 for $100 and get a fifth ticket free! If you are interested in being a food vendor or decorating a tree for the Gala please contact Tiffinay 208-512-0814
Everyone is welcome to our 3rd annual Breakfast with Santa! Come enjoy breakfast, raffles, Santa pictures and letters writing! Santa is known to write you back!
100% of proceeds will go to our Christmas For Kids program.
Enjoy a beautiful brunch (with a mimosa bar!) while perusing the tiny trees up for silent auction bidding. Buy a raffle ticket for a full size decorated Super Tree that you’ll love! The tiny trees are all decorated by local community leaders, non-profits and businesses.
Puppet Shows: The puppet show, “TBD,” promises to be absolutely magical — fully staged across the front of a classroom, draped in gem-colored silks, and performed by gifted teachers using handmade scenery and marionettes. The show will play three times throughout the day: 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm.
Crystal Cave: Children are invited to enter the Cave’s secret passage into a twinkling world of wonder and leave with a sparkling reminder of the season’s magic.
Craft-Making Room: There will be face painting and craft-making available for kids and adults to do together or on their own, including dipping beeswax candles by hand.
Kids-Only Store: There will be a store stocked with donated items where the children may buy gifts for their family members with just a dollar or two per gift.
Arts and Crafts Fair: On our lower level, you’ll find over 20 local artisan and craft vendor booths. A juried show with quality gifts and treasures just in time for your holiday shopping.
Food: There will be delicious homemade soups, quiches, Caesar salad and rolls for lunch; homemade cinnamon rolls for brunch, roasted chestnuts and a gourmet dessert café featuring cookies, cakes, pies, Evans Brothers coffee, and tea to purchase for very reasonable prices. There will be plenty of tables and chairs to sit and visit as you eat.
Hot Chai Hut: Warm, spicy homemade Chai served in a little getaway location. Transport yourself for a moment of relaxation in an exotic locale.
Parents-Only Silent Auction: We’ve gathered gently used toys and treasures that we’re sure parents would love to give as gifts to their little ones this Christmas. If you are a parent or an adult, stop in to bid on these one-of-a-kind items. Bidding closes at 3:30 pm.
Sandpoint Waldorf School’s Christmas Faire and Children’s Festival is open and free to all! Tickets, which are sold for $1 a piece, are available for the puppet shows and craft-making. Plan to spend the whole day. There is so much to do and see!
Elmo discovers that magic can be found anywhere when you believe in yourself. When magician extraordinaire Justin visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show for the whole neighborhood, Elmo wants to be part of the big event but he first must learn to persevere and practice his magic. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets for meet and greets before the shows also available with purchase of corresponding event ticket.
Grab your dancing shoes & your jingle bells! The JACC is having a Christmas Swing Dance! Live Music by “The Zonky Swing Band” of Spokane. Dance lessons by “Strictly Swing” of Spokane! Cookie Contest, refreshments & more! It don’t mean a thing….. if it aint got that Swing!!
Travel on a journey through time and heritage. Tears well up and hearts are filled with respect as the USO performance takes the stage and our military is honored. Throughout the show, your favorite Christmas classics are brought to life with song and dance. Crowds are amazed by the beautifully choreographed kickline tap numbers, and children light up as we travel north to Santa’s workshop. The grand Nativity conclusion reminds us all that there is a purpose behind the celebration. Traditions of Christmas is truly an experience you won’t want to miss.
Suzuki String Academy and Allegro Dance Studio are excited to offer the Sandpoint Community a collaborative Holiday concert Celebrating music and dance. Featured performers are local student musicians and dancers from our community in an engaing interactive live performance experience. This Inagural Event will showcase a matinee at 2pm and an Evening Gala at 7pm. Evening Gala begins at 6pm. Adults tickets include 1 beverage and dessert. Children tickets include, meeting the characters and a visit to the Hot Chocolate station where they can create a customized holiday souvenir. Evening Gala Event – $35.00
FREE ADMISSION & PARKING! Don’t miss this amazing winter version of our market! Over 60 vendors selling produce, honey, breads, jams and jellies, meat, eggs, milk and cheese! Plus loads of gift items from our artisans and crafters, and even plants and Christmas decorations! We pack the Jacklin Building, and offer free parking and admission, plus free homemade cookies and beverages. Live music, too!
Head down to Emerge on Sunday, December 15 to shop from a dozen local artists all in one location selling amazing handcrafted items.
