$142,900  Boise, Idaho
Fantastic location-close to BSU, shopping, downtown and I-84. This 3 bedroom home boasts 2 full baths, a bonus room, outside patio and plenty of parking. Ideal for students or a family that want a convenient location and room to move. There aren't many homes in this area on the market with this functional floor plan and size-come take a look!
Call Cori Duncan 208-861-1663

$308,900  Meridian, Idaho
Jaw dropping, cool and contemporary home that backs to a community park and nearby pool. Chef’s dream kitchen with upgraded SS appliances and large center island. Gorgeous hardwood floors, quartz countertops, and amazing tile work. Custom entryway with lighted art niches leads to a dramatic great room with soaring ceilings and custom FP. Guest bedroom with full bath downstairs has its own exterior entrance. Enjoy the large, covered patio, professionally landscaped yard and all the upgrades this home has to
Call Kelly McCune 208-914-5724
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Eagle Idaho is a desireable, upscale community nestled along the base of the Boise foothills. Eagle offers high-end, quality-crafted homes, fine dining, boutique shopping and a friendly community. The Boise river meanders through Eagle and you'll often find folks walking the greenbelt or enjoying a peaceful picnic along the banks. Eagle offers convenient access to the entire Treasure Valley and provides direct routes to northern ski areas, foothills hiking, river rafting and other fun Idaho outdoor activities. If you prefer newer construction homes in an upscale market then Eagle is the place for you. Pictured above is Rembrandt’s Coffee House in Eagle’s quaint downtown area.
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North Boise is one of the most sought after communities in the Boise area. Affectionately referred to as The North End, here you will find classic architecture and character in the turn of the century and early 1900's era homes. Many homes in The North End have been fully restored to their original condition with a complementary touch of modern conveniences. If you enjoy tree-lined streets, patio-dining at corner restaurants and quiet and peaceful neighborhoods then be certain to see a few Boise homes in this area during your visit. Pictured above is Boise’s historic Harrison Boulevard which runs from Boise’s thriving downtown through the heart of The North End.

$143,500  Payette, Idaho
Spacious, remodeled home in great downtown Payette location. Large lot with plenty of room for toys! Interior remodel includes, new cabinets,counter tops, carpet, laminate hardwood flooring, paint, Stainless steel appliances, not to mention a new HVAC system. HUGE master suite, that includes an impressive master bath with a soaker tub, and large closet. Beautifully done large kitchen, with great cabinet space! Easy access to shopping, schools, and work!
Call Casey Anderson 208-863-3870

$349,900  Meridian, Idaho
Gorgeous, custom built residence nestled in premier location – Woodbridge. The main level lives grand with tall ceilings, large windows, & upgraded finishes. Hardwood floors add warmth to the interior spanning from the entry throughout most of the main level. The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s delight w/ double ovens, SS appliances, double sinks, gas burners, granite counters, & beautiful cherry cabinets. The oversized, main level master bedroom is an oasis. Enjoy tranquil time by the gas fireplace.
Call Tamara White 208-859-9505

$179,000  Boise, Idaho
Centrally located-close to freeway, schools, and more! This 5 bedroom 3 bath 2500sf brick home has , nice sized 2 car garage with shelving/storage, full basement, two fireplaces, hardwood floors throughout main level, remodeled kitchen with maple cabinets, newer appliances, tile in main and master baths, mature landscaping, RV Parking, garden space, shed. Walk to schools and shopping and just about anything.
Call Kevin McLaughlin 208-850-9091

$251,900  Boise, Idaho
Enjoy the foothills views from this gorgeous 4 bed, 2.5 bath home in a quiet SE Boise neighborhood. Open floorplan is great for entertaining with a roomy kitchen that has been updated with granite counter tops and new stainless appliances. Master Suite on the main level with huge walk-in closet and soaking tub. Also features a large garage with tons of storage, new flooring and paint throughout home, bonus room, covered balcony, and low maintenance landscaping. Close to Micron, Lucky Peak, & Bowns Crossing
Call Jessica D'Orazi 208-610-2110

