Shop Small for the Holidays: How to Support Local Treasure Valley Businesses

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As a multi-generation family owned business, we at First Service Group know how important it is to be a part of the local community, and for our community neighbors to come to us when they want to buy or sell a property. The local community has helped us thrive since 1980, and we want to encourage you to support Treasure Valley local family-owned and small businesses, so the whole community can continue to grow!

Not only does shopping locally help out small business owners—your neighbors—but keeping your dollars in the Treasure Valley makes you an important part of the thriving local economy. So shop local, and your gifts will be both a special treat for their recipients and they’ll benefit the Treasure Valley!

Gifts

When it comes to the holidays, shopping generally begins with a long list of family, friends, coworkers, and perhaps even clients or a dependable parking lot attendant your mornings would be duller without, who you’ve decided deserve a gift. It can feel overwhelming, and your first thought might be to grab a stack of gift cards and be done with it, or travel to a big-box store and pour all of the aisle displays into your cart. We wouldn’t blame you for wanting convenience, but we’d like to suggest a few ways to one-stop-shop while supporting small businesses in the Treasure Valley. 

Attend the Buy Idaho Winter Market. Guarantee you’re supporting local businesses by attending year’s annual Buy Idaho Winter Market at the Linen Building on Dec. 5th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, and you’ll have access to 30 Idaho local vendors—more than enough variety to find something for everyone on your list. 

Check out Mixed Greens in Downtown Boise. Local and handmade gifts are Mixed Greens’ specialty, and they stock items created by 60+ local artists. If the folks on your list would be excited to receive a special one-of-a kind piece of jewelry, pottery, or any artistic medium in between, you can’t go wrong here. 

Feasts

Capital City Public Market Whether you’re seeking inspiration for a full-out feast or you’re missing the perfect olive oil or cutting board to put the finishing touches on your special holiday celebration meal, if it belongs on your dining table, you’ll likely find it at the Capital City Public Market. Open on Saturdays at The Grove Plaza from 10:30a.m. – 2:30p.m., this special Holiday version of Boise’s weekly Saturday Market is sure to fit your winter needs.  

Sweets

Guru Donuts Since Guru Donuts are “Made With Love,” you don’t need to worry about disappointing your holiday party guests with desserts that aren’t homemade. These unique donuts are sure to add some festive flair to your dessert table. 

Lee’s Candies Is your family a fan of chocolate? Then don’t miss Lee’s Candies on Vista in Boise—they’ve been family-owned since 1947, and their chocolate is crafted from a three-generations-old recipe. WIth special holiday boxes, there is no reason not to check them out. 

Sweet Valley Cookie Co. An Eagle-local bakery, Sweet Valley Cookie Co. delivers locally, so if you think you’ll run out of time to bake Santa’s cookies yourself, Sweet Valley has you covered. 

No matter how you’re celebrating, don’t miss your chance to shop small and local this holiday season. The Treasure Valley will thank you! 

And if your list includes a brand new home for your family…you know which local business to call!

How To Keep Your Cool When You’re Hosting Thanksgiving

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If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, you might be anticipating the week with a tinge of dread. Never fear! We know you’re already doing a wonderful job, and we just wanted to share a few tips to help this Thanksgiving go as smoothly as possible. You deserve it!

Don’t Take It Too Seriously

Hosting a holiday gathering is an honor and a responsibility, but it should also be a source of joy. Be sure to make a shopping list, a decoration list, and a to-do list, but if you find yourself fretting about which shade of burnt orange the napkins should be, step back and remember that you’re hosting loved ones, and that means the first thing on everyone’s mind will be simply sharing time together. (Or, maybe, the turkey. If you’re going to spend time worrying about anything, make sure it’s your main course.)

If it’s your first time hosting Thanksgiving, be sure to stay on schedule by keeping it classic—don’t try to experiment and go the traditional route with little details, to avoid overthinking. 

Prepare Your Relaxation Moments

Hosting a big day—or week—like Thanksgiving might make you feel like taking a nap or running away to the forest to breathe by yourself for awhile. Unfortunately, your guests would notice if you made a grand escape. That’s why it’s important to set aside the time and the tools to keep yourself energized while being the world’s greatest host. 

