Have amazing rental property !

2Last time, we discussed three good ways to spruce up your rental home or apartment.  Here we go again!  This time, three different great ideas to make your rental property stand out with the renters out there!

Number one, tile that entryway!

After you have replaced your entry door and perhaps its hardware,  what about tiling the entryway floor?  It is the next thing the hopeful renters will see when they enter the space, and especially now, with Spring on its way with rain and mud on everyones feet, consider tiling at least a small area in the entry.  It  helps the rental flooring by giving visitors a “staging area” for leaving wet or muddy shoes or boots.  In addition, adding some decorative tile will add tons of character to your rental, character that other rentals lack.  This, in turn, will make your property stand apart from others the renter may be considering.

Number two, paint the trim!

Sometimes, if you have updated the interior paint recently, all you need to do to make it look bright and new again is to paint the trim.  It is amazing what a coat of contrasting but harmonizing trim paint will do to refresh your property.  Also, paint colors go in and out of favor and you want your paint color to reflect a current trend.  However, remember, you want your space to appeal to a wide variety of potential tenants, so don’t go too crazy with either wall color or trim color!

Number three, what about a new mailbox?

How does that mailbox on your rental home look these days?  Has it seen its share of use, is it looking tired?  Well, if that is the case, replace it!  Mailboxes are readily available, come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, are inexpensive, and will make an immediate statement to potential tenants.   Again, choose one that compliments your rental home and will be appealing to anyone.

In conclusion, use the easy inexpensive tips and get that rental rented!

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Great Spring rental ideas

door1Well, it looks like Spring is finally making an appearance here and people are finally going outside and moving around.  They will be looking for homes and apartments to rent. The last time you  updated  your rental property was when?  Use these three tips for easy cost-effective updates that will bring you a great return!

One: Install a new outside door

The first thing a potential renter will see about your property is the front door.  The first impression will not be great if the door looks old and worn out.  To change the front door is easy, inexpensive, and a great way to make your property more appealing to renters.  Also,  you can easily replace the door hardware if it is worn out.  Remember, the color and style that you choose will say volumes about what is inside.  Choose the right color and hardware and your rental will really stand out at first look.

Second, paint that interior!

When was the last time that you painted the interior of your rental ?  If it’s been a few years, it is a wonder what a fresh coat of paint will do to spruce up your rental and give the space a new feel.  We have discussed paint colors in the past, but new fresh paint gives an excellent financial return.

Third, that shower curtain!

When did you replace that shower curtain in your rental home last?   Don’t remember?  not good. Does it match the bathroom paint?  Is it clean and fresh?  If the answer to any of these questions is no, you need to replace the shower curtain.  Shower curtains are very affordable.  In addition, they come in an endless variety of colors and styles, are easy to install and will make a world of difference to the appearance of your bathroom.

In conclusion, it’s time to do those small inexpensive updates that will make your rental  the one to love!


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Spring vegetable garden time is here!

vWe thought it would never come, and maybe it still won’t, but we are hoping that Spring will eventually arrive.  When it does, we want you to be ready to garden!

What grows in Coeur d’Alene anyway?

Well, according to the USDA,  Coeur d’Alene is zone 6.  This means that we can grow plants that can stand temperatures down to -10 or so.  With that in mind, what does that really mean?

Start plants indoors!

There are some types of hardy vegetables that can stand up to the uncertain weather that we all know as Spring.  Among these are, spinach, peas, lettuce, and the cauliflower family.  Tomatoes and  peppers love hot days and warm nights, and really need to be started inside where the temperature is more moderate and there is no threat of freezing.  You can start them either by seed or by seedling.  Usually, these can be purchased at the local nursery or at the home hardware outlet such as Home Depot or Lowes.  To start them, you will need some sort of pot, soil, and either seeds or seedlings.  Add sunlight and some water, and by the time the weather becomes more stable, you should be well on your way to Summer produce.

Usually by May, again according to the USDA, the threat of frost should be over.  It will be safe to transplant those vegetables outside.  If you have doubts about the threat of frost being a thing of the past, there is a formula that you can download from our now good buddy authority, the USDA to calculate the last frost date.   https://www.usda.gov/

If you are skeptical of the government’s ability to accurately calculate the last frost date, another resource is available.  The “Old Farmer’s Almanac” publishes such information as well.  Take your pick!  http://www.almanac.com

Either way, now is a great time to plan and start your vegetable garden, so get going!


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Spring clean that living room!

curtainJust in case Spring does arrive, we want you to be ready.  That means you had probably better think about Spring cleaning your home.  You have kept up with the vacuuming and dusting.  You have done laundry every Monday.  Good for you!  Now it is time to clean that living room!

Your living room

All Winter, you have been living in your living room.  You have been keeping warm by the wood stove or fireplace.  Or, you have been watching the snow from there.  You have spent hours and hours wishing you were outside.  Playing golf, planting the garden, taking a sunbath.  Whatever you have been longing for or  dreaming about, you have probably been doing it in the living room. Therefore, it is time for you to clean that most-used area.  First, those curtains!

Clean your curtains!

While we don’t know how you see your curtains, we don’t think about the dust that lands on them.  You would think that dust only lands on horizontal surfaces, but it lands everywhere.  As a result,  you will be amazed at how dirty they were once you have cleaned them.

Find that pesky tag on your curtains, the one that tells you NEVER to remove it.  It should have cleaning and drying instructions.   You may get away with just vacuuming them really well. They may only need  steaming.  Assuming that you stayed away from those expensive “dry clean only” drapes, you may be able to wash them in your washing machine.  After washing, you can hang them back up.  Or, you can touch them up with your iron when they are dried if needed.  The iron, you know, that silver metal device your Grandmother used to straighten her hair back in the day?  Well, never mind, on we go…

Just these few tips will make a surprising difference in the appearance of your home, and may even inspire you to tackle the rest of your living room!

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Let’s clean up our Winter wardrobe!

closetWe thought we were headed  into the rain/mud season and away from Winter.  Really, we  just got more Winter.  Lots more Winter.  Instead of moping because Spring will NEVER come, let’s try to think of happier things.  Things like flowers, sunshine, clear skies, Spring cleaning!  Spring cleaning your Winter wardrobe!   While this might not be high on your list of happy things to think of, since the weather is still Winter-like, we may as well find inside projects to occupy our time until Spring actually arrives and stays.

Your closet is where to start

Therefore, a good place to start your Spring cleaning is in your closet.  First of all, it is just about time to put away your warm sweaters, snow boots, and funny knit hats.  While you have them clean and ready to hide away for another Spring and Summer, it is an excellent time to make some decisions about your Winter wardrobe. If something is worn-out, or doesn’t fit quite right, let it go.   Maybe it needs more mending than you are equal to attempting.  Just because your favorite sweats are comfy, it might be time to replace them with some sweats that still have functional elastic in the waist.  If you no longer have a use for it, let it go!  https://www.bustle.com/…/138032-9-tips-for-cleaning-out-your-closet-organizing-yo..

On that note,

Ok, that takes care of the Winter wardrobe. You are going to need to bring  your Spring and Summer things out.  What a wonderful time to re-think your Spring and Summer selections! Even those  sentimental favorites that you never wear but hold on to should go. This might be JUST the right time to bid a fond farewell to them.  You can do it!  Furthermore, we make space in our wardrobe by getting rid of old used-up clothes.  That in turn,  makes room in the closet for new and exciting options.   Who doesn’t like new clothes?

Let’s get busy and out with the old, and in with the new!

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