$199,000  Boise, Idaho
Stunning 4 bed 2.5 bath home that feels brand new, only 2 years young. This home has a gorgeous master and laundry on the main level. Beautiful spacious open kitchen with dark cabinets, huge center island and plenty of counter space. Additional room on the main floor that can be a 4th bedroom or office or anything. 2 bedrooms upstairs with a large loft/bonus space that could be a movie room, play room or office. Don't miss out on this beautiful but affordable home.
Call Kevin McLaughlin 208-850-9091

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January 16, 2015

Relocating across country can be adventurous, exciting, and stressful all at the same time. Current statistics show that the average American relocates four times during his or her career. Managing the dynamics of the cross-country move can be complex.

Many people have a plan to address the details of selling their house, buying a new one, and making the trip to their new home. Most, however, do not realize that packing their belongings is more involved than they anticipated. Packing up involves sorting, cleaning, and the laborious act of wrapping your precious items and boxing them up for transport.

There are so many questions to consider when packing your things. Will you do it yourself? Will you utilize a moving company to pack and transport it all? Some people mistakenly think that if they pay someone to come do it for them, there isn’t anything for them to do but allow the packers in and let them do their thing. The truth is, even when you have professional movers, there is still a lot to do before they arrive.

Moving is also a great opportunity for sorting through your personal belongings. We are all surprised at what we accumulate over the years. But sorting takes time. If you wait until the week before the movers come to start sorting, you’ll most likely unpack things in your new home and ask yourself why you paid to have that transported across the country.

Organization is key, and starting early is crucial. I’ve moved several times across the country and internationally. I’ve learned a few things along the way so here are 10 tips for you to consider when relocating.

1. Ask for Help – This can be a good idea. But before you place that blanket invitation for help, determine who knows how to pack. I’ve seen how some people pack, and I can tell you they would not be ones I would ask to pack my things, especially the breakable items. People have great intentions want to help, which is appreciated, but if they don’t know how to wrap those breakable items and pack them carefully, then ask them to help with other tasks. They can help with the items to be donated, help with cleaning or run errands for you. Be careful to delegate the right responsibilities to the appropriate people.

2. Start a packing timeline – Organize your schedule so you’re not frantically packing last minute. You make poor decisions then, and it’s just too stressful for those around you! You might want to schedule two or more days to pack each room. That may sound like too much time for one room, but remember, you will need to sort through all those drawers full of items. Categories for your sorting will include: Toss, Sell, Donate, and Pack. Then your pack category will have sub-categories: Hold, Open First and General.

a. Keep a “Hold” box – Over zealous helpers might pack items you will need until you leave your home. I recently arrived in the morning to help a friend pack, only to find her frantically looking for medicine she took daily. We never found it. It probably got packed. She’ll find it eventually when they unpack. But she had to take precious time to get another prescription and pick it up to get her through the remaining weeks. To avoid this from happening, designate a box or two for those must-have items such as packing tape, pens, markers, scissors, paper, important documents, medicines, toiletries, and anything you’ll need until the minute you leave home. This will prevent having to buy new stuff every time you pack away or lose things you need.

b. Keep an “Open First” box – These are items you’ll need (or want) to have right when you get to your new home. You might consider things like: coffee maker (and coffee, creamer, and sugar), paper plates and plastic cups and utensils, a roll of toilet paper for each bathroom, bath and kitchen towels, a picture hanging kit, and a small toolbox with a screwdriver, hammer, pliers.

3. Hoard packing materials – In the midst of packing, some people are forever stopping to make runs to the store to buy extra tape, boxes or packing materials. It gets expensive this way because you’re in a hurry and you grab what’s available. So, start early and ask the grocery stores for boxes. Ask your friends if they have any extras from their previous moves. Check Craigslist for moving boxes people are getting rid of. Collect newspapers for several weeks to help wrap breakable items. Accumulating these supplies early on will save you time, money and last minute stressful trips to the store.