Maybe all it takes is a few moments sipping a calming beverage—take a trip to Boise’s Basque DIstrict and pick up your favorite wine or stop by Form and Function for some specialty coffee before your guests arrive. That way, you’ll be ready to treat yourself to a relaxation break, even if it only lasts 5 minutes. 

If your family will be at your place all week, you may want to budget time for a bath—be sure to pick up some calming soap or bath bombs at the Boise Co-Op—or a solo hike in the foothills. Don’t be afraid to claim a few hours for yourself; you and your guests will be much happier if you do!

Have a Backup Plan

We’ve all had a Thanksgiving that didn’t go precisely according to plan. It happens. Give yourself the chance to laugh it off and seamlessly transition to a backup plan by knowing where to go if you need to eat out for Thanksgiving dinner, or what fun events to attend to get everyone out of the house for a few hours. Favorite Treasure Valley Thanksgiving Day events include the Festival of Trees and the TD5k Marathon

You may also want to have a stack of board games or holiday films at the ready, in case the group wants to enjoy some mediated fun together after dinner table discussions or a rowdy football game. 

Be Grateful

This may go without saying, but Thanksgiving is about gratitude. As you ramp up your preparations and start greeting family and friends at your perfectly decorated front door, reflect on all of the things that are wonderful about this gathering. Build a list of little things that you’re truly thankful for—write them down if you need to—and any time you start to feel the stress bubble over, remember what you put on your list and smile instead. 

If, as you’re enjoying your happy Thanksgiving, you look around your home and wish you had space to host a larger party next year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to help you create your dream family gathering space!

Reflections and Forecasts: Why the Treasure Valley is the Best Place to Be in 2019 and Beyond

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We may be a little partial, but you don’t have to take our word for it—Whether you’re measuring in terms of economic growth, housing market, or natural beauty and charm, the Treasure Valley has continued its streak up into national attention as an undeniably great place to live and work this year. The best part? It shows no signs of slowing down. 

As you have likely heard, the Treasure Valley population boom is predicted to continue into the coming years, with the local population predicted to reach 1 million by 2040

While this might be alarming to those of you who enjoy a small town feel, there is no reason to be discouraged. Each city throughout the Treasure Valley seems poised to retain its own character, so there will always be somewhere you can go to reap the benefits of a strong market and enjoy the smaller town life. 

Economic and Market Trends

Early this year, we saw new construction taking over more and more of the Ada County market share. Housing and commercial development is setting the Treasure Valley up for sustained growth. 

It’s a Seller’s Market…

A soaring population has made the Treasure Valley a wonderfully lucrative seller’s market this year, with market signs suggesting continued growth.  

The Boise City-Nampa market was recently forecasted to rise 8.5% in the coming year. Boise’s North End alone saw listings up 13% from September 2018 to September 2019. We are overjoyed to have been a part of several selling journeys and look forward to more in the coming year. 

…But don’t let that discourage you from buying

It may be a traditional seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad time to buy. With forecasts predicting continued growth, there is every reason to make an investment today. And why would you want to sleep on becoming a Treasure Valley local at this pivotal time?

City Growth Throughout the Treasure Valley

Boise

The Boise-Nampa metropolitan area has continued its 1.7% growth rate per year, in terms of population and available employment, remaining among the top metropolitan growth rates in the U.S with no reason to believe it will slow down. 

It’s not just Boise that’s growing, either. The entire Treasure Valley is experiencing unique growth, and each city has new and historic perks that should put them on your list of considerations 

Meridian

Meridian was recently named seventh on a national list of growing municipalities—a title claimed due to its economic growth, which is especially strong in the housing market. If you are looking for a new construction home and a great investment, you’ll want to look there. 

Meridian is the place to be for a small town feel with big city amenities and a low crime rate. It makes a strong case for Treasure Valley living with its beautiful landscape and foliage and has even been ranked the #1 Place To Live in the US

Star

Star has been called “ground zero for growth” in the Treasure Valley, and its predicted population growth from 11,000 to 30,000 by 2040 is one major reason why. If you are looking for somewhere to start a commercial development project, consider Star, as it is a hotbed for potential commercial and economic growth. 

If you’d like to be a 23 minute drive away from the bustle of Boise, and want an opportunity to experience local beauty, quiet, and a highly affordable Treasure Valley city, think about laying down roots in Star!

