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805 Laurel Ave, Boulder CO 80303

Sold in 30 days for $25,000 over list price with multiple offers!

Sale price: $726,500

Beautiful home in Country Club Park w/ incredible views of the Flatirons. Large nicely landscaped lot. Lots of updating w/new furnace, hot water heater &new roof. Walking distance to Meadows Shopping Center, library, near University, Parks & Trails. Eat in kitchen, non-conforming 4th Bedroom in bsmt. Beautiful hardwood floors. This home shows well & the very best value in this great neighborhood near schools, East Boulder Rec, & Denver access. Great location & well cared for home. Better Hurry!

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A CHEAP MOUNTAIN GETAWAY – BUILD YOUR OWN LOG CABIN

A CHEAP MOUNTAIN GETAWAY – BUILD YOUR OWN LOG CABIN

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There are not many better ways of spending some quality time with your partner, friends or family than hitting the road and going to a secluded spot in the mountains. It’s less noisy, the air is cleaner, you have a lot of privacy, and being close to nature just brings a smile to your face. However, mountain resorts and popular forest vacation spots can be a bit pricey and crowded so, unless you have a cozy little vacation house of your own tucked away somewhere in the hills, you won’t really get all the peace and quiet you were hoping for. Well, you don’t have to be an oil tycoon or a film star to afford a rustic little home in the wilderness – with some careful planning and hard work, you can build your very own log cabinon a relatively small budget.

DETERMINE THE COMPLEXITY OF THE PROJECT

There are several different types of log cabin that vary in size, complexity and available amenities. In its simplest form, the log cabin is a small, single story affair – with a door, a small window and a roof with a small chimney. The interior consists of a single big room with a fireplace, but medium-sized cabins often have a separate bedroom and a wood-burning stove in the common area. Larger cabins can have two floors and a number of rooms with running water and electricity. It all depends on what level of comfort you desire and how much you want to spend.

DEAL WITH THE BUREAUCRATIC SIDE OF THINGS FIRST

Some important things to consider when planning on building your own cabin are:

  • Finding and buying the right property
  • Drawing up floor plans
  • Getting a building permit

 

YOU WILL NEED TO INVEST IN SOME GOOD TOOLS

The essential building materials are logs, concrete, stone, mortar, roof tiles and insulating material. If you decide to undertake the project yourself, assuming it is a smaller cabin, your biggest expense will be the materials and the power tools required for the task.

A good chainsaw is essential for this project. It can be used for a number of tasks including felling (if you own the land on which the trees grow and you have the right paperwork from the authorities), pruning and bucking. There are plenty of different shapes, sizes and brands, so make sure to do your research before buying a chainsaw. They are a dangerous tool, so the right safety equipment and the proper, safe cutting techniques need to be used when operating them. You will also need a cordless power drill with various accessories, handheld circular saw, a draw knife for peeling the logs, a chisel, hammer and a number of your standard tool box items. Good tools will help make the work much easier and faster, so don’t try to cut any corners here.

IT TAKES TIME AND PATIENCE, BUT IT IS WORTH THE WAIT

The logs need to be cut to size, peeled (a lot of hard work) and treated with protective coating that prevents cracking, damage from insects, etc. The space between each log must be insulated and you’ll need insulation on the inner walls, the floor and roof. The floor should be slightly elevated from the ground and leveled precisely. Everything needs to fit together tightly and the construction may take some time. You will need to put in quite a bit of work and be patient, but in the end, it will all be worth it. You will end up with a beautiful, cozy cabin out in the wilderness – a great vacation place for a very small price.

A Cheap Mountain Getaway - Build Your Own Log Cabin

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THE 3 TYPES OF PROFESSIONAL HOME BUYERS

THE 3 TYPES OF PROFESSIONAL HOME BUYERS

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During the process of choosing the right investor for your property, it is imperative to understand what type of investor he or she is.  Is the investor a “fix and flip” kind?  A “buy and hold”?  Are they planning on being the end buyer at all thus garnering them the label of “wholesaler”?  You may think this doesn’t matter but as we will see, it is extremely important to understand what type of investor you are entering a contract with and what it means for you and your property.

