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How To Water Damage and Insurance WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE What to know about damage & insurance   URGENT REMINDER: Slow leaks may NOT be covered by your homeowner’s insurance! Every time Jeffrey does a home inspection for my clients, I’m reminded that most people leave the standard-issue plastic water hoses on their washing machine-and this is a potentially dangerous oversight (replace […]
How To Working with contractors WORKING WITH CONTRACTORS Save your sanity Hiring and managing contractors and sub-contractors for home remodel work can be intense; there is an overwhelming amount of choice, then hundreds of small decisions as projects progress and present challenges. The trick to staying grounded throughout? Make a plan ahead of time-but then be ready to flex. My […]
How To Always a good time for emergency prep! Whether you’re feeling anxious after watching a disaster unfold in another part of the country/world or you’ve just experienced a crisis yourself, you suddenly feel more motivated to get that disaster plan and resources assembled! So where to start? Run through the disaster preparedness checklists from a place like Good Housekeeping or Connect to […]
Buying + Selling in Seattle Own-to-Rent Rather than the typical “move-up” buyer of the past, who sold their previous home upon buying a larger one, these days many Seattle-ites [who can afford it] are instead turning their first home into a rental. There’s a LOT to keep in mind, however, when making the change—including regulations on short-term rentals, the city’s RRIO program, and current […]
How To Launching a Remodel COUNTERS & FAUCETS & FRIDGES, OH MY! I made a Pinterest board (see above, I’m not afraid to be hipster basic), which most contractors and designers say is the best place to start collecting inspiration and creating a cohesive vision. I created a rough budget ($10-12k) after talking with friends, colleagues, and inspectors, and reading […]
How To All about that egress THE WAY OUT Code requirements for egress An egress window is large enough for entry or exit in case of an emergency. If you’re finishing a basement or adding a bedroom, you may want to take into account the building code for both safety and resale value. Does that mean a basement bedroom without an “egress-able” window […]
Buying + Selling in Seattle Ten simple ways to increase curb appeal You’ve seen lists of easy upgrades in magazines and good ol’ HGTV. But there are some accessible tips and tricks specific to the Seattle market that you should know, whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or just want to spruce it up without breaking the bank! My top 10 curb appeal tricks: Add […]
How To Rid and Recycle RID & RECYCLE Where to ditch the unwanted stuff Every spring when we emerge from our winter hibernation, it seems there’s more personal junk to offload than ever before. While some of the usual suspects-hello, Dearborn or Ballard Goodwills-often have long lines these days, you can take advantage of lesser-known resources to clear the way. […]
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How To Robust Cleaning! ROBUST CLEANING Where to focus your energy A good “power hour” will get you past the basic surface cleaning and random piles (I like to set mine to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, just like when I was a kid). But what else is worth your time? Here are a few critical priorities to consider: […]
How To Holiday lighting LIGHT HELP Don’t @ me for jumping the holiday gun… No, I’m not ready for Christmas music, Hanukkah latkes, or consumer mania-but I know it’s right around the corner. Frankly, Grant & I are thinking of putting up LED lights outside that can stay up all year round and turn whatever color we like for […]
How To Local Love LOCAL LOVE Money ↔ Values check The many galvanizing moments of 2020 have consistently reminded us to shop local, prioritize BIPOC business owners, and think about our footprint with every purchase. So I’m recommitting to some of my favorite resources and wanted to share here: HiveBoxx – A fantastic [black-owned] local resource for renting rugged, […]
Home Maintenance Don’t defer that maintenance… OK, guys, I know you have the best of intentions to keep your home in tip-top condition. But life gets in the way. Well, there are few priorities for the longevity and value of your home–not to mention your/your family’s safety–that you just can’t ignore! Here are the top 5 critical items that typically come […]
How To Make a Mother’s Day MAKE A MOTHER’S DAY All Women Deserve to Feel Beautiful This Mother’s Day, contribute to the YWCA’s “All Women Deserve to Feel Beautiful” Mother’s Day Drive. Help the YWCA provide high-quality, full sized, ethnically diverse personal care products to women in emergency housing program. The collection drive runs from April 26 – 28, 2023. Doantions […]