In addition to all this quantifiable growth, we want to remind you that the Treasure Valley simply is the best place to live! With countless cozy coffee shops, some historic, some newcomers, limitless outdoor exploration opportunities, unique nightlife, and countless opportunities to make your mark in the local community, we truly can’t think of a better place to live. 
As the holiday season closes in, we are entering a time of reflection. We’re feeling especially grateful for all of the wonderful local growth we have been a part of this year, and can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store. Are you ready to join us? Contact us today to be a part of this special time in the Treasure Valley!

November Newsletter

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The weather outside may be cooling down in the Treasure Valley, but the market continues to heat up. There is really no better time to be a buyer or seller in the Boise area, and we can’t wait to work together with you on your property journey! If the arrival of the holidays has you worried about the amount of space in your house or the best way to accommodate family and friends, check out our new listings—it may be time for you to find your dream home. 

If you’re feeling inspired to embark on a development project, reach out to us with your ideas, and we will help you turn it into a plan! If you’re not sure how we can help, we’ve shared some of our specific offerings for you to peruse. Let yourself be inspired, and give us a call for our input on how to implement all your amazing development ideas. 

Click below to read our full newsletter for market insight, information about our land use planning services and more!

How To Throw The Perfect Football Party

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Football season is a special time of year. It can bring people together cheering for their favorite teams or create a bit of friendly tension with football rivalries. It’s also a great time of year to entertain your guests by tailgating at home. Who doesn’t love dressing up in their favorite team jersey with a drink in one hand and nachos in the other? Here are a few tips to help you throw the perfect football party this season. 

Be careful who you invite

We all know that one person who takes football season way too seriously. You know the one. It’s the person who paints their face even if they are watching the game at home alone. It’s the one who picks up a chair and throws it at the TV when their team is down by 10 points. That person who is yelling and screaming and freaking out the kids. That’s the person who is likely to ruin your entertainment center and the good vibes. If having a chat with this fanatic about their behavior isn’t something that’s possible, it’s probably best to leave them off the guest list altogether. 

Themed drinks and snacks

Sure, it’s possible to have a great time watching the game without the extra touches that themed drinks and snacks can bring, but where is the fun in that? Take this season to the next level by adding a few football-themed items into the mix. Add some vinyl laces to your mason jar mugs and *bam*, suddenly you have football-themed drinking containers perfect for hot or cold drinks. If you like DIY projects and enjoy football this could be the perfect project for you this football season. 

Make sure the fridge is stocked

You never want to run out of food, drink, or ice during a party. It’s the worst. You have to find the one sober person who is old enough to drive to run for the store for whatever was inadequately stocked; and who knows if they’ll get it right or where they may stop along the way. Make sure you get everything you need ahead of time and you won’t have to worry about shortages when game day rolls around. And while we are on the subject of grocery runs—grab some toilet paper, hand soap, and paper towels so they are ready for your guests as well. 

Don’t forget about the grill

You don’t want your guests showing up on game day only to discover you are out of charcoal or forgot to refill the propane tanks. Before you head out for your food and drink runs, be sure to take a quick look to be sure you have enough fuel on hand for an afternoon or evening full of grilling. It’s the absolute worst to run out of heat in the middle of grilling up some juicy meats and tasty veggies. Avoid a game day faux-pas by making sure you have your grill situation in order. 

When it’s time for kickoff, you’ll still have your sanity in check if you follow these simple tips for game day. Then all you have left to do is sit back and enjoy the game with your guests. 

Prepare Your Home For Ice & Snow

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Protecting your home during the winter is an important yearly ritual. Very often fear of disaster is accompanied by this annual chore. This year we encourage you to make this a pleasant experience for you and your family to care for your house together. Use it as a teaching and bonding moment to prepare your future generations on proper home care, but most of all, make it fun! How can it NOT be fun to blow the water out of your sprinklers!

Wait, do what with the sprinklers!?

You read that correctly. One of the most vital things you can do to prepare and protect your home from the cold is to deal with the outside water flow. This can include but is not limited to, fountains, sprinkler systems, and hoses.

Create a game with your family to see who can find the most outdoor water sources around your house. You might find faucets you didn’t know existed, but you may also find things you wouldn’t think to look for such as art decorations, watering stations or other things you added to your yard during the summer. 

Then work as a family to drain the hose or fountain and turn off the water to outside faucets if that option is available in your home. If not, drain the hoses and tubes that connect your water feature to the water supply in the home. Some also like to add insulated covers to the outside faucets. 

