Moving To Boise: 15 Helpful Moving Tips

Planning on moving to Boise?

Here are 15 tips that could help make your move easier:

  1. Get an ample supply of moving boxes.
  2. Get a Sharpie and mark boxes with their destination rooms (label all boxes!)
  3. Get an ample supply of packing tape.
  4. Get an ample supply of plain newsprint paper (for packing breakable items).
  5. Bring a few baggies of prepared meals for your pets.
  6. Bring a shower curtain.
  7. Bring some plastic silverware paper plates, and a roll of paper towels.
  8. Bring some frequently-used toiletries and sundries (soap, toilet paper, tissues, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, contact solution, etc.)
  9. Bring some towels.
  10. Bring some liquid dish soap and a sponge.
  11. Bring a doormat to cut down on dirt while moving in.
  12. Bring a cooler with ice and some water and soft drinks.
  13. Bring some trail mix and energy bars.
  14. Bring some large/high quality garbage bags to dispose of trash and packing materials.
  15. Bring your cell phone charger.


How I List Every Home In The Boise MLS

I’m often asked, by visitors to this site, about “my listings” they have seen using the MLS search function on this blog.

It would be nice if I could be the listing agent for all of the listings in the Boise MLS, but I’m not.

What you’re seeing is the result of something called IDX ~ internet data exchange.

IDX allows agents to display all of the listings in MLS on their respective sites with their own contact information.

If you look at the bottom of each listing, you will see a line that says “Courtesy of XYZ Realty”.

IDX allows consumers to view all listings that meet their criteria, then contact the agent whose site they are viewing for additional information.

While convenient, this practice is also confusing for many consumers.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to explain that I’m not the listing agent for every listing that someone has seen on this blog.

But, I can still answer your questions about every listing in MLS because I have full access to Boise MLS data, including information that isn’t displayed to the public.

Do you have questions about listings you’ve seen online?

Give me a call at (208)938-5533 or e-mail me and I will be happy to answer your questions.


Do NOT Buy A Home On The Internet – Part II

(Part II of a two-part post)

By now, you should realize that you can’t determine the condition or surroundings of a property by looking at pictures.

And, you need to get answers for questions like these:

  • Has it had water damage?
  • Is it in a flood zone?
  • Has it been remediated for mold?
  • Is it under the airport flight pattern?
  • Is it next to high-tension electrical lines?
  • Is it next door to a planned industrial park?

Most MLS listings are embellished to varying degrees because no listing agent wants to mention a negative in their listing.

When have you ever seen a listing that mentions the fragrant cat pee in the carpets or includes a photo of the neighbor’s truck sitting on concrete blocks under a blue plastic tarp?

You can’t get a “feel” for the property without knowing the flavor of the neighborhood.

  • How many rentals are there?
  • How many distress sales are on the market?
  • How well are neighboring properties maintained?
  • Does the HOA have ample cash reserves?

Most importantly, you can’t see what I can see in MLS when you’re looking at homes on the internet because agent remarks are not visible to the public.

Those agent remarks often reveal details that help me determine if a specific property might be appropriate for my buyer.

Finally, do NOT buy a home on the internet without visiting the area you’re considering!

I recommend visiting the area you’re considering several times as part of your due diligence before making an offer.

Most importantly, you should find a competent, experienced, full-time professional agent and let them do your “homework”.

Pledge your loyalty to that agent by signing a Buyer Representation Agreement and let them get answers for your questions.

Need some help finding the right home?

Give me a call at (208)938-5533 or e-mail me!



Do NOT Buy A Home On The Internet – Part I

(Part I of a two-part post)

The internet is a very useful tool for home buyers.

That’s why more than 90% of all home buyers use it when they begin looking for a home.

It’s jam-packed full of information about available properties and you can review listings in the comfort of your own home.

It’s a great starting point, but the internet has limited value when it comes to finding the right home.

That’s why I say “Do Not Buy A Home On The Internet!”

Any home can be made to look good on the internet, but you must physically visit that home to see what it’s really like.

Photos can be cropped, enhanced, and altered to make them look better than the real thing.

If you don’t live here, or haven’t spent time here, you lack the local knowledge and insights necessary to interpret what you’re seeing on the internet.

Listings on websites often contain inaccurate data, including undisclosed short sales, short sales that already have multiple offers, and sold or pending properties shown as available.

I even see homes on the internet with photos of the wrong property!

(continued tomorrow)