MY BLOG

Sept 2019

Your fall home maintenance checklist

Fall in a good time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days make outdoor work too difficult.

Tasks to check off your list in an hour or less.

Pick up a bag of pet and plant safe ice melt.

Restock emergency kits for home and car.

Check the condition of snow shovels and ice scrapers.

Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses.

Check walkways, rails, stairs and driveway for winter safety.

Test outdoor lights.

Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Remove window A/C units.

Seal gaps where critters could enter.

Add weatherstripping.

Clean dryer vents.

Clean gutters and downspout.

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August 2019

Are you aware of the increase/decrease in Wash.State Excise Tax starting Jan 2020 that all sellers pay when selling their home ?

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August 2019

SIX DO-IT-YOURSELF SMART-HOME UPGRADES THAT CAN GIVE YOUR HOUSE AN EDGE - AND WON’T COST MUCH MORE THAN $1,000

  1. Swap in a Smart Thermostat - to upgrade your home’s thermostat without breaking the bank -Consumer’s guide recommends the Honeywell Lyric T5. It’s a Best Buy.

  2. Smarten up our Smoke Detectors - Nest Protect smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector. It sends alerts to your phone.

  3. Add security with a Video Doorbell - Nest Hello Video Doorbell. Video doorbells add a sense of security to any home by putting a camera at a prime location.

  4. August Smart Lock-Pro - Another way to add security to your home’s front door is to install a smart lock.

  5. Brighten up with Smart light bulbs - In a recent survey it found 63 percent of potential home buyers would like smart lighting products already installed in their future home.

  6. Tie it all together with a Smart Speaker - Amazon Echo Show ( 2nd gen.) - You can connect all of the above devices to a smart speaker and control them from one place(with the exception of the Nest Protect.) The process is a bit tedious, but in the end it can be worth it. Voice control is more and more popular.