Finally, if you have a sprinkler system, used compressed air to blow the remaining water from the labyrinth of tubes beneath the ground as your kids dance around in the yard. This is not an activity just for children. Water Disco anyone? Just because it’s a chore, doesn’t mean you can’t create lasting memories with your loved ones.

Other Outdoor Preparations
After you’ve made sure to prepare all of the water sources in your home, turn to the other tasks around the outside of your home that need attention before cold and snow blow into town. Clean out your gutters, remove tree branches that could fall if wet, heavy snow weighs them down, inspect your fireplace from the outside, and fix any roof leaks. 

These types of chores can be the least fun part of owning a home, we totally get it. But, by going through these steps each fall you’ll save yourself the headache of mishaps during the coldest parts of the year, that could leave you and your family displaced. Who wants to spend the holidays in a hotel while repairs are being made to your roof? 

This is also a good time to clean all of your lawn and garden equipment and prepare them for winter storage. Make it a family activity to work through the list, even the wee ones can get involved. Future you will thank you!

Indoor Preparations

The list of things you can do to prepare for cold weather seems to be never-ending. One may argue that one of the more important things you can do to prepare is to have your home inspected for any electrical problems. The freezing temps and the cold wind is no time for you to lose electricity due to a problem you could have fixed in advance. 

You’ll also want to check your fireplace from the inside to make sure there are no concerns. Be sure to change your furnace filter and turn on the heat to make sure everything is working as it should. This is a perfect time to make sure your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly or to prep your propane tanks for the cold if you use propane to heat your home. 

Have all the kiddos go around the house to check the heater vents and make sure there are no pieces of furniture blocking the vents and that you’ve moved all plants or delicious chocolates away from areas that tend to get the most heat. 

Final Touches

You’re finally done with the big stuff you needed to do to prepare your home for the cold. Now, it’s time to pay attention to the little details that will make life more comfortable during the cooler months. 

Change the direction of your ceiling fans, buy an automatic or smart thermostat, check your windows and doors for places that may need to be sealed. Adjusting your curtains and blinds can also have an insulative effect and help keep the warm air inside with you and your family. Consider getting freeze and flood sensors or other environmental sensors for your home and look into other smart features that may make the winter months more enjoyable.

Now sit back and relax and prepare yourself for a winter full of fun, memories, and spending time with those you love most. 

Making the Perfect Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and now is a great time to start planning your Thanksgiving day menu and thinking about how you’ll make the perfect Thanksgiving tablescape this year. We’ve got some tips, tricks, and examples for formal, casual and homemade tablescapes to help you out, so read on.

What is a tablescape?

A tablescape is a tabletop design in which every element is carefully and deliberately chosen. You may have also heard it referred to as a tabletop decoration, tabletop arrangement, or a centerpiece. But, a true tablescape is more involved than a centerpiece and is often planned out in advance. Tablescapes generally follow a theme or intention and there should be a sense of balance or harmony within each of the items chosen for the tablescape. There shouldn’t be anything that is too overwhelming or distracting from the rest of the elements, though there should be details that help to bring it all together. 

Formal tablescapes

After you’ve decided on a theme and design, it’s time to decide if you will have a formal table setting or an informal table setting to complement your tablescape this Thanksgiving. Each choice comes with its own sets of benefits, but the big drawback of a formal tablescape is that it does require a little more time and effort. You’ll have to get out all of your fine dining pieces. That may include polishing silver and washing all of your fine dining dishes by hand. Then doing it all over again after dinner. Don’t take on more than you want this holiday season, you can still have a gorgeous tablescape if you don’t incorporate any of the formal setting ideas into your dinner.  

Casual, informal tablescapes

Forget the fancy dishes and extra work. This year you want to leave behind tradition and get creative. You can still set the table in a relaxed and visually pleasing way, but have more room on the table and make it a more family-friendly (read spill-proof) experience. Take time to consider new ways to insert creativity into your design. Have you ever played with fun fonts for name cards? Or maybe you are celebrating in a beach house this year (or just wish you were) and you don’t have your usual holiday dinnerware and you want to sprinkle a coastal feel throughout your Thanksgiving dinner. Perhaps you are in the desert, why not throw some air plants into your tablescape? Or for the most minimally labor-intensive tablescape, just pick two colors, say gold and black, and go nuts. 

