4 Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Your House Sparkling

There’s no better feeling than a clean, clutter-free house.

Planning a little spring cleaning this season? Here are some tips to help:

  • Declutter and donate first. There’s no point in cleaning items you no longer want or use!
  • Start from the top. Begin by dusting the air vents, ceiling fans, and high-up cabinets. Do the floors last.
  • Go room by room. Use a checklist to ensure each space gets a deep clean.
  • Clean your appliances. Vacuum your refrigerator coils, run a load of bleach through your washer, and degrease that oven.

Don’t forget the outside of your home, too. Clean up the garage, your shed, the yard, and other outdoor spaces.

Any questions, contact me at 208.284.5081 or Heath@NextHomeTreasureValley.com

Thank you,

Heath Van Patten

“Top 5 Wineries in Boise Idaho”

“Top 5 Wineries in Boise Idaho”


  1. Cinder https://cinderwines.com/ – In 2008 we were searching for a wine-making  home of our own. When we came across an old fruit & vegetable packing warehouse in the industrial area of Garden City, just a few minutes from Boise. It was time to put down some roots!
  2. Split Rail Winery http://www.splitrailwines.com/  – Split Rail winery is propagated by the minds of a new generation of drinker. We create wine that is spawned from whimsy and reticent of the soil that we stand upon. Let us bring the farm to your glass; bring Idaho soil to your lips.  In its most basic sense, Split Rail WInery emerged from a fervent belief in supporting local agriculture and creatin gIdaho-centri products, exploring new wines and wine styles, and an unfettered love for drinking, eating and debauchery. We invite you to consume either with or without us.
  3. Syringa Winery  https://www.syringawinery.com/ – Syringa Winery is one of Idaho’s most revered wineries, started by  winemaker Mike Crowley. Syringa Winery, established in 2007, continues its limited production of award winning wines, widely regarded as consistently high quality at prices below many of their peers. The winery, in the heart of Boise is one of the most picturesque areas in the state. It reflects Syringa Winery’s commitment to sustainable wine-making, environmental values and a love of the beautiful place they live. Since the beginning their focus remains squarely on their customers – treating them as friends who are always welcome at the winery.
  4. Telaya Wine Co. https://www.telayawine.com/Telaya started in 2008, when we produced 50 cases of carefully conceived wine. We’ve grown quite a bit since then. Our facility–which includes a full production space and tasting room–is located right on the Boise Greenbelt, just minutes from downtown and few feet from the Boise River. Guests can enjoy tastes, glasses and bottles of our Washington and Idaho wine while overlooking the scenic river.
  5. Coiled Wines https://www.coiledwines.com/tasting.htmThe brand officially began with the release of our 2008 Syrah.  We started at 380 cases and now make 2,000 cases, with a range of wines made from Idaho grapes.  These wines include our Dry Riesling, Sidewinder (Syrah blend), Black Mamba (Petit Verdot blend), Rizza (Sparkling Brut Riesling), Chablis-style Chardonnay, and Petite Sirah (grapes grown in Calistoga, CA).  All Coiled wines are made from vine to wine under our roof.

“Top 5 Hot Springs in Idaho”

Idaho is known for the four seasons and amazing outdoor entertainment. One popular activity is to travel, explore and ultimately relax in the hot springs.  These hot springs are very popular so you must plan accordingly. However, with the correct planning, you will be able to unwind and enjoy the scenery. Drive safe and enjoy!!

