Spring Maintenance Checklist

Spring is the perfect opportunity for homeowners to prepare their property for the months to come. Here are tips from Pillar to Post Home Inspectors to get started:

  • Check siding for cracks, peeling or chipped paint, and general wear and tear. Have damaged areas repaired and repainted as needed for lasting protection.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts of debris that collected over the winter.
  • Check patios and walkways for cracks and any loose bricks or pavers. These are a tripping hazard that needs to be corrected promptly.
  • Clean window screens and repair any holes or tears, or replace the screen material.
  • Check around for damaged tree limbs and branches. If a large tree appears to be damaged, be safe and call a professional to address any issues.
  • Inspect the irrigation system for broken sprinkler heads and emitters. Also check for overspray and adjust the system to prevent water waste.

 

Happy Spring Everyone!

 

5 Home Must-Haves According to Millennial Buyers

Millennials are becoming leading influencers in the luxury real estate market and, with that, comes along a new list of desired amenities and design elements such as minimalism, smart technology, wellness, entertainment, and more. The below list of homes, of which can all be seen on Luxury Portfolio International‘s website, showcases such trends and is worthy of Millennial swooning.


WELLNESS AMENITIES

Crete, Greece | Price Upon Request

Wellness is of vital importance to Millennials. Stay active within multiple calming spaces throughout this property – for instance, walking the private sandy beach or the garden with shady paths complete with Mediterranean flowers and centuries-old trees. A dip in the infinity pool is yet another activity, serving both as a place to get fit, as well as to unwind.

 

SMART HOUSE

Malibu, California, USA | US $6,885,000

The smart house is growing in popularity, allowing Millennials to customize and automate much of their living environment. This newly built, Malibu home is fully automated and 100% off-grid through solar energy. The Ring security system is another highly desired smart home benefit this abode has to offer. Along with the smart house amenities, this home is beautifully designed with 17-foot ceilings and walls of glass overlooking mountain and ocean views.

 

MINIMALISM

Chicago, Illinois, USA | US $6,750,000

Millennials always seek ways of simplifying their busy lifestyles, which has resulted in the rise in minimalism in design. But keeping it simple doesn’t have to be boring. This award-winning Chicago penthouse showcases remarkable, 12-foot ceilings with dramatic arched windows and doors. The open floorplan prioritizes sleek design, but in a truly mesmerizing fashion.

 

AMAZING KITCHENS

Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA | US $3,585,000

Millennials consider kitchens to be among one of the most important rooms within the home and enjoy experimenting with different cuisines. What better space to cook than this sleek and contemporary kitchen? Offering an oversized refrigerator, two large sinks, and abundant storage space, this kitchen opens to other stunning living areas. Cooking can also be taken outside on an expansive wood deck, complete with a built-in grill, plus a gas fireplace, saltwater pool, and views of Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier, and Seattle.

 

NATURAL ELEMENTS

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA | US $2,350,000

Nature-related design is expected to be huge among Millennials in the coming years. This Colorado home, built by the award-winning Brannen Homes, offers a stunning and intimate backyard with beautifully styled outdoor living and dining spaces. The surrounding, lush vegetation provide an additional nature connection, while nearby parks and walking paths allow residents to explore nature within their residence and beyond.


For more home inspiration, check out Luxury Portfolio International’s list of  favorite  work-from-home amenities.

 

Service Line Coverage from State Farm

 

 

 

 

Do you know that municipalities and utility companies are typically not responsible for the water, sewer, electric, gas and other service lines on your premises? Any repairs are most likely at your expense.

State Farm® Service Line Coverage may be added to your Homeowners Policy for a low annual cost with a $500 deductible and a $10,000 limit per occurrence to provide coverage for loss or damage to service lines. In some states, coverage includes a limitation of $2,500 on service lines 50 years old or older at the time of loss. Ask your agent about what’s covered in your state.

 

What does this coverage include?