THE “FIX AND FLIP”

He or she purchases a property that has equity at about a maximum of 70% market value, remodels it, or fixes it up in a relatively short amount of time (usually around 4-8 weeks), and then sells it on the open market.  For the investor there’s a lot of time and money tied up in a deal like this but also an opportunity to turn a nice sized profit this way.  This type of investor may require an “option period” during the contract to bring out an inspector and get repair bids but a seasoned investor should have an excellent idea of what things cost and be able to quickly calculate fix-up costs with a thorough walk-through.  They may or may not submit a cash offer.  Many investors work with a line-of-credit through a local bank that works just as well as cash.  This conserves their capital which, in many cases, the investor may use for fix-up costs.  It could normally take anywhere from 14-30 days to close with this type of  bank line-of-credit.  Whereas a cash buyer may be able to close somewhat faster, however it is important to realize that just because someone is offering a cash purchase does not mean you can close tomorrow.  The title company still will need time to review the deed, check for outstanding liens, and draw up necessary documentation.

THE “BUY AND HOLD”

This individual will want to purchase a property with the plan to hold onto it for a long period of time as a rental property.  In this case, the subject property does not necessarily need to have much equity for them to purchase, just good rental potential with cash flow.  Although be aware that a home with little to no equity means that you, as the seller, will not walk away with much in your pocket.  Additionally, this type of investor is going to want to purchase a property that will not require a huge monetary investment in order to get it “rent ready”.

THE “WHOLESALER”

This type of investor is the one that could pose the most risk to you, the seller.  In this case, the investor you are meeting with initially will not be the end buyer of your house.  Wholesalers typically will get a property under contract with a seller for one price and then try and find an end buyer to “flip” the property (really the contract) to before the agreed close date.  This is completely legal and has the potential to be a win-win if it’s done correctly and with full disclosure.   However, please be aware that if you, the homeowner, are under any sort of time constraints, this can be disastrous for you.  The investor will have protected himself with some sort of way out of the contract, usually an ‘option’ or ‘due diligence’ period.  If they cannot find an end buyer, they can walk away, leaving you 14-30 days down the road in the same situation you were in.  If you are facing foreclosure, this can be catastrophic.

Selling to an investor should be a positive and relatively simple process.  After all selling your house to an investor at a discount should be full of benefits to you and your situation.   Do your home work!  Find out what type of investor you are dealing with.  Ask questions and don’t accept vague answers.  There are many honest, professional investors out there.  Don’t settle until you find the one that’s right for your unique real estate situation.

 

 

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WHAT SHOULD YOU REALLY LOOK AT WHEN BUYING A HOME?

WHAT SHOULD YOU REALLY LOOK AT WHEN BUYING A HOME?

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Lately, there doesn’t seem to be as much inventory available in the real estate market as there are buyers looking to find a new home. This means that sellers are in the very fortunate position of having a large pool of homebuyers looking at their houses – and if they’re lucky, quick and perhaps even multiple offers could be rolling in. But for buyers, current market conditions can mean that they have little time to make a decision about putting an offer on a home they may have seen only briefly.

These circumstances dictate that buyers must be organized, prepared, and ready to make a quick move on a property they want before anyone else has an opportunity to move on it. And that means that buys don’t have the luxury of time to nitpick every feature of a new home. So what are the important features to consider?

Here are a few items that might be important to look at, and some that you shouldn’t allow to be deal breakers in a seller’s market:

Important Considerations                                                              

Location – could you live here?    Do you like the neighborhood? The neighbors? The schools? Access to parks, shopping, and public transportation? Is there enough parking for your family?

Safety – are there any security or safety issues you notice about the property – or the neighborhood in general? Doing a little research about the neighborhood up front could put you in the driver’s seat if you need to make a quick decision about whether to make an offer..

