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Nov 30

What is the best virtue for finding Boise new homes for sale?

Patience. Take your time. Find the right community. Find the right floorplan. Find the right builder.

Nov 24

Is Bidding Good for Consumers?

Although it may appear advantageous, a client's request for multiple bids on their new custom home or remodel is not always in their best interest. It makes sense at first, but there are some compelling reasons why a potential client should resist the temptation to create this competition.

Nov 23

Best Lighting Prices in Boise

Benjamin Street Home Decor Store got a truckload of lights at less than wholesale prices. If you need lights for you home come check out these deals. They are also higher end lights.

Nov 23

Recovery Through Retrofit' Can Allow Green Builders to Shine, NAHB Says

This is an update to my blog ?Home Remodels, Retrofits Are Key To An Energy-Efficient Future,? in which I noted that the greatest energy savings can be achieved by making changes to existing housing, particularly homes built before 1990.

Nov 22

Cabinetry Quality

Make sure you are comparing apples to apples....Learn more about Idaho Cabinet makers and what to look for in qulaity.

Nov 21

Builder Standard Amenities

Not long ago granite became a standard amenity in all homes, today I found a home where the media controller is standard, media meaning a panel in walls throughout the house to control sound and more.

Nov 20

Idaho Remodeler Awards

On November 13th the NARI of Idaho, held their annual awards banquet to recognize those in the remodeling industry that have served with excellence. Awards included recognition of suppliers/vendors, trade contractors and remodelers.

Nov 20

North end home certified Platnum USGBC LEED for Homes

Way cool Just got fomral word North end home12th and Heron just awarded LEED Platnum by the USGBC. this was a great example of a Green home in Boise's North End neighborhood. you might think platnum level is hard but not so..

Nov 20

Building Cost Increase!

Building Costs have bottomed for the forseeable future. Talking to framers they have raised numbers up so they can at least put some food on the table. They are still working for wages basically but prices have gone up .15 to .50 cents per foot. Material prices continue to rise. 7/16 OSB was as low as $5.90 a sheet this summer today Random Length Print is 215/m Portland meaning COST into Boise is over $7 a sheet. My guess wholesale costs will top $8 a sheet by the end of the year. Lumber is in the same boat. A 15% to 20% increase in comodity framing cost is not out of the question over the next couple of months. Stay tuned this could get ugly. Material price have been close or at record lows (lower than wood costs 30 years ago) and mills can not afford to keep loosing money. The market has changed from a (weak) Demand driven market driving prices down to a (short) Supply driven market where enough mills have closed or don't have the raw materials to produce product profitably

Nov 20

Think Twice Before Paying With Plastic

Have you received the letter from your credit card issuer telling you about the double-digit increase in your interest rate yet?

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