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Home Features A Barrel of Fun! As I was driving through Woodinville last weekend, it struck me how many cars had filled up wine tasting room parking lots, and how many people were milling about having a good time on the outside patios. Spring has arrived in our amazing Wine Country! I was on my way to a client’s house and […]
Home Features Trade Secrets of Power Washing There’s power in a power wash, now that spring is here. It’s one of the first tips I give home sellers, as it’s an easy, relatively inexpensive way to make a home exterior sparkle and boost its curb appeal.  A power wash is like giving your home’s “outside” walls, plus its deck, patio, walkways and […]
Home Features Increase your Property Value with Lawn Care Have you noticed how your lawn has started growing like crazy? It’s one of the first things that people see when they drive by a house, which is why we talked about it as a “curb appeal” factor at the seminar I gave with Julie Allyne a couple weeks ago at Molbak’s. Even if a […]
Home Features Congratulations Anna! A beautiful patio pot filled with spring flowers went home at the end of Julie’s Molbak’s seminar last Saturday with Anna Jensen, whose name was drawn from a basket full of contest entries. Thank you Anna, for entering the contest by clicking the “Like” to follow Julie’s Realtor facebook page! Julie offers up-to-date information about […]
Home Features “Curb Appeal” Seminar by Julie – this Saturday at noon at Molbak’s! Whether you’re preparing to put your house on the market or spruce it up for spring and perhaps a big outdoor celebration, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn about How to Increase your Home’s Curb Appeal. Julie will share quick, easy, and economical tips to give your house a “spring” lift at […]
Home Features The Most Popular Home Improvement Project Kitchen updates rank among the most popular home improvements because they add two kinds of value – personal enjoyment and return on the investment when you sell. You can recoup as much as 80% — which is why Americans spend about $15 billion a year on kitchen renovations. This is a great time of year […]
Home Features Keep your Heat Bill from Going through the Roof While the rest of the country thinks that it rains here all the time, we do get cold in the winter and hot in the summer. I can tell that it’s winter now because my heat is running all the time! For eight months of the year in our rainy city, our low temperatures don’t […]
Home Features Fireplaces Create Warmth and Ambiance On a cold night, who doesn’t love to curl up in front of a warm fireplace? Having the fireplace glow is especially nice at the holidays. But before starting a fire in a woodburning or a gas fireplace, it’s important to do a safety check each year. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, the […]
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Home Features Welcome Home College Kids! It's great to have our college kids home…the house feels back to normal! Sam got off the plane and Hannah pulled in the driveway and once again we are all together under one roof. The kids say they are exhausted from finals, but somehow they have this amazing energy to get ready for Christmas. Good […]
Home Features Make the Switch If you haven’t already done it, now is the perfect time. With the shortest day of the year almost here, you'll be glad you made the switch to brighten your home with the most energy-efficient light bulbs you can buy. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is even offering customers instant discounts on a variety of LED […]
Home Features Carbon Monoxide Detectors Required! I've got one more thing to add to your Cyber Monday shopping list — smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. It's estimated that this year's Cyber Monday will be the biggest online shopping day of the year for the third year in a row: According to research firm comScore, Americans are expected to spend $1.5 […]
Home Features Prepare your Trees for a Winter Storm I have vivid memories of waking up in the middle of a stormy night to the sound of trees swaying back and forth, wondering if one was going to crash through my roof. I’ve lucked out so far, but arborists tell me to not always count on it. We are advised to prepare our trees […]
Home Features Review your Homeowners Insurance My heart goes out to all who face loss and devastation due to Hurricane Sandy. It’s hard to imagine what it feels like to see your home blown off its foundation or completely flooded, and the utter turmoil and sadness that so many experienced. This kind of disaster reminds us to think about home insurance, […]
Home Features Time to Say Goodbye to the Leaves As much as I love fall and all the trees with their beautiful red and yellow leaves, it’s about time for the leaf piles to disappear. With trick-or-treaters soon to be out, wouldn’t it be nice to wave a wand that would miraculously swoosh up all your leaves and clear a safe walkway to your […]
Home Features Save on your Energy Bill Did you know that an old fridge or freezer could be costing you as much as $200 a year on your electric bill? A refrigerator typically uses more energy than any other appliance, as it runs more hours a day than a clothes dryer. So as we feel the effect of turning up the heat […]
Home Features Bulb Lasagna Recipe While it sounds like a recipe to make in the kitchen, it’s actually one for your garden. Also known as bulb layering, it’s a technique of layering bulbs in containers so that they’ll bloom in a constantly evolving display next spring. By choosing a variety of bulbs that bloom within a few weeks of each […]
Home Features Keep Pests Away The house was quiet, and then I heard a noise. Was it in the ceiling? The wall? Oh please be outside. The fear of a pesty rodent put me in the mode of a Halloween vampire ready to attack! Here in the Northwest, creatures great and small live right outside our back doors. Our forests […]
Home Features The Homecoming Spirit…Every Day Homecoming overtook our house last weekend. Living through our high-school aged son, my husband Kurt and I got to feel the excitement and school spirit that goes along with the Friday night football game, as well as the fancy suits and dresses, pictures, dinner out, and homecoming dance. All the weeks of preparing for the […]
Home Features What worked in 1980 doesn’t necessarily work in 2012. Whether we're talking about a home or a wardrobe, I think we'd all agree that's a pretty accurate statement. What worked in 1980 doesn't necessarily work this year. It's first line in an article that lists the "10 criminally outdated design features in a home" — a 2012 home, to be exact! Just as clothes […]
Home Features Do you love your home appliances? Or do you dream of getting the latest, greatest, quietest model every time you turn on your dishwasher or open your frig? You're not alone. It's common to have a love/hate relationship with our kitchen appliances. For most families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Keeping it updated and attractive will not only […]