Why Boulder Is The Hottest Real Estate Market In The Denver Metro Area

Why Boulder Is The Hottest Real Estate Market In The Denver Metro AreaBoulder, Colorado. This beautiful, mountainous area has become quite hot for real estate in the Denver metro area.

Located about 30 to 40 minutes from Denver, it’s the perfect place for those who want to be close to the city for work but live out where you can see gorgeous mountain views, flatirons and not worry about construction messing up either.

Being a hot market means homes are more expensive to purchase, but also more lucrative to own and sell.

The City of Boulder is protective of its citizenry and reputation. They don’t allow clubs or restaurants to remain open late to keep noise at a minimum. It’s also a college town, so protecting the students is also important.

Beautiful views

Boulder also has amazing bike paths, gorgeous vistas of wide-open spaces and incredible trails. This is all while being in close proximity to a large city. There is a huge park in Boulder with huge rocks called the Flatirons. perfect for a newbie rock climber.

The weather is great too!

Since it’s really a semi arid area, snow and rain are minimal so beautiful weather reigns. Warm summers and winters that are usually not close to frigid are common. With all that beautiful weather spending time close by nature is easily accomplished. Lots of waterfowl, eagles, and other wildlife. It’s an amazing place to go rock climbing and bouldering and hiking and skiing isn’t too far away. If you like other sports like sailplaning or hang gliding, or even ultralight flying.

Some complain about the lack of diversity and conservative politics, but don’t let that stop you. Things like that are fluid, and with all the other pluses, why let that be a sticking point?

Come see Boulder and see what you think. You won’t be disappointed!

Get Your Home Ready For Winter… The Fireplace Edition

Winter is here and if you have a fireplace or wood burning stove in your home it’s still not too late to get it ready for the rest of the winter.

Get Your Home Ready For Winter... The Fireplace EditionFireplace and chimney maintenance is incredibly important. So here are some things you should do to get your fireplace in the best condition for burning wood this winter.

At least once a year you should do a visual inspection of your home

This should include looking over the chimney. Look at the chimney and see if it is leaning. Does it have chips in the bricks or masonry joints? Are there cracks or holes visible? Is there any rust or corrosion on the metal parts, flashing or cap? If you see any of those kinds of issues, call a professional to make necessary repairs.

Your chimney cap

If your chimney cap is missing or in bad shape, replace it. A cap will keep out water, snow, ice and wildlife. Birds or small animals can nest in your chimney and cause clogs. They also can bring pests like fleas and ticks into your home via the chimney. A good cap with mesh will solve that problem.

Continue your inspection inside

Check from the attic down for leaks or staining in the ceilings or walls. This could mean that the flashing on the roof is faulty or that the flue liner is damaged. The last one is especially troubling since the flue liner is a safety feature that keeps excessive heat from setting walls on fire.

Call in a professional

Lastly, call in a professional to have the chimney cleaned. A good cleaning will remove built up creosote and remove any animal or bird nests. Creosote is an oily byproduct of burning wood. Once it builds up in the chimney the danger of it catching fire and causing a house fire are pretty high.

Getting your chimney cleaned once a year will prevent this build up. You can also help prevent creosote from building up as fast by burning oak or other hardwoods instead of pines.

Some types of wood are higher in the materials that become creosote than others. Pines are easier and faster to burn, but they cause a build-up of creosote much more quickly than a hardwood like oak. Also, when you burn a fire in the fireplace, you should burn them hot for most of the burn cycle.

Western Style Decorating Tips For Denver Homeowners

Time to update your décor? When in Denver why not try a western style look? You can go completely old west or just touches here or there, but you need some guidance in figuring out what is authentic or just need some good ideas. Here are some from rustic to tumbleweed.

Over the top wild west

Western Style Decorating Tips For Denver HomeownersIf you wanted to go way over the top, look for rustic, rough and unfinished wood furnishings. Look for lamps and accents with wild west motifs. Motifs could include cowboys, cattle, hunting, fishing, mountains, deserts, Native Americans, gambling, agriculture, and pioneers. Choosing a central theme or a combination of motifs will help you in finding the furnishings and accents you want.

Painting tips

When painting, look for colors from nature, browns and grays of wood; green, gold, orange, and brick red of leaves and grasses; the range of blues found in the sky, lakes, and rivers. Also look for tie ins to your motif, browns, greens, and blues for hunting or fishing; oranges, golds, browns, and reds for cowboys and cattle; Native Americans with brighter golds, turquoise, and orange. Great accent colors for more neutral base tones might include brick red, terra cotta, forest green, navy, orange, and turquoise.