Overall condition – does the home appear in good shape? Are all of the main systems functioning well? What about the garage, attic, roof, and basement? Do you notice any obvious water damage or structural problems?

*Remember that to be sure of a property’s condition, it’s a good idea to have the home inspected. 

Size and floor plan – unless you have unlimited money for renovations or an addition, this is something you will have to live with for at least a while. Don’t forget to think about storage, in addition to the number of bathrooms and bedrooms you need and the size of kitchen and living space necessary for your family.

Your future – is your family going to be getting bigger in the future? If it is, be sure to factor in room to grow. Or if you’re looking for a property that will not need a lot of maintenance in the future, this is also something to keep in mind.

Less Important Features

Dated or unappealing decorating – you can change this. Imagine your own belongings and style in the house and remember that your style will be reflected in how you decide to decorate.

Paint colors – while it can be hard to look beyond colors that curdle your blood, this is a must. Changing the paint on your walls is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to spruce up a home and make it a reflection of your tastes..

Small repairs – obviously you want a new home to be in reasonably good shape, but if the current owners haven’t had the time or means to make small fixes, ask yourself whether they are items you could repair with ease once you move in.

Finishing touches – the bells and whistles might be an appealing aspect of a new home, but do you need them at the outset? If you could update small fixtures or window treatments yourself later on, don’t lose out on the entire house because it lacks perfection in every detail.

In short, if you’re looking to buy a home in a seller’s market, you need to strike the right balance; if you’re too cautious, you risk missing an opportunity, but if you’re easily dazzled, you could end up overlooking a major flaw. And you need to be able to do this quickly. Be prepared; do your homework on the neighborhood and property if possible before you start booking showings. Partner with a savvy real estate agent who understands what you’re looking for and has good resources in place to identify properties quickly so that you can make a move.

 

John Marcotte
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THE TOP 10 FASTEST AND BOTTOM 10 SLOWEST-MOVING U.S. HOUSING MARKETS!

THE TOP 10 FASTEST AND BOTTOM 10 SLOWEST-MOVING U.S. HOUSING MARKETS!

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Now that Spring has finally sprung, the process of shopping for a new home or selling a current home can be the foremost item on the agenda of a great many Americans!

The unfortunate fact is, however, that not all housing markets around the country are growing and thriving at the same pace. This is similar to the way in which the financial crisis a few years ago hit some areas much harder than it hit others.

With that in mind Trulia has put together lists of the Top 10 Fastest-Moving Housing Markets and the Bottom 10 of the Slowest-Moving Housing Markets.

What does a Metro area being on one of these lists mean for prospective buyers and sellers?

Although those who already active in the market likely are aware of these statistics, it provides others who may not be an idea of how aggressive they may need to be in a fast-moving market when making an offer or on the flip-side conservative in a slow-moving market.

The same type of thinking would also go for sellers in terms of how accommodating they need to be when receiving an offer.

 

 

These are the lists of the Top 10 and the Bottom 10 Fastest and Slowest-Moving Housing Markets in the USA!

America’s Top 10 Fastest-Moving Housing Markets

# U.S. Metro

Share of homes still for sale after being listed for at least two months, mid-April 2014

Share of homes still for sale after being listed for at least two months, mid-April 2013

Difference in share still for sale, 2014 vs 2013

Asking prices, Y-o-Y % Change, March 2014

1 Oakland, CA

29%

31%

-2%

22.7%

2 San Jose, CA

31%

35%

-4%

13.4%

3 San Francisco, CA

32%

36%

-4%

15.1%

4 Denver, CO

38%

47%

-8%

9.6%

5 San Diego, CA

41%

45%

-4%

14.0%

6 Seattle, WA

43%

49%

-6%

11.2%

7 Los Angeles, CA

44%

40%

4%

17.0%

8 Orange County, CA

45%

38%

6%

14.9%

9 Sacramento, CA

45%

41%

4%

22.2%

10 Middlesex County, MA

46%

52%

-6%

7.3%

 

