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With over 20 years of experience, I have had the pleasure of helping hundreds of people find their ideal homes! From looking for their dream home to relocating and even to downsizing, I have been able to walk through and help many people with their home-buying needs. And now I get to help the next generation embark on the same journey! This blog is a compilation of helpful information that I have learned over the years that pertains to buying a home in every stage of life, and I hope that you can get some amazing value from it!
6 Ways to Make Moving Easier


Moving is never a fun process. In fact, it's usually pretty stressful. But there are some things that you can do to keep the stress levels down.


Here are 6 things you can do to make moving an easier, less stressful event!


1. De-junk Beforehand to Make Moving Easier


This is one of the most valuable things you can do in the moving process. With every move, most people will inevitably realize they have more stuff than they need. Why move all of that stuff that you don’t need to your new home? Chances are, you’ll end up not getting rid of it!


So, a few weeks before you need to start packing, go through every room in the house and de-junk. If you have clothes you haven’t worn in years, donate them. Toys that your kids have outgrown? Give them to friends, donate them to charity or a thrift store, or try and sell them on Craigslist. De-junking isn’t always easy, but it feels SO good when you have a pile of things to give away. Because in reality, you probably won’t even miss them!


2. Pack and Unpack by Room


When you first start to move and then when you begin to unpack, it can be incredibly daunting. But one thing that can make it less intimidating is by going room by room, whether you are packing everything up or unpacking everything. You can focus on one thing at a time, and your house doesn’t have to feel like it is full of unorganized clutter during the packing or unpacking process.


Labeling is important for your own sanity, as well. Not only does it make it so you can put boxes in the right room when you move in, but it saves you from having to open every box to find something you are looking for. 


3. Leave Cleaning to the End


As obvious as this may sound, don’t clean until everything is packed up and loaded! If you don't wait and try to clean as you go, you'll just spend a lot of extra time and effort re-cleaning things you cleaned before once everything is fully packed or unpacked and put away.


For instance, if you clean all of the kitchen countertops when you still have a lot of moving to do, they'll be dirty again in a few days and all the effort you put into them earlier would be wasted. 


Another helpful option would be to hire a cleaning company to clean the house after you are done packing or unpacking. Many cleaning companies/people offer "move out" specials, and they have a lot more resources for cleaning than the average person might. After packing up or unpacking an entire house, most people are exhausted and hiring a cleaning company could help provide just enough rest and relief to make the extra cost worth it.


4. Get Boxes from a Grocery Store


Most grocery stores have a lot of produce boxes that they just get rid of at the end of the day. This is a great place to get boxes that are perfect for moving! They won’t charge you, and the boxes are very good quality. They typically all have kinds and are very sturdy.


5. Pack Some "Essentials" Bags


Since you are packing up your entire house, make sure that before you start packing, you set aside a bag for you (and everyone in your family) that has essentials – toiletries, clothes, etc. It’s important to make sure you have enough for about a week after you move out, just in case there is some kind of delay in your belongings being delivered or unpacked.


6. Change Your Address Ahead of Time


You want to make sure all your mail goes to your new home. Sometimes it can take an address change some time before it kicks in, so you're better off getting this put into place before you arrive at your new home so you don't have to worry about any of your mail being sent to your old address.


Moving doesn't have to be extremely stressful. With a little bit of planning and some of these tips listed above, a lot of the customary stress related to moving can be eliminated for a more organized and calm experience. 

Kel & Company at Silvercreek Realty Group’s Summer Concert and Party in the Park


You’re invited to join Kel & Company at Silvercreek Realty Group’s Summer Concert and Party in the Park this Saturday, July 14th!


Bring your blankets or lawn chairs for the live music! Pack a picnic basket or buy from the food trucks! Prizes, games, kids activities including bouncy houses and an obstacle course, and more! 


Admission is free, so come and join the fun!  

Treasure Valley Home Market Statistics June 2018


Click below for an in-depth look at the Treasure Valley Home Market Statistics for June 2018! You can always find the most up-to-date information that you need to know on the #KelleySimonSays blog!