Jewelry, ceramics, felt hats & scarves, kitchen accessories, and more will be featured!
Artist vendors to be announced soon.
Want to become a vendor? Fill out the application by November 8 here: https://forms.gle/HtxzkM3uWivGejx2A
Talented student musicians who have been entertaining our Jazz at the JACC audiences. You won’t want to miss this concert. Show starts at 6:30 pm, Doors open at 6 for hot chocolate and cider. Tickets $5 – all proceeds go to support this amazing group of musicians
The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials for fruitcake (extra-fancy), and the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring. A handful of actors bring dozens of characters to the stage, as the familiar story unfolds: Three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a thrilling journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas. A charming take on a family favorite that will leave no one saying “Bah Humbug!”
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND. It’s THE Holiday Party! Join us Saturday, December 21st, 2019 for our 5th Holiday Party on Lake Coeur d’ Alene. If you’ve attended this party before, you know it’s a can’t be missed kind of event! We will be celebrating on the Mish n’ Nock boat – recently remodeled and fab!
Experience just how sweet New Year’s Eve can be with us on twinkling Lake Coeur d’Alene! Our “New Year’s Eve Dessert Cruise” takes place on December 31st and features a dessert social, champagne toast and the most breathtaking views of NYE fireworks on the lake! 🍰
Here in beautiful North Idaho we are lucky to have 4 very distinct seasons. Everybody loves the warmth of Summer, the freshness of Spring, the colors of Fall, and the coziness of Winter. With winter comes SNOW and that can mean snow storms! Driving in the snow and knowing how to be prepared for winter driving can be a bit stressful. Knowing what to do or even where to start preparation can be one of the biggest hurdles. There are simple preparations that can be done to your vehicle and with your family to get through the longest and coldest season. Check out the winter driving preparation tips below to help avoid winter sneaking up on you and those you love.
Preparation Tips for Winter:
Get a Vehicle Winter Maintenance Check-up Before Winter Hits:
~ Don’t wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers
~ Tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms, so get your check-up scheduled NOW
Know How to Drive in the Snow and Ice
~ Start you vehicle early and scrape your windows each morning before heading out. It will ensure you will have a clear view of the roadway and keep you warm
~ Be smooth and slow in steering, breaking and accelerating. If you move the tires too quickly, they don’t have time to respond and you will end up sliding.
~ Drive for the conditions – that means drive slower, accelerate slower, don’t stop if you can avoid it since accelerating back up may be difficult and leave additional room between you and the vehicle in front of you (Keep in mind that the larger the vehicle the longer it will take for it to stop)
~ Do not use cruise control because if your car skids or hydroplanes it accelerates to maintain the vehicles speed which will make it very difficult to remain in control of your vehicle.
~ Accelerate from a stop in 2nd gear because there is less torque and you’re less likely to spin the tire.
~ Know how to handle a hill, do not power up the hill or stop on your way up.
~ Drive in the snow pack next to the road to get more traction if the road is too icy
~ Remember that all-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles do not stop faster or steer better on ice
~ Slow down when you approach intersections, off-ramps, bridges or anything that looks like it may be icy or where you will need to stop
~ If you end up behind a snow plow, slow down and give the plow extra room
~ Chain-up and removal areas are often where people are out of their vehicles so be sure to slow down and be vigilant in those areas
Practice driving in parking lots to learn how to handle your vehicle in a slide and get to know your breaks, that will help
tremendously in a real world situation
Have Basic Winter Survival Kit & Basic Winter Travel Gear in Your Vehicle:
~ You never know what you will run into when you drive away from your home each winter morning, so it’s best to always be prepared. The checklist below will make sure you have everything you need.
Know What to do in an Emergency:
~ If you start to slide, first thing to do is stay calm! Avoid sudden movements. Do not turn your tires quickly, accelerate or break suddenly, it can cause you to loose traction. Look where you want to go and steer that direction. If you start
heading off the road, steer towards things that will cause the least amount of damage, such as an empty field or yard.
~ Find a roadside assistance company and plan that works for you. Check with your insurance provider and see if it’s comes with your plan or any possible discounts. Don’t forget to renew the policy! Many individuals let it expire and forget about it until it’s needed.