America’s Top 10 Slowest-Moving Housing Markets

# U.S. Metro

Share of homes still for sale after being listed for at least two months, mid-April 2014

Share of homes still for sale after being listed for at least two months, mid-April 2013

Difference in share still for sale, 2014 vs 2013

Asking prices, Y-o-Y % Change, March 2014

1 Richmond, VA

72%

61%

11%

3.6%

2 Hartford, CT

71%

67%

4%

-1.2%

3 Albany, NY

70%

70%

0%

-1.5%

4 New Haven, CT

70%

68%

3%

-0.3%

5 Long Island, NY

70%

68%

2%

4.8%

6 Knoxville, TN

68%

64%

4%

6.2%

7 Springfield, MA

67%

66%

1%

3.0%

8 Columbia, SC

67%

67%

0%

8.0%

9 Birmingham, AL

66%

67%

0%

16.7%

10 Greenville, SC

66%

66%

0%

6.1%

 

 

 

 

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3 COMMON ERRORS SELLERS MAKE WHEN SELLING THEIR HOUSE FAST

3 COMMON ERRORS SELLERS MAKE WHEN SELLING THEIR HOUSE FAST

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Unless you sell houses everyday, it’s easy to make a mistake when you need to sell your house fast.Of course, everyone makes mistakes, but when it comes to selling your home a mistake might cost you tens of thousands of dollars.

So it’s best to do your research.

Fortunately, many of the most common mistakes that homeowners make can be easily avoided if you know what to look for.

1. THE HIGHEST OFFER IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST OFFER

When you need money it can be tempting to just accept the highest bid on your property. However that might be one of the biggest mistakes you can make, especially if you need money quickly.

Many buyers in Seattle, WA know that a fast sale means you’re looking for money and so they’ll over-inflate their bid, knowing that they’ll never go through with the sale at that price.

Instead, they wait until after you’ve accepted their offer and find a reason in your contract or after an appraisalto ask for a reduction in price before closing.

That’s because buyers know that once you’ve committed to selling to them, you’re likely to be emotionally invested in the sale and are more likely to agree to their request.

Not only does that net you a lower amount in the end, but it can also result in wasted time while the two of you find a new compromise.

2. DON’T PAY TOO MANY REAL ESTATE FEES

In the desire to make a sale was quickly as possible, some sellers agree to take on more than their fair share of expenses: transaction fees, closing costs, real estate commissions, appraisals, and/or a list of items that the buyer wants fixed before closing.

Remember that all of these expenses are negotiable. Before agreeing to a deal you should decide which of these fees you’re willing to pay for and which are off the table when it comes to the sale.

Some buyers may even agree to an “as-is” sale, which can decrease your expenses dramatically.

3. MAKE SURE THE BUYER HAS THE ABILITY TO CLOSE

Before agreeing to a bid make sure your buyer actually has the ability to close. This is especially true if you’re looking at a cash home purchase.

Always ask to see bank statements or other proof of ability to pay. Otherwise, you may get tied up in a contract, just to have the buyer try and assign it to another buyer.

Worse yet, if they can’t assign it to another buyer they may walk away completely and leave you stranded.

So make sure to pick a buyer that is qualified to buy your home and actually has the funds to follow through.

SELLING YOUR HOME QUICKLY AND PAIN FREE

Spend a little bit of extra time making sure your buyer has the funds they promise actually available and evaluate all the offers on the table. The little bit of extra time spent upfront will help you save time in the long run and may help lower your final expenses.

Follow these tips and, before long, you’ll be busy enjoying the money you made from the sale of your home.