This is not warranty coverage. Under the Service Line Coverage, a covered service line refers to “exterior underground piping and wiring,” including permanent connections, valves or attached devices providing the following services to your home:

1. Communications
2. Compressed air
3. Drainage
4. Electrical power
5. Heating, including geothermal, natural gas, propane and steam
6. Waste disposal
7. Water

A service line failure is defined as a leak, break, tear, rupture, collapse, or electrical arcing of a covered service line not otherwise excluded. A service line failure may be caused by, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Wear and tear, marring, deterioration or hidden decay
  • Rust or other corrosion
  • Mechanical breakdown, latent defect inherent vice
  • Weight of vehicles, equipment, animals or people
  • Vermin, insects, rodents or other animals
  • Artificially generated electrical current
  • Freezing or frost heave
  • External force from a shovel, backhoe or other forms of excavation
  • Tree or other root invasions

Blockage or low pressure of a covered service line when there is no physical damage is not a covered service line failure.

 

Here’s a coverage example:

Say, for instance, your sewer line cracks as a result of tree root invasion and the covered repair costs total $10,000. With Service Line Coverage, your responsibility for the loss is your $500 deductible. Payment for the loss would be the remaining $9,500. Payment for the loss would be $2,500 if your state has a sublimit and the damaged sewer line was 50 years old or older.

 

Covered service lines also include:

• Excavation costs – We may pay the necessary and reasonable excavation costs that are required to repair or replace your covered service line.
• Expediting costs – We may pay reasonable extra costs to make temporary repairs and expedite permanent repairs or permanent replacement.
• Loss of use – We may cover additional living expenses and fair rental value due to a covered loss.
• Outdoor property – We may pay for your outdoor property, such as trees, shrubs, plants, lawns, walkways or driveways that are damaged as a result of a service line failure or are damaged during the excavation of the covered service line.

 

Choosing the right supplemental coverage is important. Your State Farm agent is here to help guide your decision.

 

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Jeannie Hulse, Agent

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525 Briggs Street, PO Box 1005
Erie, CO 80516-1005

 

17 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Get Organized

from SpareFoot.com

 

1. Start Small.

Simply put, don’t bite off more than you can chew.

“People usually make a resolution that says something like, ‘I’m going to get my home and office totally organized this year, and I will never misplace anything again’,” said Maria Spetalnik, a professional organizer in the Washington, DC, area. “This is not only unrealistic but would take so long that they usually run out of steam before they even see results. Then they are frustrated with themselves and have often created a bigger problem than they started with.”

To prevent that frustration, Spetalnik said, make resolutions like, “I will do my shopping using a list rather than trying to remember what I need.”

 

2. Use One Calendar for Everything.

This includes reminders, vacations, tasks and anything else “to help you kick
 forgetfulness,” said Amber Kostelny, a professional organizer in Chicago.

Kim Oser, a professional organizer in the Washington, DC, area, said your calendar must be portable, whether it’s in paper or digital form. That way, you can mark down appointments and other calendar-worthy events when you’re on the go. 

 

3. Establish Daily, Weekly and Monthly Routines.

“Creating routines to
 accomplishing tasks will make sure even the mundane things get done around
 the house,” Kostelny said.

For example, make your bed daily, pay your bills weekly and clean out your wallet monthly.

 

4. Set Manageable Goals.

Either at night before or in
 the morning, jot down your three most important tasks for the day, Oser said.

“There may be more than three but these are the three things that must get 
done,” Oser said. “It allows you to build them in to your day rather than panicking at 
the end of the day.”

 

5. Divide and Conquer.

Rather than taking on a massive organizing project, break that project up into pieces, like getting the corner of a room into shape, not the entire room, said Beth Giles, a professional organizer in Portland, OR.

“One of the biggest misconceptions is that a room can be transformed
 into an organized area in a matter of minutes,” Giles said. “Most rooms or offices do not
 become disorganized overnight but rather over months or years, so it will
 require hours or days to work through the contents of a space and restore
 its order.”

 

Find out what the other 12 are here!

 

September is National Preparedness Month!

from Organization & Relocation

Amidst the fires in Colorado and California that are threatening so many homes, businesses and the health of thousands, disaster preparedness is top of mind for many, including the team at Organization & Relocation.

The American Red Cross recommends developing a family disaster plan and having an emergency kit – do you feel ready to act quickly if a disaster strikes? Get prepared with tools and resources from the American Red Cross below.


