Is Your Home Watertight? 9 Tips for Preventing Water Damage

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“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” –Lao Tzu

As nature shows us—in the dramatically formed glacial valleys and deeply carved canyons throughout the world—water carries with it life, beauty, and renewal; but also a strength more powerful than stone.

And anyone who has experienced losses to home or property due to water damage will agree: H20 is a force to be reckoned with, due to the severity of and the expenses related to such a loss.

In addition to the water damage itself, even a tiny leak means water bill spikes (a single faucet that drips once per minute wastes up to 34 gallons per year, according to the U.S. Geological Survey), and potential for dangerous mold growth.

And this is a common problem. According to some estimates, 98 percent of basements in the U.S. will suffer from some type of water damage during their lifetime. (See infographic below.)

The Insurance Information Institute also cites “water damage and freezing” as the third most common cause of homeowner loss/property damage in the U.S. during a five-year period from 2009 to 2013, and claims related to “water damage and freezing” were the second most frequent to be filed with insurance companies.

Unfortunately, however, many standard home insurance (also called fire insurance) policies don’t provide coverage for damage caused by water-related events (flooding, overflowing sewer lines, etc.).* While the Treasure Valley rarely experiences widespread flooding, even localized water losses (pipe bursts, leaks, etc.) are often not covered. And flood insurance policies are often very expensive. So what’s a homeowner to do?

For starters, many types of water damage are preventable. We recommend taking the following steps to protect your home and property.

Watertight to-dos:

  • Keep an eye on your water bill. Sudden increases may indicate a water leak.
  • Seal foundation cracks.
  • Check coal shoots (in older homes) for standing water.
  • Caulk around tubs, sinks, and linoleum on bathroom and kitchen floors.
  • Put a pan under your hot water heater and outlet pipe.
  • Consider purchasing a water alarm, which is designed to detect leaks before costly water damage occurs.
  • Check the water supply line to your refrigerator for leaks. (This is a very common cause of water damage, as these leaks often go undetected for days, weeks, or longer.)
  • Consider turning off your water before going on vacation.
  • Check under your sinks regularly, running water for several minutes into each drain, then feeling the pipes beneath sinks for leaks.

*Note: We recommend contacting your licensed insurance agent to see a standard exclusion, such as flooding and infiltration due to rain/weather or even overflowing sewer lines.

Image courtesy of waterdamagedefense.com

Sincerely,

Your local Boise real estate resources

My Favorite Places in Boise

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Eight Reasons I love Boise, Idaho

Evidenced in part by the pride people take in living in Boise, Idaho, this place has a lot to offer. The reasons for loving Idaho and being a Boisean are many, but today I’m sharing a few of mine.

The Foothills & Camel’s Back Park is one of my favorites. My daughter’s too – she had her birthday party at the picnic area near the park. I also appreciate  its proximity to the open spaces and foothills and trails that connect us to Bogus Basin, and beyond. Right now, the city is accepting commentary on your preferences for these lands, which it controls. http://parks.cityofboise.org/open-space-matters/

Local Food & Coffee.  True foodies might disagree with me here, especially when comparing Boise to the larger and more culinary cunning cities or the coffee culture of Portland and Seattle . . . and they have a point. We don’t have pizza like Chicago,  the ethnic diversity of New York or the beans of Portland. That said our city has a strong commitment to supporting local restaurants, particularly those who in turn support our local farmers, growers and ranchers with conscientious practices.
See my blog on my favorite restaurants to compare tastes, or comment on it to share yours!

Rivers.  The Boise River is my favorite, due to its proximity to my house and kid-friendly flows, however the Payette River system offers world-class whitewater and rapids of all levels, and I can’t imagine a Boise without this resource.

Bicycle Culture. I love it that the bike you drive is more of a material status symbol than your car. Then again, in a city that prioritizes the most practical rigs, like pick-ups and Subarus, it’s way more difficult to differentiate yourself by vehicle alone.