 

 

 

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SIX WAYS YOU CAN PREVENT MOLD IN YOUR HOME

SIX WAYS YOU CAN PREVENT MOLD IN YOUR HOME

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Now that spring has sprung and snow is melting, homeowners everywhere are dealing with more leaks, flooding and related problems in their homes. As if this isn’t enough trouble, with water damage comes mold. Fortunately, you can prevent mold this spring. These six simple and practical tips will help you control moisture, properly ventilate your home, thoroughly clean and ultimately prevent mold from growing in your home.

REPOSITION YOUR DOWNSPOUTS

If you don’t position your downspouts so that water drainsawayfrom the house, debris, soil and stones build up, holding water against the foundation of the home. When this happens, if there are cracks in your foundation, water seeps inside your home—and fast. Repositioning the downspouts will help ensure the interior of your home remains nice and dry and, as a result, free of fungal growth.

USE A DEHUMIDIFIER

Many homes have a closed-loop ventilation system, which essentially recirculates the same air indoors. To purify your air and prevent indoor air contaminants from collecting, consider using a dehumidifier. Your basement, for example, is a great place to install a dehumidifier, because basements are generally damp. The dehumidifier will help keep the relative humidity between 30 and 50 per cent, thereby preventing black mold growth.

INSPECT YOUR CRAWL SPACE

Inspect your crawlspace, your attic or any room you tend to overlook or think little about. Because you don’t spend a great deal of time in these rooms, you will neither consider nor suspect mold. The longer mold grows, the greater its damage. Not only will the cost to remediate the problem increase, but your health may worsen because of ongoing mold exposure. So, it’s crucial you detect mold in its earliest stages. Inspecting the rooms you don’t usually will help you do just that.

REPAIR ALL LEAKS

If the wintry weather has damaged your home’s foundation or roofing, leaving cracks of any size, water enters. When you have moisture, the right temperature and a food source (think drywall), mold can grow within just 24 to 48 hours. That said, act fast to detect and repair all sources of moisture indoors. Fix leaking pipes, deteriorating window sills or frames and a cracked chimney or foundation. Inspect areas of your home where there’s more plumbing and potential for leaks: in the basement and underneath the bathroom and kitchen sinks. Unfortunately, you can’t always see a leaking pipe. In many cases, it’s behind a wall or underneath a floor board. For assurance and peace of mind, consider infrared inspection. An infrared inspection will reveal any hidden moisture intrusion or existing water damage. Remember, if the source of moisture is neither detected nor eliminated, mold remediation is a temporary solution, futile even, as the mold will develop over time.

FREQUENTLY CLEAN

Clean your carpets; furniture; kitchen crevices; bathroom grout; and all the dark, damp corners of your home, as this will help you keep tabs on problem areas. You’re more likely to locate water damage and prevent mold if you’re cleaning on a regular basis.

REMODEL YOUR INTERIOR

If you’re not into the idea of regularly cleaning your carpets, scouring them for mold, consider removing them entirely. Carpets are notorious for trapping moisture, remaining wet, and becoming ideal breeding ground for mold. If hardwood or tile doesn’t appeal to you, consider using a runner or a rug. They’re easier to dry if water-damaged and easier to replace if contaminated with mold. Also consider stripping the wallpaper and using anti-fungal paint, or adding mold inhibitors to paint. These remodelling efforts are especially worthwhile in moisture-rich rooms. Every building is susceptible to mold and, as long as you live and work indoors, you are at risk of exposure. Protect your home and your health this spring, when mold is a major threat. Always control moisture, keep sufficient airflow and clean your home. This isn’t necessarily difficult to achieve, either, as even these six small and simple chores or changes will get you there.

 

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HOW TO FIX A LEAKING ROOF

HOW TO FIX A LEAKING ROOF

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A leaking roof is a cause of great concern as it can turn into a bigger disaster in a very short time. There is a way out to escape from the big expenditure by repairing the roof by yourself. Sounds difficult? Absolutely Not! Read on to know how.