PREPARE FOR FALL 🍂

Cool mornings, the smell of pumpkin spice and a sparkling clean home! Rounding up our top tips for Fall cleaning this season!

1. Store, Sort & Categorize

 

Before you begin the overhaul, determine where you will be storing your summer clothes. Make piles for keep, discard, and donate. Get rid of unwanted clothes or clothes that do not fit – if you don’t like them now, you probably won’t next Summer either!

 

2. Comb Through That Closet

 

Has work from home life changed your day to day wardrobe? Take inventory of your current “work” clothes and if that pant suit ship has sailed, place it in the donation pile! As you hang those Fall sweaters, ask yourself it that sweater brings you joy! No? Time to go!

 

3. Furnace Inspection 

Hire an HVAC professional to check heating efficiency, test for leaks and change the filter. Also, check for drafts by using a lighted candle around doors and windows and if you see a flicker, inspect for broken or cracked seals.

 

4. Organize the Shed

 

As summer items begin to fill up shed space, now is a good time to sort, purge and organize remaining items. Move summer items to the back and winter items to the front for easy access.

 

5. Set Your Kids Up For Success

   

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be a hectic experience if you’re organized! Label and organize your child’s homeschooling area – for better learning and your own peace of mind!

 


A few of our favorite organizing tools

Plastic Storage Bin with Handles
$5.99

Multi-Purpose Bins
$3.99

Large Cabinet Shelf
$7.99

Expand-A-Shelf
$9.99


 

Professional Organizers Share Tips for Your Home

Adapt Around Your Home
During Covid-19

With fall around the corner, homeschooling impending and many companies navigating towards a work from home policy, our team of expert organizers at Organization & Relocation weighed in on how you can optimize your space for spending more time in your home.


WORKING FROM HOME?

Tune in to these tips to make your #WFHlife more functional

1. Prioritize Location

You’ll likely spend many hours in your home office, so don’t stiff yourself on space (e.g. squishing a tiny desk into a windowless closet to preserve the rarely-used guest room).

2. Invest in a Great Chair 

You spend hours parked in your office chair; a beautiful, ergonomically correct, comfortable seat is worth every dime.

 

3. Organize Vertically & Horizontally

Hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk, and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm’s reach.

 

4. Get Your Technology Together

Hide unsightly cords. Encase cords on the desk in a fabric cord cover, feed the cords into a desk grommet, or buy a cute cord manager!

 

5. Use Separators

Don’t get caught on a call with a need for a sticky note and you can’t find it because it’s buried in your drawer. Use separators to create nice compartments for your things.

 

6. Tidy Up

Just like making your bed every morning, close up shop at the end of each day by tidying up your desk when you’re finished with work. This is your “reset” to set yourself up for success the next morning!

 


 

19 Best Home Design and Decorating Apps

Design your own house with apps that make decorating, shopping, and renovating a whole lot easier!

5. Color911

Available for iOS; $4

Create and save color palettes for your next decorating project with the Color911 app. Color specialist Amy Wax has generated more than 80 downloadable color themes, but you can also create a palette based on a photograph taken on your device and organize favorite colors into folders, then share with friends or designers by email.

 

6. Color Capture

Available for iOS and Android; free

Spot a brilliant color while out that you’d love in your home? This app from Benjamin Moore allows you to snap a photo, and its technology will spit out suggested paint options to match it. Though some users say the colors skew dark, it’s a useful starting point, and the grouped color format will give suggestions for pairing colors.

 


SKETCHING & RENDERING HOME DESIGN APPS

 

Whether you’re a professional designer or just like to approach a project like one, these apps will let you keep sketches, mood boards, and notes organized.

 

7. Paper by Fifty Three

Available for iOS; free

The Paper app lets users make sketches and take handwritten notes that can be combined with photos and typed text. It’s a popular tool for architects and designers such as Daniel Libeskind and Kelly Wearstler.

 

8. Morpholio Board Pro

Available for iOS; free for basic use and $4/month or $12/year for pro tools   

Designed to make life easier for professionals, Morpholio Board Pro merges mood boards, shopping lists, cut sheets, and specs all into one app, making client presentations and project management a breeze.