Handmade tablescapes

Maybe you have decided this is going to be a super chill holiday with family and friends this year. You want to make some memories and share traditions, but you don’t want any stress or hassle. This year, you want to focus on spending time with loved ones and eating delicious food. One way to hit all of those marks is to make your own tablescape centerpiece cornucopia. You can make your own from scratch or buy the main piece and spend time with your kiddos or friends filling it in with all those things that make your community feel abundant.  And don’t forget the little ones. Just because they have their own pint-sized table doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be included in a fun tablescape design this Thanksgiving.

No matter which direction you decide to go for your Thanksgiving dinner, we are sure it will be the right choice for you and your family. Send us pictures of your tablescape this year and tell us which of these tips you used to make it perfect! 

Modern Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas for Each Course

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It’s never too early to prep for Thanksgiving. This year, we are here to help you get your kitchen in order with a collection of some of our favorite recipes for a modern take on a Thanksgiving menu. Check out our ideas below and let us know if you have any favorite holiday recipes. 
Snacks

Snacking before a big family meal is decadent. But, that’s what the holidays are all about, right? Eating, drinking and being merry with those we love most is a great excuse to whip up a quick snack for everyone to graze on before the food starts pouring out of the kitchen. We like this Fall Themed Chex Mix because it’s something that everyone can enjoy, and the ingredients can be adjusted to account for dietary restrictions in your family. Plus, those tiny cornucopias are just *too much*.
Drinks

Who said drinks aren’t a course on a Thanksgiving menu? Not us. A delicious drink can take some time and finesse to perfect for the holidays and we think it’s just as important as any other recipe on Thanksgiving day. This gorgeous Cranberry Blood-Orange Spritz even has a non-alcoholic option so everyone in the family can join in.
Appetizer

A modern menu doesn’t have to mean a bunch of extra work. It will be easy to impress your friends and family this holiday with fancy-looking menu options that won’t take up all your time so you can focus on the main event. We love these Warm Spiced Olives with a Creamy Cauliflower Dip.

Main Entree

Just because you want to modernize your Thanksgiving menu doesn’t mean you can’t still create new recipes from traditional meals. Turkey is a tried and true main course, and with these moderns takes, it will be a breeze to create these dishes for your holiday. This Sous Vide Turkey Breast with Crispy Skin recipe is sure to delight. Or maybe the Red Wine Braised Turkey Legs would work better for your family. Either way, don’t forget to try this Umami Gravy regardless of which turkey recipe you make. 

Sides

Have you ever made a Panzanella? It’s also known as a bread salad and the one we are about to suggest has put a modern twist on an Italian classic. Before you brush this one off as being a little too different for your family holiday, might we suggest you check out this yummy recipe for a Winter Greens Panzanella? It’s a dish in a dish that looks delish! 

Dessert

It’s finally time for dessert and we think it’s perfectly reasonable to have several options when it comes to the sweet stuff. The Big Almond Orange Ginger Cookie sounds just right for those who want a pinch of sugar after enjoying such a lovely holiday meal. But, for those who aren’t ready to stop with the decadence just yet, we love the sound of this Deep Dish Maple Bourbon Creme Pie

Please let us know if you try any of these recipes! We’d be so happy to hear how much your family loves trying some new flavors this Thanksgiving. 

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, & Hayrides! Oh My!

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It’s finally the fall season and you know what that means, right? The foliage around Southwestern Idaho is breathtaking and it’s a great time to take a short road trip and soak in all the stunning colors surrounding our great city. But, if you have members of the family who don’t road trip well, or you just can’t imagine making *yet another* bathroom stop on what was meant to be a one-day adventure, then maybe some of the autumn activities in and around town may be more appealing to your family!

Pumpkin Patches
Who doesn’t love a pumpkin patch? Whether you find a small roadside patch or visit a large farm, one can always find the perfect pumpkin addition to the family. You’ll have the opportunity to peruse pumpkins with the family in every shape, size, and color this season. Grab some of those picture-perfect moments for your upcoming holiday photo collage and to remember this experience for years to come. Gallivanting around a pumpkin patch is just as colorful and beautiful as gallivanting around the mountains…and with fewer bathroom breaks in the woods. Check out the Farmstead Festival in Meridian.