Green Belt. Many cities have one and every city should. When you need to “Take a Walk,” it’s where to go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZX6Q-Bj_xg

Location The Northwest has so much to offer. Boise has long-weekend access to Portland, the Oregon coast, Seattle, Yellowstone, Montana, Sun Valley, Stanley, Jackson Hole, Utah, Tahoe, etc.

Ski Hills. With Bogus Basin being half an hour door-to-door from my house, it was hardly surprising to find myself with a kid in love with skiing since being in the front pouch at 6 months old. It’s fully feasible to go after work  in addition to weekends.  For a longer journey, Brundage Mountain in McCall has great skiing and Targhee in Driggs has epic conditions comparable to Utah.

The Number One Thing To Love About Boise, Idaho is . . . Hands down, the people are the best thing about this valley. They make eye contact and return smiles; drive less competitively than everywhere else; and have the friendly, laid-back inspirations of the rural life that surrounds and once was this area. They treat their dogs like family members and bring them along more often than not. I like to remind those who move here to take a look at the culture as it is and try to adapt to it, if it’s part of the reason they were drawn to this special place. (Even if the slower driving drives them crazy).

No RSVP Required. Whether you’ve moved to Boise to retire, work, recreate or escape, or if you are considering a move, don’t worry about the social graces of RSVPing to our city, or the first invitation you receive here. Just show up here, with your pets, and find yourself welcome. You may also want to note that we’ll probably do the same for any parties you may throw (fair warning- Boise is simply not an RSVPing city).

If you’d prefer to be welcomed to Boise, Idaho with a home to call your own, I can help with that. Don’t hesitate to give me a call or email and together we’ll find exactly what you need. When you’re ready for a second home McCall, let me know that too. We have a favorite agent there who we can refer you to.

Sincerely,

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

 

Shana Foster Moore,

Your local Boise Real Estate Resource

 

 

My Boise Bucket List

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20 Things All Boiseans Should Try at Least Once

Boise State Public Radio recently published the Idaho Bucket List: The 75 Things All Idahoans Should Try (At Least Once). Wow, I’ve got a lot to do! But, it got me thinking about my own bucket list nearer to home – what are the things that I love and want to do in and around Boise?

Sometimes, when we live in a place for a long time, we get into our everyday routine and forget to appreciate what’s around us and experience new things. Boise and surrounding areas offer so many fun and unique opportunities, so here’s a list to get you started:

  1. Sit at the classic counter at Moon’s Kitchen and enjoy a hearty breakfast and one of their delicious milkshakes. Image from newmoonskitchen.com

    Breakfast at Moon’s Cafe, followed by a stroll through the Farmer’s Market.

  2. Volunteer at one of the community gardens.
  3. Stand up paddle boarding at Quinn’s Pond.
  4. Lunch at Chang Mai.
  5. Dinner and freshly brewed beer at Highland’s Hollow (We walked about 1.5 miles from our house in a snow storm one evening!)
  6. Riding bikes downtown.
  7. Mountain bike or take a hike in the foothills.
  8. Find your favorite water hole on the Boise River for summer relaxation – mine is near Veterans Memorial Park.
  9. Picnic on the hillside behind the Botanical Gardens while listening to an outdoor concert at Outlaw Field or hit their Great Garden Escape Concert series.
  10. Get a great view of Boise from the numerous foothill trails. Photo courtesy of Boise Guest House. (Boise Guest House is a great place to stay for visiting family and friends!)

    Be a kid again at Boise Jump Time.