 


MEASUREMENT INTERIOR DESIGN APPS

 

Who hasn’t bought an amazing piece only to bring it home to find that it’s not quite the right size—or, worse, that it won’t even fit through the door? These apps will help you make and store measurements so everything will fit correctly the first time.

 

9. Photo Measures

Available on iOS for $7 and Android for $5

No need to constantly carry around a tape measure; this app allows users to snap a photo of a space and write the measurements right on it. Next time you’re shopping for furniture, there’s no need to wonder whether the amazing piece you’ve found will fit. Just pull out the app for reference.

 

10. MagicPlan

Available for iOS; free

MagicPlan takes photos of your space and converts them into floor plans with accurate measurements. For an added fee, these plans can be exported in PDF, JPG, and DXF formats to share with contractors, designers, or real-estate agents.

 

11. Measured

Available for iOS; free

Lowes recently debuted this handy app, which uses augmented reality to let users measure a space or an object using only the phone’s camera. Measurements can be saved for those trips to the furniture or home improvement store.

The Zillow Digs app provides inspiration and estimates for remodeling projects.Photo: Courtesy of Zillow 


STYLING & ARRANGING HOME DESIGN APPS

 

Find the ideal furniture arrangement, try out art, or just get inspiration with these apps that will help you put the finishing touches on your space.

 

12. Rooomy

Available for iOS; free

Visualizing how new furniture will look in a space can be a challenge. With the ability to convert 2-D photos into 3-D renderings, Rooomy allows homeowners and designers to envision different configurations of art and furnishings in a specific space, with direct links to retailers when they settle on the perfect pieces.

 

13. Artfully Walls Try on Wall

Available for iOS and Android; free

Settling on art for your home may not always be as easy as buying what you love. Online art destination Artfully Walls helps you decide on an arrangement with its Try on Wall app, which uses augmented reality to display a preview of art you’re considering hanging on your own walls.

 

14. Room Planner by Ikea

Available for iOS; free

Would that Billy bookcase look better in the living room or office? Now there’s an easy way to see. Everyone’s favorite Swedish furniture purveyor has unveiled an augmented-reality app that lets users “try on” furnishings without having to navigate through the store’s maze-like aisles.

 

15. Art.com

Available for iOS; free

The online art purveyor’s new augmented-reality app lets you see how artworks will actually look on your actual wall before you purchase them, so you know that gallery wall will be perfect.

 


MAINTENANCE & UTILITY INTERIOR DESIGN APPS

 

Keep your home running smoothly with these apps that will remind you of repairs, help you with DIY tasks, or organize chores.

 

16. BrightNest

Available for iOS and Android; free

This app, from the company behind Angie’s List, acts as a personalized reminder system for the maintenance tasks that homeowners commonly forget (e.g., changing smoke-detector batteries). BrightNest also asks users a set of questions to determine which of its thousands of cleaning, organizing, DIY, design, and maintenance tips show up in the app’s feed.

 

17. Housepad

Available for iOS and Android; free

The brainchild of 1stdibs founder Michael Bruno, Housepad stores notes and visual instructions on household maintenance—shareable with family, guests, and staff. Decorators can use the to-the-trade component to catalog a home’s furnishings.

 

18. iHandy Carpenter

Available for iOS; $2

Don’t own a toolbox? Fear not. This handy app integrates some of a carpenter’s most useful tools, including a surface level, plumb bob, and steel ruler.

 


FUN & INSPIRING HOME DESIGN APP

 

19. Design Home

Available for iOS  and Android; free

If you can’t get enough of home design, then you’ll want to download this top-rated app on the double. True, you won’t actually be working on your own home, but you’ll be designing gorgeous interiors using real furniture from brands like Lexington, Article, West Elm, DWR, Brownstone, Badgley Mischka, Cynthia Rowley, and more. You’ll definitely get inspired as you design living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, outdoor spaces, and more—and you just may find some stunning furniture pieces you’ll want to buy IRL.


 

What Americans Love—and Hate—About Their Homes During Coronavirus, a REALTOR.com Survey

By  Clare Trapasso  |  Apr 27, 2020

There’s nothing like a pandemic forcing you to stay indoors to help you realize what’s really important in your living space.

