Earlier this year, Windermere and the Seattle Seahawks announced that we were joining together to help #tacklehomelessness. For every home game tackle made by the Seahawks, the Windermere Foundation is donating $100 to YouthCare, a non-profit that provides support and services to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.
As proud as we are of our #tacklehomelessness campaign and the money we’re raising, we know we can do more. That’s why we’re excited to announce Windermere’s “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive benefitting YouthCare. Each night in Seattle, nearly 1,000 young people are homeless. And with the winter months quickly approaching, YouthCare is in dire need of survival supplies to keep homeless youth warm and dry during the long, wet winter.
Here’s what we are collecting:
- Warm socks
From October 17 through November 14, you can drop off donations to participating Windermere offices in King and Snohomish Counties*. Our friends at Gentle Giant Moving Company are generously donating their time and trucks to pick up all of the donations from our offices. Donations can also be dropped off directly to YouthCare in South Lake Union at the James W. Ray Orion Center: 1828 Yale Avenue.
We hope you will consider making a donation to our “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive. Feel free to contact your Windermere agent or local office for more information, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Windermere Winter Drive Drop-Off Locations
I just recently listed a Vintage 1931 Classic Brick Tudor in Magnolia. I am very excited that Seattle Curbed online magazine featured it. Check this out! Come and visit the open houses this weekend Sat 12-3 and Sunday 1-4. Saturday there will be cookies and Sunday we have hotdogs and chips. See you there.
The great debate on what will add value to your home. Will the investment be worth it? Is it better to sell it the way it is and let the new owners change it? Paint? wood/laminate flooring? or other projects?
Let me tackle the question on selling without making the updates. There are things to consider so ask yourself some questions.
1. If you were looking at this home with fresh eyes in it's current condition would you buy it at the price you plan to sell at?
2. Was this a project you had been thinking of doing before you had thought of selling?
3. Have you consulted a realtor in your area on features that are hot buttons for buyers?
4. If you are looing at a few projects do you have the time to get them done before selling? Possibly scale back to only 1-2 Key projects.
Some will find that there home value when selling in this current market is good and they are satisfied, but hope to get higher offers. Some projects like flooring and fresh paint for the minimal investment can really add alot of value and the benefit of a higher listing price, without just hoping for higher offers. A little effort, a little investment, for more interest, and a quicker sale can be yours and is worth the energy, time and money.
So what projects do this and are there some that won't add to the value? Depending on where you live, these projects could vary. It is best to talk to a realtor to find out what is adding more value to list prices and what buyers are talking about. Then make your decision.
Below is a before and after photo from lumber liquidators blog. They are proponents of real wood flooring. However, you can get spectacular results with wood laminate as well and depending on your budget and what you want either would be a great option.
For those in the Pacific Northwest, give me a call to come out and I will help you decide if doing these projects would add value to your home when you sell.
This last week I mentioned I would post about Easter egg decorating. There are so many ideas from simple to complicated, some for children and some for adults. I picked just a few ideas and sites to share with you that are fairly simple and pretty.
I also saw a few posts regarding dye mixing recipes, and I love to have vibrant brights, rich deep hues, or if so inclined pale or even neon shades. Unfortunatey, the pages are not showing on the McCormick webpage. So I thought it would be helpful to share the images that give the dye recipes.
Marbled eggs with Nail Polish- love this idea, you can expand on this by using multiple colors.
The directions and supplies list are on the blog Alice and Lois
Fun with Watercolors instead of food dye. You can use kids crayola watercolors or any type of watercolors you may have or purchase in the art section at a grocery or craft store. The blog Oh my! Creative shows exactly how to do this technique.
Beautiful Speckled eggs: Tea dye or food dye and paint. The Southern Living website shows how to create these pretty eggs.
Glitter Eggs. This can be done on real hard boiled eggs or plastic, foam or wooden eggs. Confessions of a Plate Addict shares how to do this on plastic eggs.
McCormick Egg Dyeing Guide
Egg Dyeing Recipes for these bright colors
Hope you enjoy these sites and ideas.
Thought I would share a couple posts this week regarding Spring and Easter decor. I have put links to the sites below that show how to do these simple arrangements.
Jelly Bean Rose arrangement: http://www.getcreativejuice.com/2014/05/how-to-make-a-layered-candy-filled-vase-with-flowers.html
Jelly Bean Peeps arrangement: http://www.hometalk.com/3340739/10-great-ideas-for-easter-peeps
Cereal, Candy arrangement:http://holidayhelpings.com/table-decorations-for-easter/
Painted Mason Jar arrangment: http://masonjarcraftslove.com/painted-mason-jars-pink-ombre/
This is an excellent article I read in RE Magazine regarding the top 10 reasons sellers should stage their homes: http://www.warealtor.org/resources/REmagazine/winter-2016
written by Lisa Poundstone: http://www.designsmartstaging.com/
Preparing to sell can be very overwhelming, especially if you know you have projects such as a remodel or repairs that are needed. The following are tips that may help you prepare and move through the process and avoid stress.
- Write a list of what you need to do:
- Mini makeover in a bathroom-countertop/ sinks/ faucets
- Replacing a patio door whose seal has lost integrity
- Replacing broken fence boards and sanding decks
- Fresh topsoil
- Earthquake straps for water heater and drip tray
- Carbon monoxide detectors (check to see requirements for you style of home)
- Painting and organizing and de-cluttering .
Small projects you want to start as soon as possible- pay attention to the small details:
Tip- start with one smaller room, or the space that is used less often.
- Donate items you haven’t used in 12 months
- Throw away items that are broken and damaged
- Shred and dispose of paperwork that is no longer needed
- Consider a temporarily storage facility – This will show how much space your home has.
- Dust Blinds
- Wash curtains
- Wash windows
- Make sure all lightbulbs work
- Dust baseboards and trim
- Clean appliances
- Carpets cleaned
- Straighten contents in closets
- Air out rooms-open the windows, or use a home scent such as vanilla ( you don't want something overwhelming)
2. Decide when you would want to put it on the market- this is your ready to list date.
- Call contractors if needed to get quotes and timelines and start scheduling.
- Get costs on items needed for repairs and DIY projects.Set your timeline to get work done before your ready to list date.
3. Call your realtor to schedule a time to discuss when you want to list your home.
- 1-3 months before you sell is best so there is plenty of time to get ready. You will be well informed and avoid undue stress.
If you find that you need help or suggestions of who to call for help, contact your real estate agent. Typically, they have a list of resources for you to use plus great tips and ideas that will help you along the way.
As you get closer to your ready to go date you will want to consider staging your home to show.You may want to bring in a professional home stager or get tips from you agent.
Remember, you are not alone in this. Your real estate agent is there for you to help you along the way to preparing your house to sell.
Have a great day,
I like to switch things up every few years, but sometimes it can get costly. I have so many deocrations and some the colors and theme are not what I want anymore. Do you feel the same?
I came across some great ideas on Pintrest and I am posting links direct to the blogs here.
I love the idea of using Spray paint, easy, inexpensive and so many colors and finishes to choose from.
Do you get multiple holiday tins or cookie tins each year and toss them? Check out the link below to spray paint them and use them again for any occassion. Check out digiscrap*tology for this tip.
Old ornaments? prefer a new color? Spray paint them… I am getting excited!!! 🙂 See how this is done on Live Love DIY
How about those dollar store candles and clear vases? They are so boring and really aren't festive. Usine the link below and see how a bit of spray paint and painters tape can make them look fun. Plus, my own tip, get a stencil tape to the glass candle or vase and use the spray paint. Popsugar shows how to do this candle spray painting technique
Enjoy freshening up your holiday items!!