Rustic

Of course the more rustic looking, the better in western décor. Accents can run the gamut from leather, suede, and wool, woven or fur rugs. Saddle blankets, Indian style throws, pottery, and weathered farm implements. You could even have antlers, snowshoes, old skis and sleds, rusted farm implements, and old tools as wall decorations.

So this can be a start for you. Time to start hunting estate sales, antique shops and yard sales. Have fun with it and then enjoy your touch of the old west at home.

Is The Tiny House Fad For You?

You’ve probably seen the shows on TV about the tiny house fad. People give up living in bigger homes, get rid of stuff and purchase a home that they can pick up and move anywhere, like an RV. Most RV’s are quite a bit bigger than a tiny home. They average is about 100 to 200 square feet.

So is this for you?

The upside

Is The Tiny House Fad For You?Maybe or maybe not. Yes, it definitely lowers your environmental footprint. It costs less to live in and uses many environmentally friendly ways to heat and power the home.

Since the home is moveable a tiny home owner isn’t permanently taking up land that could be used for other purposes like farming, parks and so on. Many people feel it is freeing to divest themselves of excess things and live smaller and that it is a fantastic way to see the country.

Unfortunately, there is a down side

Should you decide to buy a tiny home and make it a permanent residence in a permanent place, you may just run into problems with local governments. Towns, cities, counties and so on have rules, called codes, that deal with how homes are built, what size they have to be and where they can be put.

There are also taxes assessed on homes and the land they sit upon. If your tiny home violates building or zoning codes, fixing the problem can cost you a lot of money. Not to mention that you could be assessed with back taxes for an illegal home.

The size of things

There is also the issue of the size of things like appliances and room to move. If you have a family this can be a huge problem. Just trying to cook in a normal size kitchen with kids and pets, should you have them, can be challenging. Small children or toddlers don’t understand the dangers and having space to keep them out of the way is an important safety issue. Even the closest couples or families need space from each other. Tiny homes really don’t provide that.

Another safety issue are weather issues

High winds are something to be concerned about.  Measures can be taken to secure a tiny home, but if it’s a fast moving storm you may not have time.  Another issue could be flooding or wild fires, but in those situations having a moveable home can be a plus.  Unless it’s an unexpected flash flood or quick moving fire, you could be in better shape than your permanent neighbors. It’s a lot to consider!

It is fun to watch those shows and dream of taking your show on the road (and some people LOVE IT!) Which side do you come down on? Tiny home or McMansion?

Kitchen Remodeling Projects That Make A Difference When Selling

Time to sell and your Realtor is telling you that your Kitchen Remodeling Projects That Make A Difference When Sellingkitchen needs some updating. Unfortunately, you don’t have $15,000 to $30,00 to do that. So what changes can you make that cost a little, but make a big difference in how your kitchen looks when selling.

Spruce up the cabinetry

Replacing your cabinets can cost thousands of dollars. Painting them and changing out the knobs and pulls is a lot less expensive. Depending on the size of your kitchen it could cost less than $100 or anywhere up to about $500. You’ll need sandpaper, a semi-gloss paint and new hardware. Even just swapping out the hardware can make dated cabinets look new or more modern or custom.

Backsplash

Does the backsplash behind your stove and sink look tired? Older tile backsplashes can make a kitchen look very dated. Replace it, or add one. The cost is a bit higher than repainting, but you can choose tile, glass, or even metal. Keep in mind that white or neutral tones will make the kitchen feel bigger and brighter.

Floor

Floors can make or break a kitchen, but completely replacing them is another huge expense. Consider painting them. Depending on the size of your kitchen painting or restaining floors typically costs between $400 and $650. Sometimes just a quick color change can make a huge difference in the feel of your kitchen. Use an enamel paint for durability.

Lighting always makes a difference

Change out the light fixtures. Inexpensive ones can be very low cost and the average cost is probably between $75 to $250. Try adding under cabinet lighting to give the kitchen a higher-end look and more light or if the fixtures are classic or newer, swap out bulbs for an instant update.

New counters are always a plus

Think butcher block or concrete for a lower cost but more modern feel. Try using reclaimed materials if you have a smaller space and want a higher end feel. You may be able to find smaller pieces of granite or marble that will fit, and being reclaimed will cost less. While working on the counters also consider a new sink. A good stainless steel sink will probably cost you about $300. If your sink is in great shape, try changing out the faucets. Also very inexpensive, but will make a big difference in look.