 

As millions of Americans shelter in place, they’re realizing what they love—and what they desperately want to change—about their homes and neighborhoods.

 

The quality people valued most in their current living situation was being in a quiet neighborhood with outdoor space that’s near grocery stores and pharmacies, according to a realtor.com® survey of 1,300 homeowners and renters.

 

The survey was conducted during the week of April 5. About 13% of respondents ranked each of these characteristics highly.

 

“After more than a month of stay-at-home orders, it’s safe to say Americans are really getting to know what home features work and don’t work for their families,” realtor.com’s chief marketing officer, Nate Johnson, said in a statement.

 

That outdoor area in a quiet community can provide fresh air and a much-needed mental health break from those who have been cooped up at home for too long.

 

Ten percent of folks also appreciated having an updated kitchen, all the better for preparing meals at home when dining out is not an option. About 9% of participants liked their natural light, and 6% appreciated flexible spaces that can be used for crafting, gaming, or exercise.

 

What folks yearned for the most—but didn’t have—in their homes was more space. Hey, it’s hard to be quarantined with everyone on top of everyone else! About 19% of survey participants dreamed of additional square footage, while 13% wanted an updated kitchen and 11% wanted a home gym.

 

Updating the style of the home, wanting more natural light, and adding a yard or patio all ranked highly, with about 9% of participants each. An additional 6% hoped for an extra bathroom.

 

And since they’re stuck at home, many folks are making the best of it by finally getting around to their do-it-yourself lists. About 32% of those surveyed said they had started a home improvement project, and another 15% plan to embark on one.

 

“As we move forward, we expect the shelter-in-place experience to have a significant influence on home-buying trends and how buyers prioritize home features, neighborhoods, and home improvement projects” Johnson said in a statement.

 

The most common DIY project was finally getting around to cleaning out the closets or the garage, at 21% of participants. That was followed by gardening and planting, at 17%; painting, at 13%; redecorating a room, at 10%; and rearranging the furniture, at 9%.

 

In addition, folks were keen on adding artwork or decor to their homes, at 7%; adding a home gym or workout space, at 5%; and installing an office or work space, at 4%.

 

Clare Trapasso is the senior news editor of realtor.com and an adjunct journalism professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She previously wrote for a Financial Times publication, the New York Daily News, and the Associated Press. She is also a licensed real estate agent. Contact her at clare.trapasso@realtor.com.

 

Local Perspective

The Value of Home is More Important Than Ever Before

While we are so grateful to have our homes, especially during this time of Sheltering in Place, being cooped up in your home can get monotonous.  How are you spending your time each day? Here are some ideas to spend the time that help stimulate your mind and body, and maybe even increase the value of your home or help the community at the same time!

 


Virtual Workout & Yoga Classes

Focusing on the health and wellness of you and your family is critical during these times of social distancing. It is important to keep a routine, continue to connect with others, practice mindfulness, and move your body as much as you can. Studios are offering online classes for reduced rates, donations, and even for free!

 

Amana Yoga Boulder offers a donation-based yoga class Tuesday’s at 5pm

Local instructor Lauralyn Sullivan is offering online donation-based Deep Stretch and Meditation with live Violin

Earth Yoga Boulder offers online yoga and meditation

Soul Tree Yoga in Louisville offers online yoga and meditation classes

Yoga Pod Boulder offers online yoga classes

Yoga Junction Louisville offers online yoga classes (prenatal and postnatal options too)

CorePower Yoga is offering free online classes each week

Peloton is offering a free 90-day trail of their online app that streams various fitness classes (no bike needed)

Physique57 offers Sculpting, core and barre classes, no need for equipment! There are a few free classes available, or you can buy a month for $15, use checkout code, “HilariaBaldwin” –

Yoga with Adriene offers free online yoga and she even has a kid’s yoga class

Cosmic Kids is a great resource of free online yoga and mindfulness classes for kids

 


Masterclass

Use this time to learn a new craft!  Masterclass has 82+ courses on subjects taught by world class instructors on topics like business, home design, culinary arts, writing, music, photography, and fashion.