 Have a leaking roof? Then better fix it immediately before it gets too late. In case of a bigger damage it’s best to have professional roofing service providers to fix the problem. However, a little knowledge on how to fix a leaking roof can be beneficial in getting away with the problem right away. Knowing some of the ways of roof repair methods will also save you from making a bigger expenditure. At first this may sound very technical but it’s not that difficult to repair minor leaks. To make this easier, given here is a helpful guide on how to repair a leaking roof.

Repairing a Leaking Shingle Roof

Shingle roofs are the easiest ones to fix. At the leak point look out for damages, missing or curled shingles. Curled shingles can be joined back by using either compound in tubes or asphalt roof cement. To replace missing shingles apply good quality roof cement at the bottom; a splotch to the corners and press the shingle over the place.
In case a larger area has been damaged then it’s best to have a new roof installed by professional roofers. Or else replace the old shingles one by one with left over shingles from the previous installation. If you don’t have matching shingles then non-matching ones will do.

Repairing a Leaking Wooden Roof

Repairing a leaking wooden roof is little tough than repairing shingle roof. After inspecting the roof for damaged points, get new shingles or shakes to replace the older ones. Firstly pull out the damaged shake pieces with a hammer and sharp chisel. Be careful to not to scratch the other wooden shakes. Since it’s difficult to force out the nails from shakes, use hacksaw for cutting the heads of nails to pull them out. Measure the gap formed by the damaged shake and replace it with a new shake about 3/8 inch smaller than the original size. Install new shakes by nailing them down with two roofing nails. Push the shake hard enough into the gap and finally seal it with caulking compound.

How to Repair a Flat Roof?

It’s easy to spot leaks on a flat roof. Normally leaks occur at low points or at spots where some damage has occurred. If water is still collected over the leaking area then mop it and leave it to dry off completely. Look out for any cracks or blisters where the top has been damaged. To mend the blisters, slice it with sharp knife from middle and lift the edges. Squeeze out the water, if required, and soak all the water from the roofing layers. Allow the layers to dry out. Spread a thick layer of roof cement on the loose edges of the cut and press down the blister firmly. Finally close the blister with 6d roofing nails and spread another layer of roof cement to cover the blister.

By now, you definitely know how to inspect and repair minor leakage in roofs. However, if you still have any doubts or troubles take help from professionals.

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Boulder Nurseries and Gardening Supplies: Get Planting!

Boulder Nurseries and Gardening Supplies: Get Planting!

longsirisgardensWe love our patio gardens. Boulder nurseries and gardening supplies are ready to help you make yours happen, too. It’s that time of year again, the sun is shining, we’ve got warm weather and spring rain all combining to create the perfect ingredients for the beginning of gardening season. I don’t know about you, but I love digging in the dirt and watching a garden grow all spring and summer. It’s a rewarding pastime, and for those of you excited to get your garden growing this spring, here’s a list of the local nurseries and garden supply stores in the Boulder area.

Harlequin’s Gardens

A standout among Boulder nurseries for over 20 years,Harlequin’s Gardens specializes in Colorado sustainable gardens. The store is well known in gardening circles for the owner, Eve Reshetnik-Brawner’s, near encyclopedic knowledge of plants, flowers and everything garden related. Even a critical car accident in January that left Eve with a fractured pelvis, sacrum, and vertebra hasn’t stopped this business from opening its doors seven days a week starting this month.

Sturtz & Copeland

You wouldn’t know it to see it peeking out onto Valmont, butSturtz & Copeland is huge. In fact, according to their site, it’s Boulder’s largest florist and gardening center. You can get lost for hours in the sights and smells of their greenhouse and the floral arrangements they create are a beauty to behold.

Long’s Gardens

Developed on land that was once far on the outskirts of the city,Long’s Gardens has now become part of the collection of Boulder nurseries and garden supply shops due to the city’s vast expansion. J.D. Long founded the iris garden oasis in 1905 and it’s still in the family to this day. They offer 11 acres of the property on the east side to the public for community gardens and education. Long’s will be opening for the year on April 26th, a little later than usual because of repairs that needed to be made on damages to their irrigation system that were caused by the floods last fall.