  1. Boat Box Hot Springs – https://www.outdoorproject.com/adventures/idaho/hot-springs/boat-box-hot-spring – The hot water for this tub comes from a large plastic pipe stuck into the riverbank and draped over the tub’s wooded rim. For more hot water, the pipe is pulled over to spill into the tub. For cooler water, a plastic bucket is nearby for adding river water. The water straight from the spring is quite hot, so caution is advised. There is a valve to let water out, which trickles constantly, so the water is generally fresh and clean
  2. Silvercreek Plunge Hot Springs – http://www.silvercreekplunge.com/ – Silver Creek Plunge is located inside the Boise National Forest, Peace Valley, Idaho. Only 2 hours from Boise by highway and gravel mountain roads, we are nestled on the floor of Peace Valley, surrounded by mountain, trees, wildlife and Silver Creek, which runs through the middle of the campground. We feature camping, cabins, swimming, fishing, hiking, playground, volleyball, basketball and horseshoes for your outdoor recreation. Fishing in Silver Creek is good all summer. Beginning Memorial Day and through Labor Day, Idaho Fish and Game stocks the creek with 8 to 14 inch Rainbow Trout every other week.
  3. Burgdorf Hot Springs – http://www.burgdorfhotsprings.com/ – Burgdorf Hot Springs on the national register of historic places in Idaho. The natural hot springs infused with lithium surrounded by breath taking views and wildlife makes for a relaxing experience. The charming cabins will make you feel at home!!!
  4. Kirkham Hot Springshttps://www.theoutbound.com/idaho/chillin/soak-in-kirkham-hot-springs – This legendary hot spot is one of many along the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway. It features geothermal pools and waterfalls of varying temperatures and is nuzzled up to the beautiful South Fork of the Payette River.  Soaking in Kirkham is like soaking in a dream. Numerous geothermal springs of varying temperature await at the bottom of a small wooden staircase. Hot water pours over the cliff into pools below and literally feels like a natural shower. If that’s not enough, enjoy the rush and beauty of the Payette River beside you. Have a great soak!
  5. Rocky Canyon Hot Springs – https://www.theoutbound.com/idaho/camping/camp-at-rocky-canyon-hot-springs –  Three geothermal pools of varying temperature. Overnight camping in the surrounding area. Gorgeous river views and outdoor activities.  Idaho is known for its pristine rivers and countless geothermal pools. The Rocky Canyon Hot Springs epitomizes both of these and will leave you begging to stay. From Boise, hop in the car and head north, I’ll see you in Crouch.

In case you need more information about the Treasure Valley, contact me and I would be happy to share more details.
Heath Van Patten

3 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying That Fixer-upper Home


3 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying That Fixer-upper Home

The idea of buying a home that will need a fair bit of renovating can seem like a great investment opportunity, but some renovations come with high prices and may actually end up costing you more than you think. If you’re trying to determine whether or not a fixer-upper is worth the cost, here are some important things to consider.

What Will It Cost?        

If you’re going into a home expecting a few renovations costs, a minor detail here or there may not add up to much. However, if you’re not interested in spending the big bucks on making changes, you’ll want to estimate an approximate amount of how much the renovations you don’t want to live without will amount to. By including all the necessary labor and materials, you’ll be able to determine if the price-point of your offer will be worth it. Keep in mind that if there are any serious issues with the house, it may not be worth your while to consider the purchase at all.

Will Renovations Increase The Value?        

In the event that you’re buying a home for its investment value, it’s going to be particularly important to consider if the renovations required will actually increase its market value. While adding another bedroom or upgrading a bathroom may not add significantly to a home’s overall price, certain more inexpensive improvements like painting, refinishing and new siding can actually add a lot to the look (and worth) of your home.

How Much Are You Willing To Take On?        

It’s easy to think that you’re prepared to do the dirty work when faced with a fixer-upper, but getting down to brass tacks may not be so simple when the time comes. Before taking on a home that needs a lot of renovation, consider how much you’re willing to do so that you can determine if fixing it up will even be an economic boon after all the labor that may go into it. If you’re not a DIY kind of person, you may want to avoid a house that has a long list of repairs.

A fixer-upper can be tempting for those who want to invest or save on a home purchase, but you’ll want to carefully consider if it will be a good choice when it comes to selling time. If you’re currently perusing the market for a home, you may want to contact one of our real estate professionals for more information.