~ There may be a situation where you are stranded, maybe your vehicle broke down or you’ve slide off the road, and you need a tow truck or a ride. It’s good to have phone numbers saved in your phone in case you are at a location where you can’t access the internet. Below is a small list of tow companies and ride options in our area:
- Schaffer’s Towing – (208)667-2330
- Reliable Towing – (208)762-5151
- Cole’s Automotive, Mobile Service, & Towing – (208) 83-3582
- Al’s Towing – (208)265-8697
- Coeur d’Alene Cab – (208) 667-9000
- Collins Taxi – (208) 704-0151
Note: Often with ridesharing options, such as Lyft and Uber, you must sign up and create an account to use their service. If you haven’t already, it would be a good idea for sign up for one so you have another ride option.
Keep Your Fuel Tank Full:
~ Don’t let it fall below half a tank because condensation can form in the empty portion of the gas tank. In cold weather, that condensation will freeze then collect into icy blockages in your lines and make it difficult to start your vehicle.
Plan With Your Family:
~ Create a plan that works well with your family in case an emergency happens, especially if you have younger drivers
~ Go over it each year before the snow falls
~ Be sure to find your local station for traffic reports and emergency messages. Most local stations in your area will have weather alerts, but if you’re specifically looking for a weather channel, click here to find one in your area.
~ Check the weather frequently so you are prepared for its arrival
Check Your Tires:
~ Make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm
~ Have the correct type of tires for the weather
~ Check tire pressure during cold weather. To do so, first find out what the recommended pressure is. Then after your tires have cooled, press the tire gauge directly into the tire vulvae and hold firmly (You should hear no air coming out). Based on what the gauge says, you could either release some air, add some or leave it. Check it frequently though winter.
Check out this video for additional recommendations and visuals to help with the tips listed above:
Click on the Checklists Below for More Information:
AND REMEMBER TO ALWAYS BE SAFE OUT THERE!!
One thing you can count on in North Idaho and that is that Idaho has 4 great and very distinct seasons. Each having something fun and unique to offer. From the weather to events, food and clothes. Above all, there is always something to do in each season. Indoor or outdoor person, it doesn’t matter, there’s something for you.
Over the next few months there are enough activities in our beautiful city and surrounding area to make your head spin. Below are just a few of activities you might want to consider. You can always stay tuned to our What’s Happening Page for January, February & March for a full list. Including dates, times, locations and links!!
Mamma Mia! – Aspire Community Theatre on Feb. 8 -17.
It’s a show you can’t miss! The only Pacific Northwest Company to hold this will have this production.
The Chocolate Affair – Feb. 8 from 5-8pm
Can’t miss this chocolate tasting event & competition. Test chocolates with the perfect wine pairing with your valentine!
The Sweetheart’s Ball – Feb. 15 from 5:30-9:30pm
There will be a buffet dinner, plus a silent & live auction
Wallace Extreme Ski-Jor – Feb. 16-17
It’s known as the “Wildest Event in the Rockies”!! Check out ATVs Towing Skiers Down a Snow Covered Downtown Street Course
Mardi Gras Krewe d’Alene – Feb. 16 from 5:30-10pm
Take a stroll through the streets of New Orleans where you can enjoy New Orleans Style Food from 10 Local Restaurants! Don’t forget about the fun street entertainment.
Charter Academy’s Soup & Chili Cook-Off – March 2 from 5-8pm
Sample the Soup & Chili. Also Enjoy Auction Items, Game Room for Kids & Musical Performances
Bartender’s Ball – March 2nd from 7:30-10:30pm
Check out this cocktail showdown with Local Mixologists!
The above is just a handful of the events happening over the next couple of months. And, there is always many to choose from each month and season. Get out and enjoy all our area has to offer this winter!! And don’t forget to drop by our What’s Happening Page for January, February & March for a full list. Including dates, times, locations and links!!
John and Tracey Chime In
We love north Idaho. We love the fact that every season has its own unique life. Festivities, events and change. You never get bored here. Just about the time you are ready for a change, Idaho delivers! Each season has so many fun and unique activities and many that you look forward to all year long. Idaho keeps it interesting and enjoyable and its just one of the reasons we call this our forever-home!
John and Tracey Tindall
Home Maintenance for Fall/Winter
The purchase of a home will likely be the biggest invest anybody will make in their life. Our homes are the centers of our lives because they hold everything and everyone important to us. Our top priorities are taking care of that invest. Winter is a harsh season here in North Idaho as a result it can cause some damage to our homes, properties, our loved ones, or even our wallets! It can be avoided if we take extra steps this fall or start of winter to prepare.