Classes are taught by the ultimate experts in these fields.  Learn about photography from Annie Lebovitz, cooking from Gordon Ramsay, the art of makeup from Bobbi Brown, scientific thinking and communication from Neil DeGrasse-Tyson, or business leadership from Howard Shultz, to name a few. 

The annual subscription to access all the classes is $180, and they are offering a Buy One, Get one Free deal now so share it with a friend and each pay $90! 
Check it out here: https://www.masterclass.com/ 

 


DIY Home Projects

De-cluttering, organizing and creating new spaces in your home or backyard always brings a sense of accomplishment and gives your home life and energy, and you something to do! 

Easy Home Updates You Can Do Now
https://coloradolandmarkblog.com/easy-home-updates-you-can-do-now/

Family Arts and Crafts Ideas to Keep Little Hands Busy
https://coloradolandmarkblog.com/family-arts-craft-ideas-to-keep-little-hands-busy

DIY Network offers a great article on 17 ways to get instant curb appeal for less than $100!

Real Simple offers  10 Fun, Quarantine Hobbies to Try Right Now 

 


Support Local Businesses!

In Downtown Boulder, over 70% of our businesses are locally owned and operated. Many of the employees who work at these businesses are our family, friends and neighbors. This is our time to come together as a community and help.

 


Protect Your Mental Health

Having to make significant changes to our everyday lives in the face of uncertainty and adversity can be overwhelming and stressful. As life continues to change, it’s important that we show ourselves compassion through this process. Here are some ideas to help protect your mental health during this time of crisis. 

Here are 6 Ideas from CU Boulder:

6 Ways to Protect Your Mental Health During A Crisis 

14-Day Plan to Help Manage Coronavirus Stress: 

Two Week Stress Less Plan

The Scientific Reasons Showing Kindness Helps Ease Anxiety: 

realsimple.com/health/mind-mood/kindness-helps-anxiety

Online Happiness Class from Yale University: 

realsimple.com/syndication/yale-university-happiness-class-now

 


 

Easy Home Updates You Can Do Now


Being stuck at home can be overwhelming at times but look on the bright (or maybe dusty!) side – now maybe you have time to get a jump start on spring cleaning.  Here are some easy, affordable updates to keep you and your family busy and help your home look its best.

 

Whether you are thinking about selling, or simply want to clean up and simplify your life, the #1 to-do on many people’s list is de-cluttering. This can be time consuming if you have many different items to sort through, so it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle the more daunting tasks. Here are some great tips from tidying expert Marie Kondo, to help keep you motivated and spark some joy in cleaning!

https://www.insider.com/tidying-up-with-marie-kondo-organizing-tips-2019-1#stay-committed-to-the-process-and-know-that-theres-an-end-1

Is there a room in your house that could use a fresh coat of paint to liven it up? It’s amazing what changing the color of a space can do for the feel of it! Even adding an accent or two is an inexpensive way to change a room and make it more open and spacious. Bringing more energy into an area makes everyone happier and helps with the flow of the environment. Here are some fun painting ideas to get you started: 

https://www.familyhandyman.com/painting/13-great-paint-ideas-for-your-living-room/

Now that we are starting to see some warmer weather and sunny days, it’s time to start thinking about your garden and cleaning up the landscaping for the summer! Trimming up dead bushes and shrubs helps make sure the new growth can reach the sun and get big and strong. There are tons of things you can do to get your equipment ready as well as your yard, for the long summer ahead. Here are ten early spring yard maintenance tips from the Farmers Almanac to keep you on track:

https://www.almanac.com/content/10-tips-maintaining-beautiful-yard


Cleaning and disinfecting is at the top of everyone’s list right now, with trying to keep the spread of germs down and help everyone stay healthy. A clean home is where it starts so here are 20 Genius Cleaning Hacks for a Tidy Home in No Time!

https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/tips/cleaning-hacks/

Want some more great ideas on how to stay busy making home improvements while your spending more time there? Here’s a great list of ideas from Better Homes & Gardens if you need some more inspiration!

https://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/remodeling/budget-remodels/weekend-home-projects/?slide=slide_21b112de-9100-4fb6-9843-dec4bcfeb40b#slide_21b112de-9100-4fb6-9843-dec4bcfeb40b