Spokane This Fall – 4 Reasons to Love It!

Spokane is an amazing city to live in year round, but it is exceptionally magical in the fall. The changing of the leaves provides a gorgeous backdrop no matter what you’re doing. The crisp, cool autumn air signals the start of the holiday season festivities. Dust off your boots and grab and scarf, because you won’t want to miss our top four reasons to visit Spokane this fall!

 

The Changing of the Seasons

 

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Fall brings the changing of the leaves outside of Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane, WA

 Spokane is part of the Inland Northwest (INW). The INW is known for its snowy winters, gorgeous summers, colorful falls and flourishing springs. If you’re looking for a full expression of all four seasons without the long, gray winters of the midwest and northwest coast, you can’t do better than Spokane. 

So grab a coffee from one of our local shops and take a midday stroll. Even a quick walk through the city will provide spectacular views of the changing of the leaves. Reds, oranges, and yellows shine brightly in the midday sun. Even as temperatures drop in Spokane, the sun continues to shine. What this means is that you’re less likely to experience a decline in mood during the fall and winter months. Get the culture of Seattle while leaving the endless gray days behind!

 

Fall Festivals 

 

Spokane has no shortage of fall festivals. Whether you’re looking for an adventure out with the kids or a fun date activity, Spokane has you covered. Here are a few things to do in Spokane this fall:

 

Greenbluff Farms Fall Harvest Festival 

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Be sure to check out the pumpkin patch at Greenbluff Farms this fall

Running from September 22nd through October 28th, the Fall Harvest Festival is the region’s biggest family-friendly event. The festival boasts a 5-acre corn maze, Pumpkin Land (and of course, their world-famous pumpkin donuts!), live music, food trucks, face painting, apple cider, and dining at the Country Kitchen, to name just a few. Take a peek at the Greenbluff Farms website for full details. 

 

Valleyfest 

 

ValleyFest takes place in the Spokane Valley and runs from September 21-23. This “multi-sport” event offers a diverse range of activities for the family. What do we mean by “diverse?” Well, ValleyFest is most notable for kicking off every year with a Bed Race down Sprague downtown in the Spokane Valley! Families decorate beds and literally race them box-car style down the street. It is one of the most unique events you’ll ever participate in, and bedfull of fun! Other offerings at ValleyFest include TotFest for the kids, a swing dancing competition, and several physical fitness activities, including a walk to raise money for Down’s Syndrome. Check out the full ValleyFest lineup on their website.  

 

Seriously Scary Halloween 

 

Maybe it’s the crisp air and the orange leaves that puts Spokane in such a festive mood. No matter the reason, our love of Halloween can’t be denied. Whether it is a trip to Scarywood or trick-or-treating at a neighborhood sponsored event, you’re guaranteed to have a great time.

 

Scarywood at Silverwood 

 

Featured on Travel Channel’s “Halloween’s Scariest Thrills” list, Scarywood at Silverwood Theme Park didn’t come to mess around. The even runs the entire month of October and is not meant for kids. Scarywood boasts 5 haunted attractions and 7 Scare Zones. Check out their website for full details, and be warned – Scarywood is not for the faint of heart!   

 

Arts & Culture

 

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Don’t miss the Spokane Symphony’s Haunted Hallows on October 28, 2018.

Hogwarts at the Spokane Symphony 

The third annual Spokane Symphony Haunted Hallows performance is on October 28th. The Spokane Symphony will be performing the music of Harry Potter in all its magic and splendor. Truly an event for and about the fans, Haunted Hallows encourages cosplay and provides pre-concert activities, so be sure to show up early. The Spokane Symphony offers a matinee and evening performance, but tickets are limited. Learn more and buy tickets here.

 

Terrain 

 

Both a group and an event, Terrain is dedicated to local art. The group was founded in 2007 to help prevent the outward migration of local art talent. Terrain the Event is a celebration of those artists. This year’s event features over 500 works from 250 artists, including poets, filmmakers, painters, and performance artists. Learn more about Terrain here, and be sure to stop by the official event on October 5th. Bring your checkbook – art seen at Terrain is for sale and supports the local artists.

 

Ready to Learn More?

 

Thinking about visiting or relocating to Spokane? Fall is the perfect season to come see what we’re all about here. Be sure to take a look at our featured listings and check out the blog for more local insights. Contact me to schedule an appointment and begin your home search in Spokane. I specialize in relocation transactions and am prepared to answer your questions and assist throughout the long distance buying process. 

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Top 4 Home Renovations to Consider Before Selling in Spokane

Do I Need to Remodel Before I Sell My Home?

 

The need for costly renovations is one of the most common reasons people give for holding off on selling their house. It’s easy to assume that any improvement you make on your home will directly affect the resale price and lower the days on market. Unfortunately, this isn’t always true. In fact, among home sold in California, Oregon, and Washington in 2017, there were only four renovations that saw at least 100% of costs recouped in the resale on average, according to Remodeling.com.

 

Take a look at the most profitable home renovations in Washington last year:

 

Attic Insulation – This upgrade calls for a professional remodeler to airseal the attic to prevent air-conditioned air from escaping into unconditioned areas. Fiberglass loose-fill insulation is added until the insulation reaches the industry standard thickness.

Average Return on Investment in 2017: 122% of cost

 

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Replacing the garage door can boost resale values

Garage Door Replacement – The cost involved with replacing a garage door includes removal and disposal of the old door.

Purchasing and installing the new door makes up the remaining portion of the expense. Replacing the door typically includes a new insulated 4-section door with ½” insulated windows in the top row, new heavy-duty tracks with a lifetime warranty. Generally, the motor from the old door will be reused. 

Average Return on Investment in 2017: 110.8% of cost

 

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Replacing vinyl siding with stone veneer can increase home values during the sale

Manufactured Stone Veneer – Adding a manufactured stone veneer to your house can dramatically change the way your house looks from the street. This renovation consists of removing the bottom ⅓ of vinyl from the street-facing side of your house and replacing it with manufactured stone. The trends on cost vs. value may be changing on this project in 2018, so price out your project and work with a well qualified realtor to decide if this project makes sense before listing your home in Spokane.

Average Return on Investment in 2017: 106.7% of cost

 

Replacing Entry Door (Steel) – Replacing a standard front door with a 20-gauge steel door can make a big difference on the resale price of your home. The entry door is the first part of your house that prospective buyers will actually interact with. It is important to make a good first impression! Steel entry doors are also safer and so increase the value and “sellability” of the home.

Average Return on Investment in 2017: 101.3% of cost

 

What it All Means

 

All of these renovations improve the “curb appeal” of the house, make it safer, and cheaper to

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Replacing cabinets and countertops can reduce the number of days on market when selling your home

upkeep. When deciding whether or not to move forward with a remodel, ask yourself  a couple of questions. Does this give my home more curb appeal? Will this project give me an edge over other available homes in the area? 

There are a few renovations that might be necessary in order to generate interest in your home. Things like kitchens and bathrooms might need to be remodeled to get buyers interested in your home. This will depend on market trends and competition in your neighborhood.

 

Ready to Talk About Listing Your Home in Spokane?

 

Don’t make assumptions about what projects need to be done before you can list your house in Spokane. Contact me today to review the market trends in your corner of Spokane. Let’s make a plan to get you the most money – and quickest sell time – for your home or property.