The Savvy Hen

If you’re looking for a store that caters to urban homesteaders, then look no further than The Savvy Hen. This store, a recent addition to Pearl Street, caters to chicken and beekeepers, gardeners, food preservers and more. They offer all the supplies and knowledge you’ll need to bring a little bit of the farm into your home. In addition to supplies, they also offer classes to learn a little bit more about urban farming.

CreekSide Tree Nursery

Looking to add some new foliage to your yard this year? Head over to CreekSide Tree Nursery to find the right trees for your home. The owners, Jason and Shannon, have a vast knowledge of Colorado trees and can help you decide which varieties will work best in your soil and sun.

Way to Grow

If you’re more of the indoor gardening type, then Way to Grow is the right choice for you. The store specializes in all the tools you’ll need to grow plants in your home. A hobby that I’m sure has picked up popularity since the legalization of marijuana this past year. In fact, the owner of the Way to Grow chain was charged with distributing marijuana a couple years ago, so you can take that as a sort of testament to their knowledge of indoor gardening.

 

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How to Pack for a Trip to Boulder, Colorado

How to Pack for a Trip to Boulder, Colorado

boulderlayersI know, you probably read the title and thought, “Hello? I live in Boulder, you don’t need to tell me how to pack for my place of residence.” Maybe you didn’t say it quite as formally as that, but you get my point.

However, with as beautiful as Boulder is, you’re going to have friends and family dying to come and visit you. Since there are so many amazing things to do in Boulder, you may just want to send them this link and tell them to follow it to a T.

Enough layers for every weather contingency: We’ve all learned it the hard way at one point or another: no matter what season it is, pack for every season. Sometimes it’s warm enough to be summer during the winter. Sometimes it snows May. Sometimes you’ll get all four seasons in one day. Be prepared.

Four different pairs of running shoes: You’ve got to have the right shoe for the right terrain! Trail runners for Sanitas; road runners for a daily run arounddowntown; Vibrams for barefoot running with shoes on and fashion running shoes for a night on the town. And remember — some folks wear those Vibrams…everywhere.

Carabineers: They aren’t just for rock climbing! In Boulder, they are your link to all your earthly possessions. You need one for your keys in your pocket and one to clip your water bottle to your backpack. Your guests will need one for your spare keys. Hell, bring a few extra for your backpack in case you need to clip a few more things to it. You never know.

Antacids or heartburn medicine: No, the food here won’t make you sick. But the sheer amount of delicious eateries located downtown might have you packing in a little too much at a time. You might think you can never have enough farm-to-table meals in one day, but if you try all of the options available in Downtown Boulder, you might find yourself rethinking that notion.

Good pen for signing petitions: When you visit Boulder, you won’t yet be accustomed to the barrage of petitions that you’re asked to sign on any given day and you won’t have developed a system for avoiding these folks, so you’ll likely get suckered into a couple of petitions, regardless of the fact that you aren’t a registered voter in Boulder county (you can definitely use that excuse though).

A healthy liver: Not that you can exactly through this into a suitcase, but just make sure that your liver is in good shape because, with access to several world famous microbreweries and more bars than you can shake an out of state driver’s license at, you can bet you’ll be testing the limits of your liver’s capabilities.

Rolling papers: Yup, weed is legal here now (maybe that’s the reason you’re taking the trip out here in the first place). Get ready to buy it and smoke it penalty free. And we encourage this — especially since the excise tax on your purchases all go to supporting our public schools. Higher education, indeed.

If you can fit all of those items into a sustainable, vegan carry on bag, you’ll be ready to head to Boulder ready for just about anything that comes your way.

Even if you forget to pack most of these items, you’re still going to have a great time in a city with some of the best views in the country, some of the most delicious food in the state and some of the most diverse activities possible at any point of the year.

 

 

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