Ada County Existing Home Statistics

Ada County New Construction Statistics

Canyon County Existing Homes Statistics

Canyon County New Construction Statistics

#KelleySimonSays June 2018 Newsletter

Want to Sell Your House Faster? Try These Tips!


When you're getting ready to list your house, the goal isn't just to sell--it's to sell quickly! The longer your house is on the market, the less likely it is to bring top dollar.


Want to sell your house as quickly as possible? These tips are essential.


Hire a Real Estate Agent and Follow Their Advice


Some sellers are tempted to go it alone. But for a quick sale that maximizes profit, go with a Real Estate agent - and listen to their suggestions. Their market knowledge is invaluable when it comes to pricing and marketing your home.


Boost your Curb Appeal


Give your front door a fresh coat of paint (punchy red, blue, or yellow is a nice way to switch it up), add hanging baskets and planters to your front stoop, and re-sod your lawn. A home that looks well cared for is more inviting to prospective buyers.


Stage It


If you really want to sell fast and you have the budget required, allow a professional stager to come and work their magic. Can't swing the cost? Borrow some of their tricks: Get rid of all personal items, use mirrors to create the illusion of light and space, add throw pillows and blankets to seating, and put fresh flowers or small potted plants in each room.


Be Flexible


Selling fast means maximizing the number of buyers coming to see your house, so be willing to vacate at a moment's notice. Work with your agent to create as many viewing times as possible.


Wondering How Much Your Home is Worth?


How has the price of your home changed in today's market? How much are other homes in your neighborhood selling for?


If you're wondering what's happening to prices in your area, or you're thinking about selling your house, we'll be able to help!


Just give our office a call for a no-fuss, professional evaluation.


We won't try to push you into listing with us or waste your time.


We'll just give you the honest facts about your home and its value.


And maybe we'll also give you the "inside scoop" on what's happening in the housing market near you!


Just give our office a call to arrange an appointment or stop by our office!


Learn the Language of Lighting to Enhance Your Home's Living Space


A beautifully lit home is warm and welcoming. A distinctive glow can set the scene, enhance a room, highlight a detail, or make a workspace downright workable. But lighting has a language all its own. And it can be a huge asset to you in selling your home.


Do you know the lingo? Flush, recessed, pendant, starbursts, pots ... the list goes on. Where should you begin?


In a recent Houselogic article, columnist Emily Dunham writes, "... lighting can be a bear to understand. The world has its own language (know what lumens and Kelvins are?), and increasing costs can make decisions intimidating." Dunham notes that LED lights can cost as much as $35, and Apple sells a new number that goes for about $65.


But with careful planning, you can light up your life and go easy on the budget. Here's a quick lighting language lesson to get started.


Kelvin is a scale of measurement for the "color" a light produces.


Wattage tells you how much electricity a bulb consumes.


Lumens are the amount of light or brightness you get from a bulb.


The next important lesson is lighting layers. Since every room has different lighting requirements, it's important to think in these three layers: ambient, task and accent.


Ambient is the general lighting in a room, often coming from overhead. Task lighting illuminates an area where a particular task is completed. Accent lighting highlights something to which you want to draw attention.


Think of the activities you do in each room and consider the options. For example, in the kitchen, you'll want to avoid overhead lights that create shadows on the counters. Instead, choose side lights or under-the-cabinet lights to illuminate the tasks at hand.


The size of your room also dictates the lighting you need. It's wise to use at least two types of lighting to create the ideal effect.


Now that you know the basics, go shed some light!

Kel & Company at Silvercreek Realty Group’s Summer Concert and Party in the Park


Save the Date!!!!


You’re invited to join Kel & Company at Silvercreek Realty Group’s Summer Concert and Party in the Park on Saturday, July 14th!


Bring your blankets or lawn chairs for the live music! Pack a picnic basket or buy from the food trucks! Prizes, games, kids activities including bouncy houses and an obstacle course, and more! 


Admission is free, so come and join the fun!  


We will give you our tent location as the date draws closer, so stay tuned!!!


Kel & Company

Silvercreek Realty Group

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