If you’re willing to splurge, you might decide to buy boxes from shipping and packing stores, or your local home-improvement store. The benefit to buying boxes is that they’ll all be a standard size, which makes them easier to stack and load.

4. Pack strategically - Don’t start packing without a strategic plan. One of the most efficient ways to pack your belongings is to methodically move from room-to-room. Some of the time you’ll want to wedge a book from another room into that box that has just a little extra space. (It’s always a good idea to pack boxes snugly. You don’t want to be able to shake a box and hear things move.) There are situations where you may want to mix contents from room to room, but it makes keeping track of things more difficult. One thing I do recommend is that you gather your sheets, pillows, blankets and soft items in one place. These can be used to cushion fragile things. This is save you some money by reducing the amount of packing materials you buy. Be sure to set aside bedsheets and the minimal number of pillows for their own box so you have them ready to go as soon as you move in. If you have room, include these items in your “Open First” box.

5. Label all boxes – Unmarked boxes are no fun when unpacking, but there are so many ways to keep track of your stuff and label it informatively that it can be hard to find the best system. The most common method involves a black marker and room names on your boxes. Space to write can be a problem, especially when it comes to smaller boxes. But this tends to be the most common method and it works, if you’re diligent and thorough. Don’t just label the box “kitchen items” but itemize what’s in each box. The more detailed you are, the easier it will be when you do your unpacking. You might consider utilizing the “manifest” technique. When we were moving out of the country we had to pack large shipping containers. As one person put an item into the container, another person recorded it. For example: Container #1: Green everyday dishes, beige tablecloth, wall clock, etc. You can do this with your boxes. It will make it so much easier on the other end. Making a list on the computer will allow you the ability to do a “search” for that hard to find item. You can’t do that with handwritten notes on a box. Try to avoid the technique that often comes at the end of the packing experience where things are thrown into boxes and labeled “miscellaneous.” This will not be helpful because you’ll have no idea what’s in that box without opening it.

a. Label by room. Clearly label each box based on the room from which it was packed. This way, when you unload boxes into your new house, you know which room you should deposit each box into. Take pictures of all valuables. Preferably videotape your home prior to the movers showing up. This will help with claims later.

b. Label by weight. What most people don't consider when moving a box is actually moving it. A box is a very basic object that doesn't tell you much about itself just by looking at it. You don't know which side ought to be upright or how much it weighs. When physically moving the boxes from one place to another, weight and orientation are important. You don't want to place a heavy box on top of a light one. Labeling your boxes with relative weight (light, medium and heavy) will make each trip to and from the truck a lot easier. Don’t forget to draw an arrow to keep the boxes right side up.

6. Clean as you go – After packing everything in each room, give it a nice cleaning. This is why you schedule two or more days to pack each room. It feels good to pass by rooms that are not only packed – but are clean and orderly.

7. Ditch the junk – This is where the boxes labeled “Sell” or “Donate” come in. Moving is a great chance to clear out the stuff that finds a way to accumulate over the years. Sell anything that’s in good condition, and make donations to the thrift store of those other items. Be sure to get a donation receipt because that will come in handy when tax time rolls around.

8. Weigh the Cost differences – Maybe you’re considering selling a lot of your things instead of spending the money to move them. You should consider the cost difference between selling your things and hiring a moving truck to haul them versus the cost of buying new to replace those items when you get to your new home. What you discover may surprise you. And by all means, weigh the sacrifice of special items because of the expense of transporting. Sometimes it’s worth spending a little extra to transport that special item that holds memories.

9. Pack it yourself – You may be using professional packers, but I recommend packing that family heirloom and other valuables yourself and take them in your car with your suitcases. I’ve heard too many sad stories of valuable items arriving broken or damaged. Yes, the moving company can compensate you for the loss, but they cannot replace the memories represented by it.

10. Enjoy the journey. Don’t lose sight of the excitement and adventure of the move. Get your rest. Moving is emotional. Saying goodbye to friends and starting new is exciting but exhausting. If you’re well rested, the transition will be more enjoyable and full of happy memories.

Connie Shepson

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