The next question is where do I start? Not knowing can be overwhelming and stressful. Below is just a small list of some important home maintenance ideas. Included is the reason you should do them. It can make a huge difference on your home and property this year.
For a full list of maintenance ideas as well as a printable checklist, go to our website by clicking here!
What to do
|Clean gutters and downspouts throughout fall||A build up of leaves and other debris could lead to wood rot, pest issues, and ruined gutters.|
|Change summer screens to cool weather storm windows & doors||Removing screens stop snow from getting trapped between the window and screen. That avoids damage to the sill and frame as well as lets in more light. Installing storm windows & doors helps keep your home insulated through the cold months.|
|Replace the filter in your furnace||This helps the lifespan of your heater, reduces energy bills and improves air quality.|
|Flush and insulate your hot water tank||Flushing removes sediment which in turn could extend the life of your tank. Insulating can help conserve energy, in turn saving you money.|
|Place a sheet of plywood held down by a few bricks on top and your AC, not a waterproof cover||Plywood can stop falling icicles and other debris which in turn would cause damage to the unit. Waterproof covers creates a warm environment for unwanted guests to stay for the winter.|
|Trim limps that are close to power lines or the roof of your home||Avoids heavy snow/ice building up causing damage.|
For a full list of maintenance ideas as well as a printable checklist, go to our website by clicking here!
Here in beautiful North Idaho we are lucky to have 4 very distinct seasons. Everybody loves the warmth of Summer, the freshness of Spring, the colors of Fall, and the coziness of Winter.
With winter comes SNOW and that can mean snow storms! Driving in the snow and knowing how to be prepared for winter driving can be a bit stressful.
Knowing what to do or even where to start preparation can be one of the biggest hurdles. There are simple preparations that can be done to your vehicle and with your family to get through the longest and coldest season. Check out the below tips to help avoid winter from sneaking up on you and those you love.
Preparation Tips for Successfully Surviving the Winter:
Get a Vehicle Winter Maintenance Check-up Before Winter Hits:
~ Don’t wait to check your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, lights, brakes, heater/defroster and wipers ~
~ Tire shops and mechanics are busiest just before and during winter storms, so get your check-up scheduled NOW ~
Keep a Basic Winter Survival Kit in Your Vehicle:
~ Flashlight ~ Batteries ~ Blanket ~ Snacks ~
Water ~ Gloves ~ Boots ~ First-aid kit ~
Load Your Car with Basic Travel Gear:
~ Tire chains ~ Ice scraper/snowbrush ~ Jumper cables ~ Road flares ~
Keep Your Fuel Tank Full:
~ Don’t let it fall below half a tank ~
Plan With Your Family
~ Create a plan that works well with your family ~
~ Practice it each year before the snow falls ~
~ Be sure to find your local station for traffic reports and emergency messages ~
~ Know the weather approaching so you are prepared for its arrival ~
Check Your Tires:
~ Make sure your chains fit before the first winter storm ~
~ Check tire pressure during cold weather ~
Click on the Checklists Below for More Information:
AND REMEMBER TO ALWAYS BE SAFE OUT THERE!!
Washington State Dept of Transportation https://www.wsdot.com/winter/emergencykit.htm
Take the Winter by Storm https://takewinterbystorm.org/
Maybe Winder is the best time for you to consider selling?
With Demand remaining high in our area combined with low inventory which continues to drop, this winter might just be a great combination of factors making it an ideal time for you to sell.
A balanced market will sit at six months of inventory. Less than six months of inventory and you start heading into a sellers market. Lower the inventory the greater the sellers market. In Kootenai County, our inventory sits at less than 3 months in most price sectors. A large number of price sectors are sitting at just one month. Low inventory with high demand will increase market values and your list price. Interest rates continue to remain low which continues to create a tremendous amount of buyers.
Winter is often thought a difficult time to sell, but in this buying climate it creates a perfect storm for selling! In the winter months there is even less competition and this increases demand even further. Buyers out looking in the cold and snow are much more serious buyers too!
If you are interested in knowing more about the inventory levels in your neighborhood or more about our market and in determining your next step, let’s connect, we would love to assist in keeping you up on the market.
Let’s Make Awesome Happen
John and Tracey Tindall
Windermere, Coeur d’Alene Realty