Mazes
Corn mazes have become the “lite” version experience of haunted houses, which is great because that means every human member of the family can participate. We’ll bet there is even someplace out there that will let you bring your four-legged family members in for some corn maze fun. From the creative mazes designed with little ones in mind that are made by stacking bales of hay, to the full-on mazes designed from corn that stands 7 feet tall, there is no lack of variation when it comes to mazes. Some farms even have multiple maze types on site so that everyone in your group has a chance to get just the right about of spooky this season. Get lost in the Queys Maze in Mountain Home.

Hayrides
I don’t know about you, but when I think of hayrides, I smell a campfire, hot apple cider, and horses. Hayrides are a lovely way to take in more than just the stunning fall colors of Boise and offer a fully immersed sensory experience that everyone can enjoy. Did you know there are even haunted hayrides? Just make sure to wear proper clothing if the hay makes you or a family member itchy or make sure to have some non-drowsy allergy meds on hand if someone can’t stop sneezing. Give a visit to Twin Oaks Farm in Eagle.

One-Stop-Shop
If you want to get a little bit of everything in this season but don’t want to take multiple trips, we have it on good authority that there are farms around Boise and Southwestern Idaho that have multiple activities available to give you the full fall experience in one stop. Grab a hot cocoa and take a stroll through a corn maze or spend some time in a petting zoo with the kiddos. Then take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, pick your favorite pumpkin, take no less than 1 million photos for the ‘gram, and head back home with a car full of happy family members and new pumpkins to join you for the season.

Want more info about these types of activities in Boise and the surrounding areas? Check out this compilation of events.

How To Create A Welcoming Front Porch For Fall

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Fall is officially here! Time to make sure your home is ready for colder weather, and it’s also time to create a welcoming front porch. This is especially important if you’re looking to sell your home this fall! By creating a welcoming entryway into your home, you’re allowing family, friends, and potential buyers to feel completely comfortable when they enter your house. Did you know buyers make a decision on whether they like a house within 8 seconds of seeing it? If your front porch hooks them, we can guarantee they’ll want to see the rest of your house!

Read on to learn our tips and tricks on how to create the best fall porch ever. 

Maintenance

Before you actually begin decorating, it’s essential to keep up the maintenance on the exterior of your home. If you’re noticing peeling paint, fix it! Or better yet, hire a local contractor to do the hard stuff for you. We recommend Natural Born Painters for all of our painting needs.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, you could opt to paint your front door! By choosing a comforting hue for your door, you’re setting the tone for all who enter your home. Check out this blog for the do’s and don’ts of how to choose the perfect color for your front door.

A Clean Slate

Once your exterior home maintenance is complete, you’ll want to clean your porch, front entry way, sidewalk and yard. If raking leaves and doing fall landscaping is not in your wheelhouse, we recommend using Alluring Lawn Service. They’ll be able to get your yard ready for fall and winter, and keep it looking sharp! A tidy yard has major curb appeal and it’ll make your spring yard maintenance easier. 

Decor

Now to the fun part! Decor! I don’t know about y’all, but I love decorating my front porch for fall. 

Wreaths

In order to make my porch welcoming, I always include a wreath on my door. You can find many pre-made wreaths at craft and home good stores. Another option is to make your own! If you want to be absolutely sure your wreath goes with your color scheme of your house, making your own is simple and easy. Check out this blog for some wreath inspiration

Door Mats + Rugs

If you’re a Pinterest fan, you’ll notice tons of “porch inspo” on there. At this moment in time, it’s very popular to layer a doormat over a small rug at your front door. Whether you hop on this trend or not, having a cute and appealing doormat is essential for guests to wipe their feet and leave the mud outside vs. tracking it through your gorgeous home!

Seating

If your porch is large enough to accommodate seating, we suggest you dress up this area and make it comfy by adding fall-inspired throw pillows, throw blankets, and a lantern for some additional light.

Plants

Mums are my favorite to plant in cute planters on my porch! If you’re looking to add some natural beauty and color to your porch, mums are the way to go. As Halloween approaches, you can even place some mums into a pumpkin.
I hope these tips will help you create a wonderfully welcoming porch at your home! If you’re looking for more helpful tips on how to create more curb appeal, or would like information on how much your home is currently worth (and tips on how to improve it’s value), give us a call! We’d love to hear from you.