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Feb. 27, 2023

How To Sell Your House For The Most Money In 2023

How To Sell Your House For The Most Money In 2023

3 Things You Need To Do In This Shifting Real Estate Market

Bonus Material: A Free Guide That Helps You Get Sell Ready (18 Home Preparation Tips)

The real estate market was on fire in the start of 2022.

Then the Federal Reserve raised interest rates. Things slowed down.

In 2021, the median sales price was 17%.

The median home sale price in 2022 was $386,300, up 10.2% from 2021 and the highest on record.

Meanwhile with 5.03 million homes sold, down 17.8% from the year before, making it the lowest amount since 2014.

If you're planning on selling your home this year, there are a few things you need to do to make sure you get the most money. Or even to make sure your home sells.

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This article will cover two main things:

  • The Mistakes Sellers Make In A Shifting Market
  • The 3 Things You Must Do To Sell Your Home For The Most Money

Mistakes Sellers Make In A Shifting Real Estate Market

Selling your home in 2023 might feel like a daunting task, with the real estate market shifting. Buyers are more selective. But making sure you get the most money for your home doesn’t have to be difficult. You can make sure your house sells quickly, for top dollar by avoiding common mistakes and following some key steps.

Don't Get Stuck In The Past Real Estate Prices

Don't get stuck in the past real estate pricesMany sellers are stuck in the past. They remember seeing a price for their home at the peak of the real estate market. And they want to price their homes as if it were still a hot market.

It's important to be realistic with your price. Understand that buyers may not offer as much as they did two years ago. Or even two months ago.

What Price Is Not

The market value of your home is determined by the market - that is, what today's buyers are willing to pay.

Buyers are comparing your home to other homes that are on the market at this exact time. Those homes are your competition. Buyers are also looking at what is under contract and sold.

Buyers don't care about:

    • What your neighbor says your home is worth
    • What another real estate agent says
    • What you spent on upgrades
    • What it costs to build a similar house today
    • What you spent on repairs
    • What you spent on remodeling your kitchen
    • What you spent on new flooring or carpet
    • What you paid
    • What you NEED
    • What you WANT
    • What Zillow says
    • What your tax assessment is

 

The reason none of these things matter, your neighbor, the other real estate agent, Zillow, and the tax assessor are not buying your house.

In fact, Zillow was buying homes for a while. But they did such a bad job at predicting home prices they shut down that side of their business.

“We’ve determined the unpredictability in forecasting home prices far exceeds what we anticipated and continuing to scale Zillow Offers would result in too much earnings and balance-sheet volatility,” said Rich Barton, Zillow’s co-founder and CEO

Zillow admits they're not good at predicting and forecasting home prices.

Get In The Home Is Sold Mindset

Home is sold mindsetBefore you start to worry about your home's closing day, the curb appeal, home staging or what home improvement projects to focus on, you'll want to get in what we call, the HOME IS SOLD MINDSET.

Here is a cold hard reality: It’s not your home anymore. 

Not at the time your home sells, closes and you get your check.

Right now. Starting right now, this is no longer your home.

It’s a product in the marketplace. Competing with other products in the marketplace (comparable homes). Trying to attract buyers so you can get the best price.

You can continue to feel an emotional attachment to your house; remembering when you brought your kids home from the hospital for the first. Celebrating the holidays. Or any other countless memories you've created there. But you do that at the possibility of minimizing the money you’ll get. 

It could jeopardize your entire sale.

Some homes don't sell.

The reality is at some point, you’ll be packing up the moving boxes, saying goodbye to this house. Looking at the sold sign in your car mirrors. Leaving your keys behind, and never coming back to it again.

The sooner you get into this Sold Mindset, the better chance you have of doing the things you need to do to get the most dollars in the sale.

Emotional Attachment Cost Her

I had one seller call me, after her house had failed to sell with another real estate agent. She wanted me to come “rescue” her and her home sale.

After I did a Marketing and Pricing Diagnostic for her, she confessed that when she had listed with her previous agent when she was not yet ready to sell. She didn’t want to let her house go. 

For this seller, her emotional attachment had cost her a year of extra payments on her home. It sat vacant. Developed a stigma in the marketplace that there was “something wrong” with the home because it had been for sale for so long. This impacted the overall home value.

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What Will A Real Estate Agent Do In A Shifting Real Estate Market?

Everyone probably knows 3 or 4, or more real estate agents today. In seller's markets it is very common for more people to become real estate agents. Now that the market is shifting many agents don't know what to do to help their clients. Or themselves.

But do you know what that agent will do for you when selling your home?

Besides, put a sign in the yard and list it on the MLS...

  • Do they have a plan to attract buyers?
  • How will they follow up with interested buyers?
  • Can they tell you what home improvement projects will bring a higher sale price? Which ones are a waste of time and money?
  • Do they have a home selling strategy to attract multiple offers for you?

Persinger Group, Real Estate AgentIf you want to know how to sell your home for more money, don't settle. Sure it will sell in these seller real estate markets, but could you have got more money?

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3 Things You Must Do To Sell Your Home For The Most Money

In a shifting real estate market, days on market are increasing and inventory is stacking up. Prices are stabilizing or falling. It is now crucial to do these three things to get the most money for your home.

In this section you'll read about:

  1. Getting your home ready for market
  2. Marketing the listing to reach the most buyers
  3. Negotiating an offer and navigating through the transaction until closing day

How To Sell Your Home For More Money In A Shifting Real Estate Market

After you get the right mindset. Decide the market price of your house, not what you wished it was. These are the three things you must do when selling your home to get the highest sale price. 

1. Getting your home ready for market

The most important things a seller should do to get your home ready for sale:

First, do what we call OCD.

Organize, Clean & Declutter

This is simple and does a lot to help first impressions and the home's appeal.

Organize things so there is more space in the house.

Do a deep cleaning so the house makes a great first impression.

Then Declutter. Get rid of things you don't need, no longer use and don't plan on moving. Then pack up the things that you don't need for day-to-day living.

A decluttered house will help the home feel more spacious. Also makes it easier to keep clean before showings.

Organize Clean Declutter

Next, repair any damage or fix any broken items

Updates aren’t always necessary. Your focus should be on repairs and maintenance. A new quartz countertop might look nice, but a leaky roof will kill the sale. During the home inspection, if a potential buyer finds a list of items wrong with the house, the deal falls apart. This impacts you getting the best price.

Finally, decide what to update or remodel

These are the toughest decisions to make.

If you're trying to get a higher price and increase the perceived value, you might think upgrading or remodeling your house is the best way. And you might be able to increase your list price. But that doesn't mean you'll be walking away with more money.

Not all remodeling projects fetch a higher selling price.

For example, according to the Remodeling Cost vs Value Report a major kitchen remodel only returns 57% of the cost.

That means if you spend $20,000, you'll only get $11,400 back out of it. Sure, higher sales price, but less money overall in your pocket.

You don't want to waste time and money doing things to get your home ready for sale that won't help it sell for more money. That would be silly.

You don’t have to spend a fortune and all your weekends updating and remodeling your house to get it sell-ready.Get Sell Ready

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2. Market the listing

Now that your home looks great, it's time to get it seen.

First impressions matter. But the first impression of your home doesn't happen when the potential buyer walks in the door. It happens online.

Real Estate Photography

Good real estate photography is key to getting your home seen by as many people as possible. It's important to have good-quality photos that show your home in the best light. You want to make sure potential buyers can see all the features and amenities of your home. If the photos are blurry, dark or just not appealing, potential buyers will move on to the next house.

Real Estate Video

Real Estate, Photography, VideoAccording to a study by the National Association of Realtors, listing videos result in higher conversion rates than listings without videos. This makes sense when you think about it.

People are visual creatures.

We like to see what we’re buying before we buy it. Having a video of your home allows potential buyers to do just that.

It also allows them to get a feel for the space and how it could fit their needs. It’s also a great way to show off your home’s features and amenities. Potential buyers can get a better sense of the layout and whether or not it’s a good fit for them.

Good real estate video marketing is like having a 24/7 open house. But without all the weirdness of strangers freely walking through your home.

7 Real Estate Video Facts

- Properties with a professional video tour are perceived as being worth 6% MORE than similar homes without.

- 86% of buyers watch videos to find out more about a community

- 70% of buyers watch videos to tour the inside of a home

- Video generates 1,200% more shares than text and images combined

- Real estate listings with videos receive 403% more inquiries than those without video. (In other words, real estate ads with videos generate quadruple the interest of those without videos.)

- 85% of buyers and sellers want to work with an agent who uses video as part of their marketing efforts

- 51% of home shoppers rated YouTube as their top video research site. Brokerage websites with 41% and video from the organic Google results with 37% were the next most popular options.

SOURCE: DigitalSherpa, eMarketer, NAR, YouTube, Google, Forrester Research

Paid Marketing

At Persinger Group we like to invest money into the marketing of our listings.

A sign in the yard will let people in the neighborhood know the home is for sale.

The MLS and real estate websites will let active buyers who are in the market RIGHT NOW know the home is for sale.

But if you really want to know how to sell your home for more money... it comes down to simple supply and demand economics.

Would you rather have fewer buyers or more buyers interested in your house?

Paid marketing and advertising helps create more awareness and potentially generates the most buyers. And doing paid advertising on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube with a great real estate video allows us to reach the most buyers.Paid Advertising, Paid Marketing, Real EstateReal Estate Agents, Video and Paid Ads

We've noticed some real estate agents will invest in a real estate video on higher-end, luxury-type properties. But rarely will they invest in paid advertising.

Just look on YouTube. You can probably search any (city name + real estate) and see a bunch of great listing videos that only have 10, 20 or 30 views.

So you have a great listing, at the right price, looks awesome in the video but it's not getting viewed... how does that help sell your home for the most money?

It doesn't.

In a shifting real estate market, it's more important than ever to have a great real estate video that's marketed well. At Persinger Group, we've seen great success with this strategy and know how to get your home seen by the most buyers.

We even offer a 10,000 Views Guarantee.

3. Negotiate and navigate

Real Estate negotiation, offersOnce you start getting offers the real work begins.

In a shifting real estate market, you're probably not going to get 12 offers $60K over list price.

It's important to have an experienced real estate agent who knows how to negotiate and navigate the offer process. You don't want to scare off buyers in a shifting market.

Then there are all the important timelines and deadlines in a real estate transaction. If these dates aren't met, the deal has a greater chance of falling apart.

BONUS TIP - Find the right local real estate agent to help you do all this.

We're your local real estate agents in the North Idaho real estate market and Western Washington helping you do those three things.

You can spend a lot of time online looking for tips, but until you start talking to a local real estate agent, who understands the local market, trends and want buyers preferences are you're not going to be any closer to selling your house.

 

 

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Posted in Home Selling Tips
Feb. 25, 2023

Best Places To Live Near Coeur D’Alene: Affordable, Hidden Treasures

You're sick of your current living situation. You're ready for a change for the better. You hear about Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and the amazing places nearby. It's time to start searching for a new place to settle down. With its incredible lake towns, picturesque mountain villages, and all the outdoor activities you can handle, it might just be the perfect spot.

The views alone are enough to make you consider living around Coeur d'Alene; imagine waking up every morning with a breathtaking view of Lake Coeur D'Alene or heading outside in the summer for an invigorating hike through the mountains. Best of all, every season offers something new—from skiing and snowshoeing during winter to stand-up paddle boarding in summer.

If you decide to move here, you won't be disappointed with the housing options either.

Looking for a cozy lakeside cabin? You got it! Prefer a modern condo near downtown? No problem!

If living downtown is more your style, you can find various shops and restaurants within walking distance. There's also an array of local farmer markets where you can pick up fresh produce and support local vendors at the same time.

 

One challenge, if you've been doing some research about living in the Coeur d'Alene area, is that Coeur d'Alene real estate can be expensive.

But that's why you're here.

You're smart.

You know that instead of looking to live IN Coeur d'Alene, you want to discover "the Best Places To Live Near Coeur D’Alene, ID."

Coeur d'Alene is situated in Kootenai County with great places to live nearby. Such as Post Falls, Hayden, Rathdrum, Athol, Dalton Gardens, Bayview, Harrison, Hauser, and Spirit Lake. A bit further away from Coeur d'Alene, but still great places are towns like Sandpoint, Blanchard, Wallace and Kellogg.

In this article, we will explore these towns and give you an overview of what each area has to offer. This includes housing, recreation and more so you can find the perfect spot to call home. Let’s dive in!

Intro to Living In Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

If you're searching for places to live near Coeur d'Alene, I'll assume you are already very familiar with Coeur d'Alene.

Quick Recap of CDA

Coeur d'Alene is the largest city in Kootenai County and Idaho's sixth-largest city. With a population of around 50,000, Coeur d'Alene offers plenty of amenities for those who love the outdoors and is just 20 minutes from Spokane, Washington.

Coeur d'Alene is known for its beautiful lakefront views, vibrant culture and array of outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, water sports and more. It's also home to many restaurants, museums, galleries and other attractions that you might enjoy while living here.

Here's our complete guide on moving to Coeur d'Alene so you can learn more and get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the locals.

If home affordability is the reason for looking for towns near Coeur d'Alene instead of staying in Coeur d'Alene, keep in mind you can find some good homes for good prices. For example, these are all the homes for sale under $500K in Coeur d'Alene.

 

Best Places to Live Near Coeur D’Alene

Post Falls Living

If you're looking for a cozy town to live in, consider Post Falls.

Neighboring Coeur d'Alene to the east, this city is known for its rural atmosphere and vibrant economy. It's more affordable than living in Coeur d'Alene and closer to Spokane, WA if a commute there is important to you.

Post Falls offers plenty of entertainment options with the nearby Spokane River flowing through town, numerous parks and trails. It also has reasonable access to many job opportunities since it's close to the larger cities of Coeur d'Alene and Spokane.

It's also home to many different businesses and offers plenty of housing options, from apartments to condos to single-family homes and even waterfront homes. Post Falls has a population approaching 40,000. The secret is getting out on how great it is to live in Post Falls. Because of the recent growth, many of the homes are going to be new construction homes.

See all homes for sale in Post Falls

Learn more about the area by reading our comprehensive guide about moving to Post Falls.

Hayden Living

Hayden real estate is on Hayden Lake, offering some of the best lakefront living North Idaho. Hayden is located near Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls, and a short drive to Spokane, Washington. Its proximity to those areas plus recreational activities, like skiing, lakes, bike trails, and walking trails make living in Hayden ideal. 

The town itself offers a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options. The city center has many quaint boutiques along with full-service grocery stores like Super 1 Foods and Walmart Neighborhood Market.

Find all homes for sale in Hayden

Rathdrum

Rathdrum, Idaho is one of the Best Places To Live Near Coeur D’Alene, ID. Located just north of Coeur d'Alene, near Post Falls and short drive to Spokane Washington. 

Rathdrum is located at the base of Rathdrum Mountain, which is part of the Selkirk Mountain Range. Rathdrum is growing quickly with new construction popping up in the prairie area.

If you're looking for North Idaho small-town feel, Rathdrum is it. Its location plus proximity to recreational activities, like skiing, lakes, bike trails, and walking trails make living in Rathdrum ideal. 

Overall, living in Rathdrum provides plenty of benefits: job opportunities galore; affordable real estate; outdoor recreation; nearby attractions; plus being surrounded by some of North Idaho's most beautiful scenery! 

Search all Rathdrum homes for sale

 

Athol 

Athol is near Coeur D’Alene, for those looking for a peaceful, rural mountain town. Located about 20 miles north of Coeur d'Alene, Athol is home to stunning mountains, forested areas and plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities.

From Hayden Lake to Spirit Lake to Twin Lakes, there are plenty of gorgeous places to call home while still having access to larger cities like Coeur d'Alene and Spokane. The cost of living in these communities is lower compared to some of the larger towns surrounding them.

When it comes to real estate offerings in the Athol area, you can find properties ranging from ranches on large acreages to cozy cabins tucked away in the woods. Many properties offer stunning views of either rolling countryside or mountain ranges, making it a great option for those who want a private retreat.

In addition, there's plenty to do near Athol; outdoor activities abound with hiking trails and skiing at nearby Schweitzer Mountain Resort or Silver Mountain Ski & Summer Resort - both only a short drive away from Athol. There's also Silverwood Theme Park located just outside of town with plenty of fun activities all year round including

Athol homes for sale & real estate

Dalton Gardens

Dalton Gardens isn't just near Coeur d'Alene, it's basically located in it. The homes are generally well-maintained and offer plenty of character combined with modern amenities.

You’ll feel like you are away from it all while actually being close to Coeur d'Alene's shopping, dining, attractions and more.

See Dalton Gardens homes for sale

Bayview

Bayview, Idaho is located just north of Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls and is a beautiful community on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. It is known for its stunning views of the lake, mountains, and forests that surround it. This small town of approximately 600 residents has all the charm of a rural mountain village with close proximity to Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint.

Living in Bayview offers an abundance of outdoor recreation activities due to its local terrain. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking and biking around the lake or in nearby forests, as well as kayaking/boating on Lake Pend Oreille itself. Furthermore, Bayview boasts two marinas where you can rent boats or store your own boat for easy access to the water.

The housing market in Bayview offers something for everyone; from single family homes to condos and cabins, and even float homes. Prices tend to be lower than other areas of North Idaho.

Find all homes for sale Bayview

Harrison

Escape to the stunning city of Harrison, Idaho, located on Lake Coeur d'Alene, not far from downtown Coeur d'Alene. Head to this picturesque small town and bask in the benefits of waterfront living. Whether it's taking a stroll on the public beach, exploring the marina or embarking on an adventure along one of the world’s most renowned cycle trails - there is something for everyone!

Enjoy outdoor dining with a view of the lake, wine tasting, brewery, coffee shop, getting ice cream, walking in a shady park, and shopping, all within an easy walk of the lake and trail.

Harrison real estate

 

Hauser

Hauser is a small town located just north of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This quaint mountain town offers residents stunning views of the surrounding forest and mountains as well as its own lake.

Hauser homes for sale

Spirit Lake

Spirit Lake is a small, rural town located in the foothills of the north Idaho panhandle. It's a picturesque destination surrounded by towering pine trees and crystal clear lakes. The quaint town of Spirit Lake is popular amongst vacationers who come from far and wide to experience its peaceful atmosphere, outdoor recreation opportunities and abundance of wildlife.

Spirit Lake is a great place to call home. Housing options range from cozy cabins and rustic log homes, to luxury waterfront estates.

The nearby lake provides plenty of outdoor recreation activities in the summer months such as swimming, boating and fishing. In the winter months, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular activities amongst locals and visitors alike.

Whether you're looking for a quiet retreat or an exciting adventure, Spirit Lake is the perfect place to call home. With its beautiful natural environment and abundance of recreational activities.

Find Spirit Lake real estate here

 

A bit further away from Coeur d'Alene, but still great places are towns like Sandpoint, Blanchard, Wallace and Kellogg.

Sandpoint

Sandpoint, Idaho is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. This picturesque little town is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille, and offers a wide array of activities for all ages. Whether you prefer to take in the breathtaking views while hiking or biking through the surrounding forests, soak up some sun on the waterfront beaches, or explore the depths of the lake on a kayak or canoe, Sandpoint is the perfect place to call home.

Sandpoint is located just a short drive away from Schweitzer Mountain. Schweitzer Mountain is one of the premier ski and snowboard resorts in the northwest, offering a wide variety of terrain for all levels of skier and snowboarder.

Current Sandpoint homes and condos for sale

Blanchard

Blanchard is a small, unincorporated town located in the northwest corner of Bonner County, Idaho. This scenic area is surrounded by spectacular views and natural beauty. Located about 52 miles from Coeur d'Alene, Blanchard is a great place to call home if you’re looking for the perfect combination of peace and quiet, outdoor activities, and small-town charm.

The area offers plenty of recreational activities throughout the year, such as hiking, biking, hunting, golfing, fishing, and boating.

Blanchard real estate

Wallace or Kellogg

Wallace and Kellogg are two small towns situated in the heart of the Silver Valley area of Idaho, just east of Coeur d'Alene. This region is renowned for its gorgeous scenery, outdoor recreation and unique history.

Wallace is the most populous city in the Silver Valley and offers plenty of restaurants, shops, and outdoor activities. Kellogg is also a great place to call home, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests, as well as proximity to some of Idaho's best ski resorts.

BONUS TOWNS

BONNERS FERRY

Bonners Ferry is a small city located in the northern panhandle of Idaho, approximately 79 miles northwest of Coeur d'Alene. With a population of just over 2,500 people, if you want to live in the town or this might be the area if you want to get a chunk of land and start your own homestead.

PRIEST RIVER

Priest River is a small town located in the northern panhandle of Idaho, approximately 56 miles northwest of Coeur d'Alene. With a population of just over 2,000 people, this quaint town offers a slower pace and more peaceful atmosphere than the larger city of Coeur d'Alene.

SPOKANE, SPOKANE VALLEY, LIBERTY LAKE

Going across the border into Washington state, Spokane and its surrounding towns provide plenty of housing options for those looking for a home near Coeur d'Alene. Spokane is the big city in the region with metro style amenities, while Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake offer smaller-town charm without sacrificing convenience.

WHAT TYPE OF REAL ESTATE AND WHAT TYPE OF LIFESTYLE

Are you looking for the perfect place to call home near Coeur d'Alene? From cozy lake towns to picturesque mountain villages, there's something for everyone in beautiful North Idaho.

 

  1. Consider Your Lifestyle - What type of lifestyle do you want to live, and what activities are important to you (e.g., outdoor recreation, cultural attractions)?
  2. Research the Area - Look into the different towns around Coeur d'Alene and find out more about each one's amenities, job opportunities, housing options, recreational activities and more.
  3. Compare Prices - Different areas may have different real estate prices so be sure to compare them before making a decision.
  4. Think About Proximity - How close do you want to be in relation to Coeur d'Alene or other nearby cities/towns such as Spokane or Sandpoint?
  5. Get Local Advice - Ask locals for their opinion on which area is best for your needs.
  6. Visit In Person - Once you've narrowed down your list of potential places to live, visit each one in person if possible so that you can get a better feel for the area before making a final decision.
  7. Make Your Move - Once you've found the right place, it's time to make your move and start enjoying all that Coeur d'Alene and its surrounding areas have to offer.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Coeur d'Alene and its surrounding areas offer a wealth of opportunities for those looking to call the region home. With picturesque mountain villages, cozy lake towns, and bustling cities like Spokane nearby, there's something that can appeal to everyone. Before making your decision on where you want to live near Coeur d’Alene, take some time to research each area in more detail so that you know what type of lifestyle it offers and which amenities are available. Once you've narrowed down your list of potential places to live, visit them in person if possible before finally deciding on the perfect spot for you.

 

Persinger Group can help you find your home near Coeur d'Alene

The Persinger Group is a professional real estate team that helps buyers and sellers navigate the Coeur d’Alene housing market. When it comes to finding the perfect place to call home near Coeur d'Alene.

Whether you're looking for something close to the city or more of a rural lifestyle, Persinger Group can help you find exactly what you're looking for. Contact them today and begin your search for the perfect home near Coeur d'Alene.

 

 

 

 

Posted in Coeur d'Alene
Jan. 22, 2023

Getting A Mortgage For A Barndominium (How To Pay For Your Dream Barn)

Owning a barndominium is a dream come true for many people. It offers the perfect combination of low cost and high quality. However, before you get too excited about this amazing opportunity, it's important to understand what it will take to get a mortgage for your very own barndominium. In this section, we will outline some important factors to keep in mind so that you can better understand the process of getting a mortgage for a barndominium.

The process of getting a mortgage for a barndominium

Getting a mortgage for a barndominium is not as difficult as one might think. There are a few key steps that need to be taken in order to get the best mortgage deal possible.

The first step is to get pre-qualified for a loan. This can be done by contacting a variety of lenders and getting quotes from each one. Once you have been pre-qualified, you will then need to find a lender who is willing to give you a loan for your barndominium.

The next step is to get pre-approved for the loan. This can be done by providing the lender with all of the necessary documentation, such as your credit score, income, and assets.

The final step is to close on the loan. This can be done by signing the loan documents and making any necessary down payments. Once you have closed on the loan, you will then be able to move into your new barndominium and begin enjoying all of the benefits that come with owning your own home.

Factors to keep in mind when applying for a mortgage

When applying for a mortgage, there are a few important factors to keep in mind. Below are four of the most important ones:

1. Your credit score

Your credit score is one of the most important factors when applying for a mortgage. A high credit score will help you get a low interest rate, while a low credit score will lead to a higher interest rate. It's important to make sure that your credit score is as high as possible before applying for a mortgage.

2. Your Income

Your income is another important factor when applying for a mortgage. Lenders will want to make sure that you can afford the monthly payments, so they will look at your income and compare it to your monthly expenses. If your income is too low, you may not be able to qualify for a mortgage.

3. Your assets

Your assets are also important when applying for a mortgage. Lenders will want to see that you have enough money saved up for a down payment and closing costs. If you don't have enough assets, you may still be able to qualify for a loan, but you'll likely have to pay a higher interest rate.

4. Your employment history

Your employment history is another important factor when applying for a mortgage. Lenders will want to see that you have been employed for a certain amount of time and that you have a steady income. If you have been unemployed for a long period of time or if your income is unstable, you may not be able to qualify for a loan.

These are just a few of the important factors to keep in mind when applying for a mortgage for a barndominium.

Where to get a Mortgage for a Barndominium

There are a variety of places where you can get a mortgage for a barndominium. The most obvious place to start is with your local bank or credit union. They will be able to offer you a variety of different loan options, and they may be more willing to work with you if you already have a relationship with them.

If your bank or credit union doesn't offer mortgages for barndominiums, you can try contacting a mortgage broker. A mortgage broker will be able to help you find the best deal on a mortgage, and they may have access to lenders who don't normally offer loans to the general public.

No matter where you end up getting your mortgage from, it's important to shop around and compare offers from multiple lenders before making a decision. This will help you ensure that you're getting the best deal possible on your loan.

Instead of A Mortgage, You'll Probably Want A Construction Loan

When applying for a mortgage for a barndominium, you may find that not all lenders offer loans for this type of property. In this case, you may want to consider applying for a construction loan.

A construction loan is a type of loan specifically for the purpose of building a new home. It's similar to a regular mortgage, but it has a few important differences. For one, the interest rate is usually higher than a regular mortgage. Additionally, the terms of the loan are usually shorter, which means you will have to pay it off sooner.

Construction loans are a great option for people who want to build a barndominium, as they are specifically designed for this purpose. If you're interested in getting a construction loan, you should contact a lender that offers this type of loan.

Many would-be barndominium owners take out construction loans to finance their projects. As their name implies, these loans ease the financial burden that you’d otherwise take for costly construction work. Construction loans usually have the following characteristics.

  • Issuance of certificate of occupancy. You need to provide proof that, once construction ends, you will reside in the barndominium permanently.
  • One-year duration. A construction loan is a good idea when you expect to finish your barndominium within a year or so.
  • High-interest rates relative to traditional mortgages. Unlike a conventional mortgage, a construction loan doesn’t require you to provide your house as collateral. Because a lender takes on a higher risk when giving out a construction loan, they impose a higher interest rate to mitigate the added risk.
  • Convertibility. Some construction loans allow you to convert them to permanent loans — that is, your construction loan becomes a traditional mortgage. You can also take out a loan specifically for renovations known as a “home renovation loan.”
  • Extendability. What if the loan period ends and you still haven’t completed the barndominium? In that case, you have to take out another loan.

Some lenders, however, are willing to extend the loan for a few more months so long as you prove that construction is still ongoing.

What if You Can’t Get a Mortgage or Construction Loan?

Not everyone who wants to build a barndominium can get approved for a mortgage or construction loan. If this is the case for you, there are still some financing options available.

One option is to take out a personal loan from a bank or credit union. Personal loans usually have lower interest rates than credit cards, making them a more affordable option. However, they typically have shorter repayment terms, which means you will have to pay off the loan sooner.

Another option is to finance your barndominium with a home equity loan. A home equity loan is a type of loan that uses your home as collateral. This means that if you default on the loan, the lender could foreclose on your home. Home equity loans usually have lower interest rates than personal loans, making them a more affordable option.

If you're thinking about financing your barndominium with a home equity loan, it's important to understand the risks involved. Taking out a home equity loan can put your home at risk if you're unable to make the payments. Before taking out a home equity loan, be sure to speak with a financial advisor to make sure it's the right decision for you.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a mortgage or construction loan to finance your barndominium, this article should be helpful. We’ve outlined the risks and rewards associated with a home equity loan as well as other financing options that are available if these types of loans don't work out for you. Keep in mind some lenders may offer extendable terms so long as construction is still ongoing. As always, be sure to speak with a financial advisor before making any big decisions.

Barndominium Mortgage FAQ's

What is the difference between a barndominium and a house?

A barndominium is a type of home that combines the features of a barn and a dwelling. They are often used as living spaces for people who want to live in the country, but they can also be used as commercial spaces. Some people choose to build them as secondary homes.

While there are many similarities between a barndominium and a house, there are some key differences. For example, houses are typically made with wood or other materials that can be damaged by weather conditions, while barndominiums are made with metal or other materials that are more resistant to weather damage. Additionally, houses typically have insulation and climate control systems installed within them, while barndominiums do not need these features because they already have an earth-bermed or metal roof that helps to keep the interior temperature regulated.

What are the advantages of owning a barndominium?

Another advantage of owning a barndominium is the amount of space that you will have. Because they are often built on large pieces of property, you will have plenty of room to add features like gardens, pools, or outbuildings. You will also have more privacy than you would in a traditional home because barndominiums are typically not located in densely populated areas.

Finally, barndominiums offer a unique and stylish living space that is unlike any other type of home. If you are looking for a home that is stylish and different, a barndominium may be the perfect option for you.

How much does it cost to purchase land for a barndominium?

The cost of land for a barndominium will vary depending on the location and size of the property. In rural areas, land is typically cheaper than it is in urban areas. Additionally, the larger the piece of property, the more expensive it will be.

To get an idea of how much it would cost to purchase land for a barndominium, you can search online for “barndominiums for sale” and browse through listings in your area. You can also speak with a real estate agent who specializes in rural properties to get a better idea of prices in your area.

Does it matter what type of barndominium you want when getting a mortgage for one?

No, it does not matter what type of barndominium you want when getting a mortgage for one. The lender will only care about the value of the property and whether or not it is a good investment.

What are some things to consider before getting a mortgage for a barndominium?

There are a few things to consider before getting a mortgage for a barndominium. One thing to consider is the value of the property. You will need to have an appraisal done in order to get a loan for the property. Another thing to consider is your credit score. Lenders will typically check your credit score to see if you are a good candidate for a loan. Finally, you will need to have a down payment saved up in order to get a loan for a barndominium.

 

Jan. 10, 2023

Can You Make A Barndominium Look Like A House?

You've got the mortgage on your barndominium, just moved into your new Barndominium, and you're not sure how to make it look like a house. You've heard that adding a porch or deck is a good way to do this, but you don't know how to build one yourself. You also don't have the money to hire a professional to do it for you. So what do you do?

You decide to take matters into your own hands and try to build the porch yourself. But things don't go as planned. The porch ends up being crooked and lopsided. Not to mention, it's too small for anyone to actually sit on. So what now?

Maybe that was the wrong approach.

In this article, we'll share how you can make your barndominium look more like a house.

A Barndominium can be made to look like a house by adding exterior features, like a porch or deck. You can also add siding and trim to give it a more traditional appearance. Another way to make your Barndominium look like a house is by interior finishes, like tile or carpeting.

Now that we know we can, let's dive deeper into the article now and get more specific.

Can a Barndominium be made to look like a house?

As I mentioned in the introduction, you can make a barndominium look more like a house, but you'll have to make some changes and updates. Here are some ways to go about doing this:

Adding exterior features, like a porch or deck

Adding a porch or deck is a great way to make your Barndominium look more like a house. Not only will it give you some extra space to relax and enjoy the outdoors, but it will also add some curb appeal. A porch or deck can also be a great place to host gatherings or cookouts with friends and family.

Adding a Front Porch To A Barndominium

Adding a front porch to a Barndominium is a great way to make it look more like a house. A porch can be very welcoming and make a wonderful, homey first impression. There are many different ways to go about adding a porch to your Barndominium.

One important thing to keep in mind when adding a porch is the size. Make sure that the porch is big enough for people to actually sit on. You'll also want to make sure that it's big enough to accommodate any furniture you may want to put on it. Another thing to consider is the height of the porch. Make sure that it's high enough so that people won't have to stoop down when they walk on it.

Another thing to consider is the material you use for the porch. You'll want to use a material that's durable and easy to maintain. Wood is a popular choice for porches because it's strong and easy to work with. But you can also use composite materials, like Trex. Composite materials are made from recycled wood and plastic and they're very low maintenance.

Add a porch or deck to the back of the barndominium

Adding a porch or deck to the back of your barndominium is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Not only will it give you some extra space to relax, but it will also add some much-needed curb appeal. A porch or deck can also be a great place to host gatherings or cookouts with friends and family.

Adding a second story deck

Adding deck off the second level is a great way to add the "house" feel but there are other advantages.

- Provides a view of the surrounding area

If your barndominium is located in a rural area, you'll want to take advantage of the views. A second story deck will give you a birds eye view of your surroundings.

- Can be used as a sun deck or patio

A second story deck is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Not only can you use it as a sun deck or patio, but you can also use it as an outdoor living room.

- Can be used for entertaining guests

If you like hosting gatherings with friends and family, then a second story deck is perfect for you. You can use it as an outdoor living room or dining room.

- Adds value to your home

A second story deck is a great investment. Not only will it add value to your home, but it will also make it more attractive to potential buyers.

- Great for barbecues and parties

A second story deck is also a great place to host barbecues and parties. You can use it as an outdoor living room, dining room or gathering space for your guests. With all these benefits in mind, it's clear that adding a second story deck is definitely worth considering

When planning out the design of your second story deck, it's important to consider things like size, material, and height. You'll want to make sure that the deck is big enough for people to actually sit on and use comfortably.

You also need to think about the type of material you want to use for your second story deck. Wood is a popular choice because it's strong, durable, and easy to work with. However, there are other options that you can consider, such as composite materials like Trex. Composite materials are made from recycled wood and plastic, making them a durable and low-maintenance option for your deck.

Also consider stairs. This way you can access the deck from the outside, not just through your barndominium.

What are some exterior features that can be added to a Barndominium to

When it comes to the exterior of your barndominium, you might feel limited, but you're not.

There are actually a lot of different ways that you can make this type of structure look like a traditional home. With a little creativity and some help from professionals, you can achieve the look you desire.

Another way to make your barndominium look like a house is by adding siding and trim. This can give it a more traditional appearance and help to protect the exterior of your home. You can also use this opportunity to add some color to your barndominium by choosing a different color for the siding or trim. This is a great way to personalize your home and make it unique.

You can also add windows and doors to your barndominium to help make it look like a house. This is a great way to let in natural light and fresh air. It can also be a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

How can you make a Barndominium look more traditional in appearance

There are many ways that you can make a Barndominium look more traditional in appearance. One way to do this is by adding features such as a porch or deck to the front of the building. You could also add siding and trim to give it a more classic look. Adding windows and doors is another great way to improve the appearance of your home.

Another option is to consult with a professional about the best ways to make your Barndominium look like a house. With their help, you can achieve the look you desire for your home. Whether you want to create a more traditional appearance or simply personalize your home, there are many options available to help make this possible.

While it's possible to make a Barndominium look like a house, some people may not want this type of structure to look too traditional. If this is the case for you, there are a few things that you can do to help make your barndominium stand out.

One way to make your barndominium unique is by adding features that are not typically found on a traditional home. This can include things like a sun deck or patio, or even an outdoor living room. You can also use your barndominium as a space for entertaining guests. With a little creativity, you can make your barndominium the perfect place for gatherings with friends and family.

Another way to make your barndominium stand out is by using different materials or color schemes. For example, you could use a modern material like metal siding to give your home a more contemporary appearance. Or, you could choose bright colors for the exterior of your home, which can help it stand out from other traditional homes in your area.

Whether you want to create a more traditional appearance or simply personalize your home, there are many options available to help make this possible. Consulting with a professional can be helpful when trying to achieve the look and feel that you desire for your barndominium. With their guidance and expertise, you can create a space that truly reflects who you are and what you love.

Are there any other ways to make a Barndominium look like a house?

Yes, there are many other ways to make a Barndominium look like a house. Some options include adding exterior features such as siding and trim, or adding windows and doors for more privacy and natural light. You could also choose unique materials or color schemes to help your barndominium stand out from other traditional homes in your area.

Another option is to consult with a professional about the best ways to achieve the look you desire for your barndominium. With their help, you can create a space that truly reflects who you are and what you love. Whether you want to create a more traditional appearance or simply personalize your home, there are many options available to help make this possible. So if you're looking for the perfect way to make your barndominium unique, don't be afraid to get creative and explore all the possibilities!

What should you consider before making these changes

Before making any changes to your Barndominium, there are several factors you should consider. These may include things like your budget, your preferences, and the design of your home. You will also want to think about how these changes may impact the energy efficiency of your home, as well as how they may affect its overall appearance.

To help determine what changes are right for you and your barndominium, it's a good idea to seek out the opinions and expertise of professional designers or builders. With their guidance, you can make an informed decision about how best to achieve the look and feel that you desire for your home. And with their help in planning and executing these changes, you can rest assured that everything will be done smoothly and efficiently, ensuring that your barndominium looks and functions exactly as you want it to.

So if you're curious about how you can make your Barndominium look like a house, don't hesitate to reach out to professionals for guidance and advice. With their help, you can achieve the perfect blend of form and function, creating a space that is uniquely yours and perfectly suited to your needs and style.

Who should you contact for help with this project?

If you're interested in making your Barndominium look like a house, you may want to consider contacting a professional designer or builder for help. This could include professionals such as architects, contractors, or home improvement experts. By working with someone who has experience and expertise in this area, you can ensure that your barndominium looks exactly how you want it to, while also meeting all your functional needs.

So if you're considering making changes to your barndominium to make it look more like a traditional home, don't hesitate to reach out to the experts for help. With their guidance and support, you can create a space that truly reflects who you are and what you love, without compromising on quality or functionality.

Conclusion

Making a Barndominium look like a house can be done in many different ways, but it's important to consider all the factors involved before making any changes. By working with a professional designer or builder, you can ensure that your barndominium looks and functions exactly how you want it to.

Whether you're looking to create a more traditional appearance or simply want to personalize your home, there are many options available that can help make this possible.

FAQ's about making a Barndominium look like a house

Q: What are some exterior features I can add to make my Barndominium look like a house?

A: Some exterior features you could add to make your Barndominium look like a house include adding a porch or deck, adding siding and trim, or using unique materials or color schemes.

Q: How will these changes affect the energy efficiency of my home?

A: The effect that these changes will have on the energy efficiency of your home will vary depending on the specific changes you make. It's best to consult with a professional to determine how your particular changes may impact energy efficiency.

Q: Who can I contact for help with making my Barndominium look like a house?

A: You may want to consider contacting a professional designer or builder, such as an architect, contractor, or home improvement expert. They will have the experience and ex

 

Jan. 7, 2023

How far is Coeur d'Alene from skiing? | North Idaho Skiing & Snowboarding

You and your best friend have been planning an epic ski trip for months. You’ve both been dreaming of skiing down the slopes, getting plenty of rest and relaxation in a cozy cabin, and making some unforgettable memories together. The only problem is that you can’t decide on a destination, because there are so many great options.

You’ve narrowed it down to two places - Idaho and Utah. There are great places to ski and snowboard all over Idaho, but if you narrow it down to North Idaho and don't want to be locked down to one specific place and want to experience the most of an area you can... keep reading...

How far is Coeur d'Alene from Ski Resorts

You know that you want to get the most out of your trip, but you need to figure out how far is Coeur d'Alene from skiing so you can decide which destination will give you the best experience.

Coeur d'Alene, in North Idaho is approximately 37 miles away from Silver Mountain, making it a convenient and accessible ski destination. And only 60 miles from Lookout Pass, which is just across the border in Montana. Schweitzer Mountain is also about 58 miles north of Coeur d'Alene.How far is Coeur d'Alene from Ski Resorts

There are a couple more ski resorts, not far away, located in Washington that we'll cover later in this article.

If you’re looking for a place to stay during your ski trip, that is centrally located to many great options, Coeur d'Alene is the spot. You can find lodging with easy access to any of the skiing and or hotels situated in Coeur d'Alene with mountain views or downtown on the water.

 

The 5 Closest Ski Resorts Near Coeur d'Alene

1. Silver Mountain – 37 miles away

2. Lookout Pass - 60 miles away

3. Schweitzer Mountain - 58 miles away

4. 49 Degrees North - 77 miles away

5. Mount Spokane – 47 Miles away

 

Silver Mountain

Silver Mountain is a great ski destination located just 37 miles away from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It is a family-friendly ski resort that offers something for everyone, from beginners to experts.

Silver MountainFeaturing more than 1,600 acres of skiable terrain, Silver Mountain has something for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The mountain is divided into two parts - the Gondola area and the Mountain Haus area - each with its own unique appeal. The Gondola area offers more beginner runs and groomed paths, while the Mountain Haus area offers more challenging terrain for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

The summit at Silver Mountain reaches 2,200 feet and boasts some spectacular views of the mountains beyond. There are also plenty of activities off the slopes like tubing hills, a zipline tour, an indoor water park and spa treatments if you're looking to relax after a hard day on the slopes.

When it comes to lodging at Silver Mountain, there are plenty of options available ranging from hotels and motels to vacation homes and cabins in nearby communities like Kellogg or Wallace. Many hotels offer ski packages so you can bundle your accommodations with lift tickets or equipment rentals as well.

All in all, Silver Mountain is an excellent destination for a winter ski vacation near Coeur d'Alene that will provide hours of fun on the slopes as well as plenty of off-mountain activities for non-skiers or snowboarders too.

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Lookout Pass

Lookout Pass is a great ski destination located just 60 miles away from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. It is the perfect location for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, offering something for everyone.

Ski activity

The mountain reaches an elevation of 5,650 feet with 560 acres of skiable terrain divided into three distinct areas - Lookout Bowl, Prospectors Alley, and Paradise Basin. Lookout Bowl is great for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders who want to take in some nice views from the top of the mountain. Prospectors Alley has several black diamond runs as well as groomed paths for more experienced riders. Paradise Basin offers some truly challenging terrain that's sure to test even the most hardcore skiers and snowboarders out there.

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Lookout Pass also offers plenty of other activities like tubing hills, snowshoeing trails, cross-country skiing trails, a terrain park with jumps, rails and boxes for freestyle skiers and snowboarders, Nordic ski rentals shops as well as ski schools where you can learn the basics or brush up on your skills.

Overall, Lookout Pass provides an excellent winter ski destination near Coeur d'Alene with enough terrain to satisfy even the most demanding powderhounds out there! Whether it's taking it easy on some beginner slopes or testing yourself against expert runs at Paradise Basin - this mountain is sure to provide an unforgettable experience during your trip!

Schweitzer Mountain

Schweitzer Mountain is an incredible ski destination located just 58 miles from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. With over 2,900 acres of skiable terrain ranging from beginner slopes to extreme double black diamond runs, this mountain has something for everyone!

Schweitzer Mountain

The summit at Schweitzer Mountain reaches 6,400 feet, providing some of the most spectacular views in the region. The mountain also offers a mix of terrain with steeps and glades as well as long groomed trails perfect for cruise lovers.

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, Schweitzer Mountain also provides plenty of other activities like snowmobiling tours, snowshoeing trails, a terrain park and tubing hills that will provide hours of fun for non-skiers or snowboarders as well!

All in all, Schweitzer Mountain is an excellent winter ski destination near Coeur d'Alene that will provide a truly unforgettable experience whether it's taking it easy on beginner trails or testing yourself against extreme slopes at the summit - this mountain has something for every skier and snowboarder out there!

49 Degrees North

49 Degrees North is another phenomenal ski destination near Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. Located just 77 miles north of the city, this mountain offers over 2,300 acres of some of the most varied terrain in the area, providing an unforgettable skiing or snowboarding experience for both beginners and experts alike.

49 Degrees North

The summit at 49 Degrees North reaches a staggering 5,700 feet and provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and forest. The mountain also has a wide variety of slopes to choose from including steeps, glades and groomed runs as well as several terrain parks with jumps and rails to keep freestyle skiers and snowboarders entertained all day long.

In addition to skiing or snowboarding at 49 Degrees North there are other activities like snowshoeing trails, and Nordic skiing that are perfect for non-skiers or those looking for some extra fun during their stay.

Overall, 49 Degrees North provides an excellent winter ski destination near Coeur d'Alene that is sure to provide an unforgettable experience whether it's trying some beginner slopes or testing yourself against expert runs at the summit - this mountain is sure to provide an incredible skiing adventure!

Mount Spokane

Mount Spokane is an amazing ski destination near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho that offers a winter sports area with 1,704 acres and night skiing. With 7 lifts & 2 day lodges, Mount Spokane has acres of pristine terrain ideal for all kinds of winter sports with a summit at reaching 5,889 feet, providing breathtaking views of the nearby mountains and forests.

Nordic Skiing

When it comes to skiing and snowboarding on Mount Spokane, there are plenty of trails available ranging from beginner slopes to steeps and glades perfect for more experienced skiers and snowboarders. The mountain is also home to several terrain parks with jumps, rails and boxes that everyone can enjoy regardless of skill level.

In addition to skiing or snowboarding at Mount Spokane you can also take advantage of the many activities offered like snowshoeing trails or Nordic skiing if you're looking for something else to do during your stay.

Looking to relax or have some fun, check out the Vista House. Mt. Spokane’s iconic Vista House is located at the summit of the mountain, just a few steps away from the top of the Vista Cruiser and Northwood Chairlifts and serves beer and snacks on weekends and holidays.

Granite Stone HouseThe Vista House was completed in the winter of 1933 and then completely renovated in 2002. It is constructed of native granite stone and timber framing. The great stone fireplace is the center of the structure, beckoning visitors to enjoy a warm drink and put their feet up in front of the fire.

All in all, Mount Spokane is an excellent winter ski destination near Coeur d'Alene that will provide a truly extraordinary experience whether it's taking it easy on beginner trails or testing yourself against extreme slopes - this mountain has something for everyone! With its incredible variety of terrain and stunning views, Mount Spokane offers a truly unforgettable winter getaway!

 

Types of slopes and ski resorts available in North Idaho

As you can see, even though Coeur d'Alene doesn't get as much snow as you'd think for being in North Idaho, it is close to a variety of ski resorts that offer different levels of difficulty for all skiers and snowboarders alike. From beginner runs to challenging double black diamonds, there’s something for everyone at each resort near Coeur d'Alene.

Activities for non-skiers or snowboarders in Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene is a fantastic winter destination for those who want to take advantage of the snow, even if they're not skiers or snowboarders. There are plenty of activities for non-skiers or snowboarders in Coeur d'Alene that can keep everyone entertained all day long.

The Coeur d'Alene Resort has a great day spa and offers their Hot Winter Nights, an infinity-pool-turned-hot-tub, tucked between the mountains and right on the lakeshore, offering an oasis of warmth throughout the coldest winter days. Treat yourself to the Hot Winter Nights Experience, a unique wintery getaway with private igloos and access to an exclusive warming tent. Sip on seasonal cocktails and indulge in delectable snacks at our no-host bar - perfect for unwinding after a day of fun!

Winter Hot Tub

 

There are also plenty of winter activities like ice skating, snowmobiling, tubing, and horseback riding that make excellent alternatives to skiing or snowboarding.

In addition to the activities mentioned above, Coeur d'Alene also has several retail stores where visitors can grab some souvenirs from their time in Idaho or find any kind of winter apparel they may need during their stay. If shopping isn't your thing there are also plenty of art galleries and museums around town as well as movie theaters – perfect for when you need a break from the cold weather outside!

Coeur d'Alene offers something special throughout every season but especially during the winter months – whether it's skiing or snowboarding down slopes, or just spending time outdoors exploring what this beautiful part of Idaho has to offer - these activities make Coeur d'Alene an unforgettable winter destination!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Coeur d'Alene is an excellent destination for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Coeur d'Alene has something for everyone! Whether you're a beginner or expert looking for some winter fun on the slopes or just want to relax in front of the fire after a day exploring the mountain – North Idaho offers it all. So what are you waiting for? Book your trip today to experience this incredible winter getaway!

FAQ's about skiing and snowboarding near Coeur d'Alene

FAQ's about skiing and snowboarding near Coeur d'Alene

Is there skiing and snowboarding near Coeur d'Alene?

Yes, there are several ski resorts and slopes near Coeur d'Alene. Whatever your skill level may be, these resorts offer a variety of terrain to enjoy, from beginner runs to challenging double black diamonds.

Are there airports near Coeur d'Alene?

Yes, Coeur d'Alene has its own regional airport (COE) and is within driving distance of Spokane International Airport (GEG), which is located about 38 miles away.

What activities are available for non-skiers or snowboarders in Coeur d'Alene?

There are plenty of activities for non-skiers or snowboarders in Coeur d'Alene that can keep everyone entertained all day long. Some activities include ice skating, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, tubing, and horseback riding. In addition to these outdoor activities, there are also several day spas, shopping centers and cultural attractions like art galleries, museums and movie theaters in the area.

What are the best ski resorts in North Idaho?

The best ski resorts in North Idaho are Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Silver Mountain Resort, and Lookout Pass. Each of these resorts offers plenty of terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Additionally, there are several smaller ski areas near Coeur d'Alene such as Mount Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park and 49 Degrees North.

 

WHAT's NEXT?

If you're looking for the perfect winter getaway, look no further than Coeur d'Alene! This beautiful area of Idaho offers plenty of activities for skiers and snowboarders of all levels as well as activities for non-skiers. Whether you want to hit the slopes or just explore what North Idaho has to offer, Coeur d'Alene is the perfect destination for your next winter adventure. Book your trip today and make some unforgettable memories!

 

 

 

 

 

Jan. 5, 2023

2023 Coeur d'Alene Mac & Cheese Festival

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Jan. 4, 2023

How Long Do Barndominiums Last (100 years?)

I remember the day I was first curious about how long barndominiums last. I was talking to my friend at a party, and somehow the topic of barndominiums came up. They told me they decided to build one and I started asking her how long do barndominiums usually last.

This is a common question people ask when looking into barndominiums as a housing option.

When you find the right builder, use the right materials in construction, and keep up with the maintenance barndominiums can last more than 50 years, sometimes even up to 100 years, if appropriately managed. It will also depend on the location and climate.

In this article, we will explore for you how long barndominiums last, compare to the average home stick-built home and dig deep into what can make them last the longest. Keep reading.

How Long Does a Barndomiunium Last?

Certain factors can impact the lifespan of the barndominium. Once you learn what they are, you will better understand barndominiums in general.

Following Local Building Codes For Your Barndominium

Most cities have specific codes for building residential properties. It serves as a guide for how big your barndominium can be, as well as other concerns. The codes help ensure that new buildings and homes are suitable for habitation. Meeting these codes is important for the longevity of your barndominium. If you don't meet them, the city has the right to tear it down.

When meeting with your builder, make sure to ask about what codes will need to be followed and if they are familiar with them. They should be. If they're not, you might want to consider hiring a new builder.

Building codes vary from city to city, so it's important to make sure that you are familiar with the codes in the city where your barndominium will be located.

Do Not Overlook the Condition of the Land Before Building

Barndominiums usually sit on foundations. However, before you lay the foundation, you should prepare the ground. You will need to level the ground and ensure that the soil can support a foundation. If the ground is not even, then the earth will not be compact, which will affect the foundation.

You should also conduct a test on the soil and the terrain. We suggest that you may want experts to check the soil profile. This process will help protect the foundation. A weak foundation will most likely lead to a shorter lifespan for your barndominium.

Building A Barndominium on a Slope Can Cause Major Problems

If you are lucky enough to find a piece of land with a slope, you might be tempted to build your barndominium on it. You should avoid this tempation. A slope can cause major drainage problems. The slope can also cause the foundation to shift, which will lead to major cracks in the walls and ceilings.

Building A Barndominium in a Wet Climate Can Cause Major Damage

If you live in an area with high levels of humidity, your barndominium may not last as long. The moist air will cause the wood to rot and the metal to rust. In extreme cases, the metal may even start to corrode.

Find Out How High the Building Can Be

Some areas have restrictions concerning the height of homes. If there are building restrictions, you may need a lower roof pitch. Certain variables affect the height available for second floors.

The design or available clearance may be affected by the details of the work. If you would like to have a two-story barndominium, you need to be sure that you have enough room for the size of the frame.

Building in a Hot Climate Can Cause the Barndominium Roof to Fail

Just as barndominiums in wet climates don't last as long, those in hot climates don't either. The metal will expand and contract in the heat, which can cause the roof to fail. In addition, the asphalt shingles will deteriorate faster in the sun.

The best way to combat this problem is to install a roof with a reflective coating. This will help keep the roof cool and extend its lifespan.

There are a few pros and cons to building a barndominium in a hot climate.

On the plus side, a barndominium in a hot climate will be less expensive to cool than a traditional home.

Overall, building in a hot climate has some benefits and some drawbacks.

Building A Barndominium with the Right Materials

Using the right materials is another key to a long-lasting barndominium. Many builders use metal, as it is more durable than wood. Wood can rot and metal doesn't.

Make sure you research what kind of materials your builder plans on using. If you have any questions or concerns, don't be afraid to ask. The builder should be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Add Enough Insulation to the Walls and Roof Of Your Barndominium

Most barndominiums are made with steel frames and metal walls, rendering them metal buildings. Metal buildings are adept at keeping the place warm during the summer, but the heat is compromised by wintertime. Your barndominium needs enough insulation.

Some of the ways that condensation can enter the building and threaten the structure include the following:

  • Selecting the wrong vapor retarder
  • Installing the vapor retarder incorrectly
  • Installing the insulation incorrectly
  • No structural air barrier
  • Variation in air pressure between inside and outside
  • Roof leaking

The proper insulation also protects against condensation. When warm air contacts the cool exterior or the metal wall, water vapors condense and cause various problems. When the appropriate insulation is used, there is no need to be concerned about wood rot.

Work With A Builder Experienced With Barndominiums

If you want to design your unique design and layout, we suggest working with an experienced builder to draw up the floor plans. Some of the details you need to consider when planning the layout include the following:

  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Natural lighting
  • Structural support
  • Resale value
  • Your overall vision

We believe the best way to prevent making mistakes when planning a layout is to hire a professional designer to create the drawings. You can tell them what your vision is. The professional designer will also make sure that the building is structurally secure. Find a designer you can trust with your home.

Know the Actual Financial Cost Of Your Barndominium

You will need to know the overall cost of finishing the building. Some of the factors include the following:

  • Foundation
  • Roofing
  • Interior design
  • Exterior design

If you're running short on a budget, this can negatively affect the project and, thus, the quality of the construction. This setback will ultimately affect the lifespan of the building. We suggest getting your finances in order before embarking on such a tremendous venture.

Make Protecting the Interior a Priority

The only way to prevent moisture from forming in the building is to ventilate it. You can do that by installing enough windows, a fan, or an air conditioner. Condensation is destructive to metal buildings. The chance for repair or renovation may be significant.

Make protecting the interior a priority by taking preventive measures with your building to ensure a positive outcome. You should not have to be concerned about the cost of condensation damage, as you have put time and effort into creating the building.

Traditionally Built Homes Compared to Barndominiums

A traditional residence takes months to build, while a barndominium can be completed in a matter of weeks. This time means that making a barndominium costs less for labor and construction. Barndominiums made of metal are far more durable.

There is also a lot more flexibility and space in the barndominium. Houses can be made from a wide variety of materials. However, barndominiums tend to be the same all around, especially if it is a premade steel structure.

The upkeep on the barndominium is also less of a headache, as most houses require a coat of fresh paint on them every few years or so. The barndominium does not. There is almost no way that a conventional home would outlast a barndominium.

Truly Open Concept Living

Barnominiums also have more wide-open spaces than traditional homes. It all depends on the taste and vision of the barndominium owner. Barnominiums also have much lower utility costs, especially with power and heating.

The electricity of the barndominium could be up to 50 percent of the cost of electricity in the average home. This use also equates to less energy being wasted. Barndominiums are also your safest bet when it comes to earthquakes or other threats.

They are made from steel, which makes them much safer.

Conclusion

A barndominium may not be the conventional option, but it could be the one for your family. If you are looking for a distinct style of a safer and more energy-efficient home, try to create your very own barndominium.

Barndominiums can also last for up to 100 years if well kept. You will be able to pass down your barndominium to the following generations. We believe that is an investment worth considering!

FAQS About How Long Barndominiums Last

What is a barndominium?

A barndominium is a metal barn that has been converted into a home. They are becoming increasingly popular due to their low cost, durability, and flexibility.

How long do barndominiums last?

There is no one answer to this question, as the lifespan of a barndominium depends on a number of factors, including the materials used in its construction and the climate where it is located. However, many people believe that they can last up to 100 years with proper maintenance.

Do I need to hire a professional designer?

While you are not required to hire a professional designer, we believe that it is always best to consult with one who can help you realize your vision for your barndominium.

What are the benefits of a barndominium?

Barndominiums offer a variety of benefits, including low cost, durability, flexibility, and safety. They are also a more energy-efficient option than traditional homes.

Is there anything I need to do to maintain my barndominium?

Yes! It is important to perform regular maintenance on your barndominium in order to keep it in good condition. This includes cleaning the interior and exterior of the building on a regular basis.

Can I pass down my barndominium to future generations?

Yes! Barndominiums can last for up to 100 years, making them a valuable investment for your family.

Posted in barndominium
Jan. 4, 2023

Should I Buy a Home in the Winter? Pros & Cons Of Winter Home Buying

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You had been searching for a new home for months in the spring, but couldn't find "the one." But now winter has come around, bringing with it a renewed sense of possibility about finding the perfect home for you.

Sure, buying a home in the winter might be tricky since most people prefer to make such big decisions in warmer weather, but there are some advantages that come with winter house-hunting too.

If you ask most real estate agents about the best time to sell your house, you'll likely hear "in the spring and summer months.” In the Coeur d'Alene real estate market and Post Falls real estate market, we have almost twice as many transactions in the summer as it does in the winter. The volume of sales, or the number of sales that happen, is different at different times of the year.

Summer is not the ideal time to buy or sell a home

Many people believe that summer is the ideal time to buy or sell a house due to more homes up for sale during these warmer months. But it's not that simple. For example, a two-bedroom condo would likely experience an easier sale in wintertime compared to the difficulty of selling a waterfront home. It's not just the time of year, it's the market and the property that will define the challenges and the likely hood of a quick or easy sale.

This article will cover the pros and cons of buying a home in the winter, as well as provide practical tips on how to make sure you make the best decision when considering such an important purchase.

Overall, buying a home in the winter can present both pros and cons; however, if done carefully it could lead to great savings as well as finding exactly what you're looking for in terms of location, size and style.

Be sure to take your time when viewing homes during this season and consider all possible factors before making any decisions so you can make sure you're getting the best deal possible while protecting yourself from future losses or issues down the road.

 

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The Pros of Buying A Home In The Winter

PRO #1: MARKET CONDITIONS ARE MORE IN THE BUYER'S FAVOR

Market conditions are more in the buyers favorThe winter real estate market can be an excellent time for buyers looking to take advantage of the potential bargains that are available. During this season, the competition among buyers is often much more relaxed than during the hotter months of summer.

For example, there may only be a few prospective buyers actively searching at any given time instead of many looking for the same property. This means that buyers may have more room to negotiate, which could potentially lead to a better deal.

 

PRO #2: LESS COMPETITION FOR PROPERTIES

The good news for buyers looking to purchase a home in the winter is that there is typically less competition for properties. During this season, fewer buyers are actively searching which means that there may be more opportunities to purchase a home without having to worry about bidding wars. This could potentially save buyers money as they may have more room to negotiate with sellers who may be looking for a quick sale. Prices during this season can also be lower since some sellers may be desperate to get rid of their property and need to cut back on prices in order to do so.

In addition, wintertime can often provide buyers with an opportunity to view properties more easily since there won't be as many other people competing for the same property. This could give potential buyers a better idea of what the property looks like and how much work would need to be done in order to make it livable. It also allows them time to think and research before making such a big decision, which is always important when buying a home.

Less competition for Properties

PRO #3: LOWER SALES PRICE

One of the biggest pros of buying a home in the winter is that it can often be much cheaper than during other parts of the year. With fewer buyers in the market, sellers will likely be more willing to accept lower offers than they would have during busier times. This could potentially lead to a great deal for buyers who can do their research and make smart offers.

Lower Sales PriceIn addition, some areas may experience lower prices for homes on the market due to seasonal changes.

For example, areas that experience heavy snowfall or colder temperatures in the winter months may experience drops in home prices as potential buyers are deterred by these conditions. This could present opportunities for savvy buyers looking to get a great deal and purchase a home at a much lower cost than during other times of the year.

Furthermore, some homeowners may also be eager to sell their homes quickly due to personal reasons such as job transfers or relocation, which could lead them to accept lower offers than they would have normally accepted during warmer months. This could be an excellent opportunity for buyers who can recognize these situations and take advantage of them while still getting a great deal on their home purchase.

Finally, wintertime is often considered an “off-season” for real estate transactions which means that there may not be as much competition from other buyers bidding up prices beyond what is reasonable or fair. This could help prospective buyers get exactly what they want without having to worry about overpaying for it due to competing bids from other parties interested in the same property.

PRO #4: CONTRACTORS/INSPECTORS ARE MORE AVAILABLE

Contractors and Inspectors are more AvailableAnother pro of buying a home in the winter is that contractors and inspectors are usually more available during this time since they often have fewer projects to work on. This could be beneficial for buyers who need to get inspections done quickly and want to ensure that the home they are considering is in good condition before they purchase it. This could also save buyers money since they may be able to secure lower prices from contractors who may not be as busy during the winter months.

In addition, some builders or developers may offer better rates on new homes during the winter months in order to attract customers and keep their businesses moving. Potential buyers should always research these deals in order to find out if there are any special offers available that could help them save money when purchasing a home. Furthermore, certain areas may also provide incentives for buying a home during this season such as tax breaks or other forms of financial assistance, so potential buyers should always look into these options before making a decision.

The winter season can also provide potential buyers with an opportunity to get a better idea of how a home functions in different weather conditions as well as how it is heated or cooled during this season. This could help them determine whether or not the property would meet their needs and if it would be suitable for living there year-round. In addition, properties typically appear more appealing during colder months since most landscapes will be covered with snow and foliage which can give a more inviting feel than what is usually seen during warmer months.

Home weather condition

 

The Cons of Buying A Home In The Winter

CON #1: LESS INVENTORY/NOT AS MANY HOMES TO CHOOSE FROM

Less Inventory of HomeOne potential downside of buying a home in the winter is that there may be fewer properties available for purchase due to sellers often preferring to wait until spring or summertime before putting their homes on the market. This could mean that buyers have less choices when it comes to finding the perfect property and could potentially find themselves having to compromise on certain features they were hoping for.

CON #2: LESS DAYLIGHT FOR SHOWINGS

A potential con of buying a home in the winter is that there may be less daylight available for showings.

This could make it difficult to view properties in detail or to get a better sense of the layout since some rooms may not have enough natural light to properly assess them.

For example, the sunset sets before 4:00 pm during many winter days in North Idaho. If you're not getting out of work until 5:00 pm and going to look at the house at 6:00 pm you're looking at a home in the dark. How good of a feel for the home will you get when looking at in the dark?

Furthermore, certain features such as outdoor spaces or gardens may not be visible under layers of snow which can also hinder one’s ability to properly assess the property. Additionally, cold temperatures and icy conditions could make it difficult to explore properties on foot or by car, so prospective buyers should always plan accordingly and make sure they are prepared for inclement weather before viewing any homes in person.

CON #3: INSPECTIONS CAN BE HARDER

One of the cons of buying a home in the winter is that it can be difficult to do all the necessary inspections on the property due to weather conditions.

For many inspections, such as those for structural integrity or electrical systems, it may be too cold outside for inspectors to safely and effectively investigate certain areas of a home. Furthermore, certain components such as pipes and wiring are more prone to failure during colder months due to changes in temperature which could mean that an inspection would likely miss signs of damage that may not be immediately obvious.

Inspection can be harderIn addition, some materials used in construction such as wood may also react differently when exposed to extreme temperatures and other seasonal weather conditions which could affect how reliable an inspection would be during this time. This means that any findings from an inspection done in the winter might not accurately reflect what is actually happening inside the home since temperature changes could cause problems to appear or disappear before they are able to be detected by inspectors.

Finally, it can also be hard to inspect outdoor areas of a home during the winter due to snow and ice covering potential issues with landscaping or other features. While these issues will typically become visible during warmer months when snow melts, buyers should always consider asking for pictures or videos from previous inspections conducted in summertime so they can get a better idea of what needs attention on the property before committing to purchase it.

CON #4: NOT FUN TO MOVE DURING THE WINTER

Another potential con of buying a home in the winter is that it can be more difficult and unpleasant to move during this time.

The cold weather can make it more difficult for movers to do their job as well as potentially causing issues with certain items such as electronics that may not function properly in lower temperatures. Furthermore, snow and ice can also make it harder to move furniture or other items into a new property, which could lead to additional costs if professional movers need to be hired.

CON #5: CHANGING SCHOOLS

School during Winter

A good chunk of real estate is impacted by the school year. Families look to buy and sell based on the schedule of the school year so as NOT to impact their children having to change schools in the middle of the school year. 

By buying in the winter you can potentially find a deal on a home but may also have to disrupt your child's education by changing schools during the school year.

 

CON #6: HARD TO GET A FEEL FOR THE ENTIRE PROPERTY

Hard to feel the entire propertyGetting a feel for an entire property during the winter months can prove to be difficult, especially in areas prone to icy temperatures and heavy snowfall. As mentioned before, some areas of a property may not have enough natural light to properly assess them.

In addition, certain features such as outdoor spaces or gardens may be covered in ice and snow which could make it difficult to get an accurate feel for the property.

In order to properly assess a home in the winter and make sure all necessary inspections are done, buyers should be prepared to ask their real estate agents or inspectors more questions about certain areas of the property that may not be as visible under layers of snow or ice.

You could ask to see if there are any pictures from spring or summer.

 

*Expert Tip - What we do at Persinger Group for our buyer clients is go back and look to see if there are old photos in the MLS from a previous listing.

Additionally, potential buyers should also plan ahead and consider scheduling viewings during daylight hours whenever possible so they can better understand what they are looking at when viewing properties. This will help ensure that no major issues go unnoticed due to lack of natural light or difficulty seeing certain features because of snow or ice. 

On the other hand, you could end up being surprised by the beautiful yard, landscaping, and blooming flowers, and trees.

House covered of snow

Problems of buying a winterized home

Sometimes homes have been winterized. Especially if they are vacant.

Buying a winterized home in the winter months can pose certain risks that buyers should be aware of. For starters, a winterized home typically means that all of the water has been turned off, either by the previous owners or managers of the property. This could potentially lead to issues such as frozen pipes or water damage if not properly addressed prior to purchase.

In addition, a winterized home may also have its heating system turned off which could lead to potential issues when it comes time to move in and turn on the heat. If not done properly, this could cause issues such as an inefficient HVAC system or even damage due to a faulty furnace.

It is important for buyers to understand these risks when considering buying a winterized home and take steps to make sure any potential problems are addressed prior to closing on the property. This often requires having professionals come in and inspect the property for any existing problems before committing to purchase it.

Moreover, if there are existing problems that need to be fixed after purchase, this can become costly and time-consuming as well as potentially putting occupants at risk due to things like carbon monoxide poisoning from an improperly functioning furnace or other heating appliance.

Buyers should always ask their real estate agents or inspectors about potential issues with a property before committing themselves so they can make sure they are making an informed decision when it comes time to buy.

When possible, no matter how inconvenient, buyers should ask sellers to de-winterize the house.

De winterizingDe-winterizing a house is the process of undoing any winterization that has been done to it and ensuring that all systems are ready for use. This includes restoring normal water and heating services, along with checking all mechanical systems such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and appliance connections.

The main goal of de-winterizing a home is to make sure it is safe and operational prior to moving in or selling. Depending on the type of winterization that was done, this can involve turning the water back on, draining any existing standing water in pipes or fixtures, flushing out any remaining water, reattaching hoses to appliances and faucets, replacing air filters in units such as furnaces, fireplaces or air conditioners, testing for gas leakage from lines or appliances with a combustible gas indicator device and having each system inspected by qualified professionals. 

Another important aspect of de-winterizing a home is making sure all insulation levels are up to standards set by local building codes. This ensures that energy costs remain low and occupants are comfortable throughout the year. It also helps provide peace of mind since proper insulation can prevent issues like frozen pipes which could lead to costly repairs should they burst.

In addition to the previously mentioned tasks associated with de-winterizing a home, buyers should also be aware of potential pest problems that may have arisen during its winterized state due to lack of heat or other factors. Signs of pests include droppings or nests in cupboards or closets as well as visible damage caused by chewing or burrowing animals. If found, these must be addressed before moving into a newly purchased home in order to avoid potential health risks associated with certain types of animals such as rodents and insects.  

Get pre-approved for financing before beginning your search so you know what price range you should be looking at   

As always , it is important to get pre-approved for financing before beginning your search so you know what price range you should be looking at and what kind of loan may be available.  This will help narrow the search down since buyers can have an idea of how much they can afford and what types of homes are within their budget.

Even though you might have more time to shop for a home in the winter and feel less pressure on your timeline, being pre-approved is still essential.

Take extra time when viewing properties to make sure all areas have been thoroughly inspected

Home inspectionWhen viewing properties during the winter, it is important to take extra time and thoroughly inspect all areas of the home. This is especially true if there has been a lot of snow on the ground as it can be difficult to get an accurate view of what is actually happening up close.

It’s also important to remember that certain problems such as mold or water damage may not be visible until warmer temperatures arrive. So even though it might be cold outside, make sure you check for any signs of these issues before committing to purchase a home. 

Be prepared for winter weather conditions when going to view properties    

When going to view properties in the winter, it’s important to be prepared for cold weather conditions. This means wearing layers of clothing and having supplies such as flashlights, blankets or an emergency kit with you in case of an unexpected power outage.

Also, make sure your vehicle is well maintained and up to date on all its maintenance needs. This is especially true if you are driving in areas that are prone to snow and ice since roads can become dangerous quickly during a storm.

Be cautious of driveways that are unplowed and icy sidewalks.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON WINTER HOME BUYING

Buying a home during the winter can be an excellent opportunity for buyers to get great deals and save money. However, it is important to take extra precautions when viewing properties in cold weather conditions and make sure that all areas of the house have been inspected thoroughly. Additionally, it’s essential to be pre-approved for financing before beginning your search so you know what price range you should be looking at. If done correctly, buying a home in the winter months can prove beneficial as long as potential issues are taken into consideration beforehand.

FAQ

FAQ's On Buying A Home During The Winter

1. What are the benefits of buying a home in winter?

The primary benefit of buying a home in winter is the potential for getting a better deal as there may be fewer buyers competing for homes during this time. Additionally, sellers are often more motivated to make a sale and may be willing to negotiate on price.

2. Are there any additional considerations when buying in the winter?

When viewing properties during the winter, it is important to take extra time and thoroughly inspect all areas of the home due to snow making it difficult to get an accurate view. Also, certain issues such as mold or water damage may not be visible until warmer temperatures arrive so it’s important to look out for any signs of these problems before committing to purchase a home.  In addition, buyers should be prepared for cold weather conditions and make sure their vehicles are well maintained.

3. How can I get the best deal when buying a home in winter?

The best way to get the best deal when buying a home in winter is to be prepared and know what you are looking for.  Have your financing pre-approved so you know what price range you should be looking at and take extra time to thoroughly inspect all areas of the homes when viewing properties. Additionally, sellers are often more motivated to make a sale so be prepared to negotiate on price.  Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions and do research on the area before committing to a purchase. 

4. What should I look out for when inspecting a property during winter?

When inspecting a property during the winter, it’s important to look out for any signs of mold or water damage that may not be visible until warmer temperatures arrive. Additionally, buyers should check for any structural issues such as cracks in the foundation or siding and also make sure all appliances are in working order. If a home is winterized, ask for it to be de-winterized before doing any inspections. By taking these precautions before committing to purchase, buyers can ensure they’re making the best decision possible when buying a home during this season.

5. Are there any potential risks associated with buying a home in the winter months?

The main risk associated with buying a home in the winter months is cold weather making it difficult to view properties. It can also be more challenging to inspect all areas of the home due to snow concealing certain issues. Additionally, there may be certain maintenance issues that are not visible until warm weather arrives so buyers should be prepared for this possibility and ask questions before committing to purchase.  Finally, if a home is winterized, make sure it’s de-winterized before carrying out any inspections as it could cause further damage in the long run.

After getting the home you might feel inconvenienced with having to move during the cold winter months, especially if that also means moving your kids from one school to another.

 

CONTACT US TO HELP YOUR HOME-BUYING SEARCH

If you’re considering buying a home in the winter months, make sure to do your research and take all necessary precautions before committing to purchase. Contact a Persinger Group real estate agent today for advice on how to get the best deal when looking for properties during this season. 

With the right knowledge and preparation, buyers can be sure they’re making an informed decision and getting the best deal possible when buying a home during the winter months.  Don't let cold weather stand in your way of finding your dream home! 

 

Start searching now and find out what opportunities are available during this season.

 

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Posted in Buying
Dec. 31, 2022

How To Insulate a Barndominium

Barndominiums have started gaining popularity among homeowners throughout these last few years. These affordable, durable structures make for an excellent base upon which you can create some of the most beautiful living spaces. There are pros and cons to barndominiums, one of the cons can be the poor insulation. Given that barndominiums are usually metal, a material notoriously known for its poor insulating properties, those living in especially hot or cold climates might need to equip their structure with insulation themselves.

Here’s how to insulate a barndominium:

  1. Find the correct type of sheet foam.
  2. Gather your tools.
  3. Measure and cut the sheets.
  4. Secure the sheets.
  5. Seal the joints.
  6. Apply your paint of choice.

Keep in mind that this approach (using foam sheets to insulate your barndominium) is just one of the many alternatives you can opt for when providing your structure with the insulation it requires. Therefore, in this article, I won’t only take you through a step-by-step explanation of how to install the foam sheet set-up in your space, but I’ll also delve into some other approaches you can use to insulate your barndominium.

1. Find the Correct Type of Sheet Foam

When it comes to their insulating properties, not all types of sheet foam are created equal.

The ideal choice for your space can vary depending on your:

  • Needs
  • Aesthetic requirements
  • Budget

Generally speaking, there are two main types of insulating foam boards that you can use. Let’s take a look at these materials and discuss their benefits and drawbacks so that you can decide which one is best for you:

Polyurethane

Polyurethane is one of the most popular choices among homeowners since it makes durable, long-lasting, insulating materials. Polyurethane is flexible and excellent at maintaining a stable interior temperature, but it’s also naturally equipped with sound-proofing qualities.

No matter how extreme and varied the climate conditions are, this type of insulation always maintains a comfortable living temperature inside a space. Furthermore, the material is waterproof and able to withstand strong winds and rainfall just as well as it can withstand freezing temperatures.

Polyurethane comes in various forms and applications. However, foam sheets are one of the most affordable and efficient alternatives since they are so easy to cut and install on your own.

Polyisocyanurate

While similar to the previous alternative, polyisocyanurate is its own category of insulating material. Unlike its polyurethane counterpart, which, as mentioned, can be purchased in a wide range of states and forms, this insulator is only available as a closed-cell rigid foam board.

The material is popular for its durability and strength. However, if you’re looking for flexibility, polyurethane might be better.

Given that its cells are pretty closely-set, their bonds are virtually indestructible and block out extreme temperatures and ear-screeching noises. This quality allows polyisocyanurate to act as a moisture barrier that keeps rain, snow, and general humidity away from your precious furniture.

However, polyisocyanurate isn’t as fantastic at keeping out heavy rainfall. So, if you live in an area that’s very often affected by rains throughout the year, it might be a good idea to amp up the waterproofness of the material by coating it with a layer of oil-based solution.

Not only is polyisocyanurate an excellent, affordable insulator, but it has also performed remarkably well on fire tests. That’s another reason so many owners choose to create living spaces within their barndos, as the durable metal frame (as opposed to the traditional wood) combined with this highly fire-resistant insulator makes for unparalleled safety as far as real estate options go.

Even though having to insulate your home separately might not be a homeowner’s favorite pastime, you can’t deny it gives you a level of flexibility that traditional housing structures don’t.

You’ll be able to pick and choose the type and level of insulation that fits your needs and budget best.

For example, it’s up to you whether you choose to add the rigid boards only to one or two walls, all of them, or if you throw in some ceiling and roof insulation for good measure.

Owens Corning Insulation Foam

If you’re looking for a piece of practical advice when it comes to finding the correct type of sheet foam for your barndo, this section is for you. No matter the size and shape of your space, you can never go wrong with Owens Corning Insulation Foam (from Amazon).

The package comes with various different-sized pieces, perfect for you to fill out even the most difficult crevices. You will be able to cover larger areas like walls and floors quickly, and you’ll also be able to insulate around doors and windows seamlessly.

The foam is water-resistant, making it an excellent choice even for those living in high-humidity climates. This foam is guaranteed to maintain its strength and durability throughout its impressive lifespan, no matter the weather conditions.

However, don’t let this impressive strength trick you into thinking the foam will be challenging to cut and manipulate. You can easily shape the material to your heart’s desire by cutting with a razor and hot knife. Therefore, this option will still do the trick even if you want to insulate a uniquely-shaped barndominium.

Those with a specific aesthetic goal don’t have to worry about the material’s pink color, as its porous surface retains paint and drywall adhesives excellently.

2. Gather Your Tools

Now that you’ve found the perfect type of sheet foam for your barndo, it’s time to gather your tools. I’ve chosen to expand on this particular insulating approach because it’s by far the easiest to accomplish yourself, with minimal time and effort.

Therefore, luckily, the tools you’ll need to gather before starting the project will likely already be inside the toolbox in your garage. Here’s what you’ll need to insulate a barndominium using foam sheets:

  • A large, clean work table: A table is where you’ll measure, cut, and shape the individual sheets, so it must be sizable enough and free of any dirt or debris.
  • Tape measure: As I mentioned, there’ll be much measuring taking place in that sizey, clean working table of yours. Therefore, getting your hands on the right tool to make measurements can be crucial. After all, you want to approach this project with the utmost care and precision if you're going to have any chance of succeeding at it.
  • Razor, hot knife, or another cutting tool: After you’ve measured your pieces, you’ll want to make sure you cut them with a sharp, effective tool that doesn’t leave any uneven edges. Investing in the best product you can get your hands on is advisable, as the cleaner the cut, the more professional your result will look (and feel).
  • Industrial-grade adhesive: Industrial-grade is the operative word here. You’ll want to invest in a compatible, premium-strength sealant that will be able to keep the foam sheets in place for decades on end. Again, this isn’t the time to budget, as this choice will make a significant difference in the longevity of your insulation. Make sure the glue you choose works well with the foamy material and doesn’t damage it.
  • Drill hammer: As you can imagine, you can’t only rely on a layer of adhesive when setting up an insulating system in your home, no matter how powerful it is. Therefore, you’ll want to invest (if you haven’t already) in a drill hammer that can help secure the foam sheets into the structure.
  • Concrete fasteners: These will allow you to seamlessly secure your sheets without worrying about rust and wear weighing them down over time.
  • Sealant (or tuck tape): As you’ll see in one of the following sections, no matter how well you cut and place your foam sheets, you’ll always need to fill in the joints using a high-quality sealant.
  • Spray foam: Although you’ve chosen to use the insulating material in solid sheet form, you’ll still need some malleable materials to insulate those hard-to-reach spaces. You can never cut even the most customizable foam sheets in the market (like the Owens ones mentioned above) with such precision to reach any dent or crevice. In these instances, spray foam comes in handy.

After gathering your materials, it’s best to preemptively go through the following sections and make a rough plan for your project. You won’t need to follow every step to a T, but understanding what the process entails beforehand will help you go into the project more confidently.

Additionally, it’ll help if you carry out some rough measurements at this point. I’ll get down to details in the following steps. However, for now, it can help to have some rough estimations regarding the size and number of foam sheets you’ll need.

3. Measure and Cut the Sheets

It’s time to put that worktable of yours to good use. Before attempting the adhesion process, you’ll want to have all your foam sheets measured out, cut, and ready to install. You don’t want to go back and forth between cutting and securing the sheets, as this would make for a far less efficient (not to mention sloppier) project.

Therefore, you’ll first want to calculate the number of sheets to insulate the entire area of choice. Regardless of whether you’re looking to insulate a wall or your barndominium’s whole interior, you’ll want to measure out the total square footage and divide it by the square footage of each foam sheet.

For example, say you want to cover an area of 1000 square feet (93 square meters). If you were using Owens 15’’ by 12’’ (38 by 30.5-centimeter) foam sheets, you’d first want to calculate each sheet’s square footage. Through multiplying 12 and 15, you’d get an area of 180 square inches or 1.25 square feet (0.12 square meters).

Now, all you have to do is divide the 1000 square feet you want to insulate with the area of each foam sheet (1.25 square feet or 0.12 square meters), and you’ll get the number of sheets you’ll need to complete the project (in this case 800).

However, if you want to cover some uniquely-shaped areas, this might call for more extensive measurements and calculations.

After you’ve mapped out your project and calculated your requirements, it’s time to get each sheet into your table (at least the ones that need to be re-shaped or re-sized), mark them, and cut them along the markings using the sharp cutting tool of your choice.

Repeat the process until all pieces of sheet foam are ready for installation.

4. Secure the sheets

As you may have already gathered by the tools I've listed in the previous section, securing the sheets will not be a one-and-done deal. First of all, there’s a wide range of approaches you can choose from when installing your foam sheets, and the method you opt for will depend on your skills, budget, time, and requirements.

However, generally, you’d want to go for a solid mix of several securing approaches to ensure that your insulating material will stay in place for decades. The last thing you want is a loose piece of foam falling from the ceiling when you least expect it.

I’ve already mentioned adhesive, fasteners, and drills as crucial tools in the installment process. However, don’t hesitate to experiment with this step and get your hands on any additional materials and tools that you think would better help the foam sheets stay in place.

For example, some may even use staples and tape throughout this process, so don’t be afraid to get creative.

However, if you’re one of those people who feel more comfortable using a practical, step-by-step approach, here’s what you’ll need to do to secure the sheets in place:

  1. Apply adhesive to each foam sheet by following the manufacturer’s instructions and secure the material into place. Generally speaking, no matter which other methods you choose to include to attach the sheets, using adhesive first is a must. No other approach will be able to secure such a large surface area of the material, which can prove to be crucial after a few years of use.
  2. Press against the foam sheet for 30-60 seconds. First, apply the adhesive in straight, parallel lines on the back of the insulating material and place it on top of the surface. Then, press firmly on its surface for 30-60 seconds until the adhesive has dried out enough to hold the material in place.
  3. Leave the adhesive enough time to dry. Depending on the brand you choose, this timeframe may vary. However, always ensure to leave the adhesive enough time to harden and dry before moving on to any other approaches.
  4. Secure the sheets using any other approaches. By this point, the sheets should be sturdily set in place. However, it’s crucial to ensure they’re as secure and immovable as possible. For this reason, you’ll want to aid the adhesive by using staples, concrete fasteners, or even tape (which is an excellent way to ensure your insulation resists different-temperature airflow).
  5. Repeat the process until the whole area you’re looking to insulate is covered. This step is pretty self-explanatory. After getting the hang of the procedure, the time and effort you’ll have to put into it will depend on the size and complexity of your particular project. However, regardless of the circumstances, by following the previously mentioned steps, you’ll always be able to carry the process out with the utmost efficiency.

5. Seal the Joints

Now that your sheets are in place, it’s time to insulate the joints (the empty areas between two adjacent sheets). No matter how closely and carefully you place each piece of material, there will always be some space left from which heat or moisture could escape. For this reason, you’ll want to seal these spacing using either tuck tape or any other type of sealant you can get your hands on.

Afterward, you can use some spray foam to fill in any remaining gaps or insulate any hard-to-reach spaces.

6. Apply Your Paint of Choice

Your barndominium insulation is almost complete. All that’s left now is to do now is to alter its design in whichever way fits your aesthetic best. Luckily, as I mentioned, the foam sheets’ porous surface makes for an excellent base on which any paint will show up great.

You can use any type of paint you can get your hands on during this process, either water-based or acrylic. However, try to steer away from oil-based options, as they often contain chemicals that may damage the insulating material.

After painting your space’s interior and letting it dry, you’ll have fully insulated your barndominium. As you saw, the whole process is as quick and straightforward as it gets, and it can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on the size of your barndominium.

Alternative Ways To Insulate a Barndominium

As I briefly mentioned, I chose to dive into the sheet foam approach in this article because it’s the easiest and most practical way to insulate a barndominium yourself. However, if this method doesn’t bode well with your requirements or budget, there are many other excellent alternatives to choose from.

Rigid Board

Rigid board insulation involves several stiff boards, usually made out of fiberglass. You can mount them on your barndominium’s walls, floor, ceiling, or roof to insulate your space. This approach is usually the most popular among homeowners, as it’s the most efficient and longest-lasting of the bunch.

However, rigid boards can be tricky to install by yourself, especially if you don’t have any previous experience in these projects. Therefore, you’ll most likely need to hire a professional if you choose to go this route.

Blanket Insulation

Blanket insulation (or, as you’ll often find it referred to, Blatt insulation) is the most traditional approach to insulating a barndominium. Furthermore, it’s also the most affordable, making it an ideal choice for homeowners on a budget.

The material comes shaped into rolls, which you can then unfold, measure, and cut into shapes before mounting, just like you would with your foam sheets. Because it is soft and blanket-like, it’s easy to cut and pack into your walls tightly. So, if you accidentally make a piece too big, you can still use it on your walls.

It is highly customizable, and you’ll likely be able to install it yourself following similar steps to the ones described in this article, cutting down on the method’s costs even further.

Loose-Fill Insulation

Loose-fill insulation uses loose fibers, pellets, or even shredded and recycled paper that you can blow between your walls’ cavities. Loose-fill is one of the most popular choices for homeowners who want to insulate an existing barndominium.

It’s one of the costliest alternatives on this list, but the insulation it provides is unparalleled. This approach ensures that every last nook or cranny from which air (or sound) may escape gets fully covered and insulated.

Spray Foam

Lastly, you can insulate your barndominium using spray foam. You’re already familiar with the material, as I’ve already advised you to use it to complement your sheet foam approach. However, did you know that you can insulate the whole interior of your building using this method?

Spray foam is one of the most popular insulation techniques among homeowners. The material is sturdy, malleable, and highly effective. However, you will need to hire a professional to get the job done, as attempting to do it yourself would do more harm than good.

Considerations To Keep in Mind When Insulating a Barndominium

Regardless of the approach, there are some considerations you’ll want to keep in mind before insulating a barndominium.

  • It’s essential to research and know your local laws and regulations regarding building requirements. You’d be surprised how many materials local governments ban. Therefore, taking the time to check beforehand can save you from stress and headaches.
  • Regardless of the material you choose, you should always consider its R-value, a number that describes how efficiently a medium insulates and prevents heat transfer between two environments. You can learn more regarding the concept here.

Final Thoughts

Insulating a barndominium doesn’t have to be as challenging or time-consuming as it may sound. Depending on your skill level, preferences, and budget, you can choose between five equally efficient approaches to turn any cold, metal structure into an inviting living space.

Even though many people think about a barndominium as a housing alternative and a way to save money by building a barndominium, insulating a barndominium is not a place you want to cut costs or short cut.

And keep in mind that if you want your barndominum to last 100 years use the right materials in construction, and keep up with the maintenance.

 

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