If you desire to buy or sell a home in Boise or Meridian, please contact me today.

Heath Van Patten, Realtor, Call/Text #208.284.5081
NextHome Treasure Valley
Meridian, Idaho


3 Tips for Planning Your Monthly Mortgage Payment

3 Tips for Planning Your Monthly Mortgage Payment


Once you’ve purchased a home and decided on a move in date, it may seem like a lot of the hard stuff is over, but you still have one of the most important things relating to such a large purchase to think about: the payments! If you’re looking for a few tips on ways to approach your monthly payment, the following will steer you in the right direction so you can broach your mortgage schedule successfully.


Set Up A Payment Schedule


Many people have been in the situation of neglecting their phone or credit cards by forgetting about the payment due dates, but this can cause a lot of strife when it comes to an investment as large as your home. Instead of leaving it to chance, choose a day each month and ensure that your bank is transferring the funds over automatically so you never have to worry about missing a payment. This will help you retain a reputation as a responsible borrower and it means you won’t have to deal directly with this important expenditure each month.


Be Aware Of Ways To Pay


Instead of being in the dark about ways to pay your mortgage each month, talk to your bank about your options for making your monthly payments in a timely, hassle-free manner. Before you get into the nitty-gritty of home ownership, look into this as soon as you’ve signed off on the papers so you know the best way to approach each month. This will prepare you for your approximate total mortgage payment, including those ever-shifting interest charges.


Is It Really Affordable?


If you’re associated with a lender you trust, you’ve probably already been made aware of the amount of house you can and can’t afford, but ensure you’ve sat down and thought about what all the added interest on your home means. While it can certainly be a huge financial commitment for anyone to commit to a monthly mortgage payment, being able to swing the expense consistently is the difference between financial well-being and a purchase you’ll come to regret.


Making the decision to invest in a home can be one of the most exciting things you’ll commit to in adulthood, but ensure you’re aware of just what your monthly mortgage means so that it’s not something you’ll look back on. If you’re currently on the market for a home, you may want to contact one of our mortgage professionals for more information.

NextHome Treasure Valley



5 Tips for Listing Photos

5 Photo Shoot Tips for Amazing Listing Photos

Selling a home can certainly come down to a great location and the right price, but there is an art to taking a photo that will definitely help you win over some interested parties. If you’re looking for tips on how to effectively photograph your home, here are some ways to kick your listing up a notch.

1) Pick The Right Light        

It won’t even be worth your while to pick up the camera if the lighting is off, so make sure you capture your home in the middle of the day when natural light is at its peak. Instead of morning or night, when spaces can appear dim, turn on the lights during the day, let the sunlight flow in and shoot away!

 2)    Keep It Clutter Free        

While it’s common sense to clean up your home before committing anything to photography, it’s also important to be aware of any items that may catch the eye of the viewer and deflect interest away from your property. While there may be certain things you’re used to, if they stand out in the picture it might be better to move them outside of the frame.

 3) Don’t Forget The Details        

It’s easy to be focused on the exterior and room shots, but a few minor details here and there can give the viewer a better feel for your home, and may enable them to remember it. If you have striking kitchen tiles or a claw foot tub, don’t forget to add up-close images of these to your listing.

 4) Capture The Exterior        

The rooms and amenities of your house are definitely going to be what piques the buyer’s interest, but don’t forget about the exterior in all the shuffle. The outside of your home is the first thing that potential buyers will see, so catch it during the last hour of sunlight for maximum effect.

  5) Hire A Professional        

It’s entirely possible that you’re so busy looking for homes and getting organized that taking pictures is just another task to add to the list. Instead of taking on the photography yourself, you may want to contact a professional to do it for you who will know all the tricks of the trade.

The best impression your house will make should be in person, but it’s important to have great listing photos so you can draw potential buyers in. If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, you may want to contact one of our real estate professionals for more information.

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