  11. Movie and wine at the Flicks Theatre.
  12. Tuesday afternoon movie at the dollar theater (less than $5 gets you in with a drink and a popcorn), followed by gourmet pizza buffet at Flying Pie – kids under 5 are free that night!
  13. Go digging for deals at local thrift stores.
  14. Try women’s hockey at Ice World (there’s intro clinic sign-ups for women and men right now).
  15. Tour de coop – a great way to see people’s urban chicken coops.
  16. Depending on the season – head up to Bogus Basin, or down the Payette river.
  17. Wax and Beer at Sockeye Brewery – $10 gets you a fresh coat of wax and a FREE pint of Sockeye, benefitting the Bogus Ski Patrol.
  18. Eat a gooey, freshly baked Cinnamon roll from Boise’s Bakery, locally owned by master baker, 14 year old Isabelle.
  19. Tuesday Night at the Jordan Street Garden – meet the farmers, neighbors, and see how this community garden is flooded once a week.
  20. Go ice blocking down Simplot hill.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will join me in trying all-things local and fostering the finest things our Boise community has to offer.

Sincerely,
Providing you real estate market trends
ShanaFosterMoore@gmail.com
Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional

30th Street Extension to Affect Local Boise Real Estate

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Whitewater Park Blvd Opening in Boise

After years in discussion and months in construction, the 30th Street Extension construction project is celebrating a Milestone.

Idaho River Sports, ACHD and the City of Boise are planning a ribbon cutting and reception for the opening of the new Whitewater Park Boulevard on October 24, 2013 at 10 am.

The project will change the traffic flow and is partnered with other value-adding projects in the immediate area south of State Street and West of 27th Street, in the Veterans Park Neighborhood. We have already seen some impact on local real estate and home values in the area.  I expect and hope to see home values continue to climb in this local Boise community that I call home.

Boise Mayor David Bieter and ACHD Commission President Sara Baker will attend the grand opening and speak about the project and future plans for the Whitewater Park Boulevard area.

Location of Ceremony:

Idaho River Sports
601 N. Whitewater Park Boulevard
(formerly 3100 W. Pleasanton Ave.)
Boise, Idaho 83702

Boise’s Whitewater Park

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Boise and the Boise River Park was included in Outside Magazine’s list of Best River Towns three months after its grand opening.

One reason I love Boise is its easy access to exceptional outdoor recreation, including miles and miles beautiful rivers. Idaho serves as a destination for outdoor and whitewater enthusiasts from around the world. Have you checked out the newest destination right in the heart of Boise?

After 12 years of hard work, we have a whitewater park!

The Boise River Recreation Park is attracting droves of kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders (SUP), boogie-boarders and onlookers.

The new park is located along Boise’s beautiful Greenbelt across from Quinns Pond and near Idaho River Sports and Corridor Paddle Boards. It includes a lovely overlook, benches, and a natural-looking seating area made of boulders to accommodate spectators and passersby. Complete with two adjustable “Waveshapers,” it is a drastic improvement over the former industrial area that had marred this stretch of the Boise River.

Jaime Goode, client and friend, lives up to her last name at the new whitewater park.

And things will only get better! The second phase (of three) will develop the new Esther Simplot Park along the downstream riverfront that will include parking lots, picnic areas and restrooms, and the third phase will add more in-river features. When finished, the River Park will revitalize and improve a quarter-mile stretch of the Boise River and adjacent lands by:

Stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons with the girls (above). Lessons are offered on Quinns Pond by Corridor Paddle Boards, Idaho River Sports and Alpenglow.

  • Improving access to the river and adjacent pond for multiple uses such as fishing, swimming, whitewater boating and stand-up paddleboarding;
  • Enhancing riparian area and instream habitat for fish and birds;
  • Creating a place for families and friends to spend time, have a picnic and enjoy the outdoors;
  • Providing educational opportunities for schools, camps and local organizations; and
  • Increasing property values and invigorating the local economy.

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) as enjoyed by yoga instructors. SUP yoga and fitness courses are available through Idaho River Sports.

As a real estate agent and outdoor enthusiast I am thrilled by the improvements and opportunities that this project is providing to the local community. As with any project of this magnitude, it took a long time and a lot of effort – and was only successful due to the participation of the community, local political support, and a generous grant from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. Numerous individuals and other foundations also donated to the effort. For more information, contributions or a real-time look at the wave cam, aka “kayaker TV,” visit the Boise River Park website.

Sincerely,

 

ShanaFosterMoore@gmail.com
Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional