Spring has finally arrived, which means our brokers are already starting to map out the details of their annual spring-cleaning routines. From reduced stress to a stronger immune system, researchers have been touting the benefits of spring cleaning for decades. Because we tend to spend so much time indoors in the winter, it's important to take the time to clean out our homes once warmer weather arrives.
Spring cleaning is a big job, and it can become overwhelming if you don't have a plan. Here is a quick guide full of tips to help you get organized before you clean:
Spring cleaning is one of the best ways to keep your home looking good and your family healthy. It's also a great way to get your home ready for the market. Contact us to discuss selling your home today.
If you're ready to start planning your projects for 2023, our brokers suggest exploring some of the new interior design trends that might be a good fit for your home. Here are some of the top 2023 design trends.
As we head into 2023, there are a host of home trends to inspire and motivate homeowners to create and design rooms that are inviting, stylish, and functional. Ready to purchase a property with more space? Contact us to get started.
No matter your style, arranging your furniture in just the right way can turn a house into a home. When you use furniture arranging tricks from top designers, your rooms will look more spacious and inviting. Our brokers know a thing or two about presenting your space to look its best!
We know: Sometimes, nothing less than more space will do. Most of the time, though, you can give any room in your home a new lease on life by applying the techniques of interior decorating. It's easier than you might think – and if you have an afternoon to spend, it can be a lot of fun.
Let's take a closer look at furniture arranging insights that make a difference:
Contact us to learn more about your local real estate opportunities.
If you're searching for a simple way to add natural beauty to your home and freshen your air, houseplants are an essential addition to your home. Houseplants absorb carbon dioxide and add oxygen to your home's air, working to remove toxins from your home. Our brokers know that having indoor plants also makes your home more inviting and appealing to potential homebuyers.
However, it can be a little tricky incorporating plants into your home's existing decor. You also need to consider any specific needs for your houseplant, like whether it prefers a sunny or dark space. Here are some of the best spots to display your indoor plants.
Want a home with more room for your plants or extra space outside for gardening? Contact us today to start your home search!
Moving to a new house can be a stressful and chaotic ordeal. You have a thousand different things to worry about. There's a good chance something will be forgotten.
Whether it's an item you didn't pack up or a task you neglected to do, it's not uncommon to get to your new home, only to say, "What happened to the ______?!" Here are some of the most common things people forget.
Often Forgotten Items and Tasks
Forgetting things during a move is common, but if you have someone knowledgeable to help you, the ordeal becomes easier. Our brokers can guide you through the process and make it less chaotic, so you have more time to focus on the tasks above. Contact us and let us help you move into your dream house.
If you've been thinking about selling your home, there's never been a better time to do it. Home prices have been surging to unprecedented highs all year.
Many experts believe this trend will continue into 2022, so there is still plenty of time to capitalize on it. The good news is that selling your home is easy with the right professionals to guide you. Our helpful guide will walk you through the process one step at a time.
Selling your home could be your next big adventure in life - are you ready to get started? Our brokers can help you sell your current home and find a new one that suits your needs. Contact us today.
Homes are selling very quickly! Securing a home in a competitive market can feel challenging, if not impossible. Below, we've rounded a few tips to give you the best chance possible at getting your dream home in the competitive market. Following our guide and working with our brokers will help you stay ahead of the pack and position yourself as a potential buyer.
If you're ready to buy a home in the Pacific Northwest, Coldwell Banker Bain can help. We put our knowledge, skills, and experience on your side to help you find the perfect place to call home. Contact us today to get started.
Fall is here! And with it comes fall weather. So it's time to pay attention to home maintenance and repairs. If you're thinking about selling your home in the near future, our brokers can offer advice on important fall maintenance tips.
In the Pacific Northwest, the fall season is the beginning of chilly temperatures, heavy rainfall, and snow and ice. Preparing your home with necessary maintenance before cold weather sets in will protect against costly damages and keep your family warm and comfortable. Take a look at 10 fall maintenance tips that you should not ignore:
If you're considering buying or selling in the Washington area, contact us for available properties. We have many available homes that may be just what you're looking for.
Making your home secure is rarely a one-and-done project, but it should be a top priority. As technology advances and criminals develop new techniques, it's important to regularly upgrade your home's security features. This can prevent break-ins, protect your loved ones and property, and give you peace of mind. If you're wondering where and how to start, the following suggestions by our brokers will help you take the right steps to protect your home against intruders.
Bonus Tip: Make sure to lock down and hide your Wi-Fi network, rename it, install anti-virus protection, create a strong password, and install a firewall. You don't want to leave your security system or smart home gadgets open to cyberattacks.
Are you in the market for a new home with smart security features? Contact us today, and we'll be happy to show you beautiful and secure properties in the Pacific Northwest. We can also provide expert advice and help you find the best value if you're looking to improve your home's security before selling.
Depending on your point of view, rainy days can be either the best or the worst. It's frustrating being stuck in the house with nothing to do. But with a little creativity, there are all kinds of activities you can participate in while waiting for the weather to clear - especially for new homeowners who are working to make their new house their own. Here are a few DIY projects that can help you pass the time and feel productive on a rainy day.
These are just a few things you can do on a rainy day to make your house feel more like home. Our brokers can get you set up in the perfect house to meet your needs. What you do with it after that is up to you. Contact us anytime, rain or shine, to learn more!
Knocking out a few simple tasks this summer will help ensure you don't run into any unexpected problems caused by poor gutter maintenance. This may include leaks, damage to your insulation, siding damage, and more. Don't let this happen to you! Follow these simple tips, and you'll be ready for whatever Mother Nature brings.
Whether you're planning to stay in your home for the long term or you're thinking about moving soon, our brokers encourage you to keep up with basic maintenance tasks. This will help ensure your home maintains its current value and its curb appeal.
We're here to help. Your dream home is waiting for you, so don't wait. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.
When you love your home, it's only natural to want to make it even better. Life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest almost demands the comfort only a fireplace can provide, but how do you know it's a good investment for your home? You don't hesitate to make simple changes, like a fresh coat of paint. When it comes to something as significant as adding a fireplace, however, there are several factors to consider before making a final decision.
While chilly fall and winter nights are quite a ways away, if you plan on adding a fireplace, now is the time to start doing your research.
And if you're looking for a new home with a fireplace or getting your house ready to list, contact us for professional assistance. Our brokers are always ready to help.
For nearly twenty years, smart homes have been surging in popularity as we embrace the technology that makes our lives easier. No longer limited to inside the home, technology has moved into the garden to make it more efficient as well.
Our brokers know how important a lush lawn and curb appeal are when appealing to potential buyers. Whether you're getting your home ready to list or just want to enjoy an attractive landscape, consider installing a few of these smart devices.
When you're ready to find the perfect place for your own garden paradise, contact us. We'll be happy to show you the finest homes throughout the area.
Are you one of the more than 100 million people in the United States who own either a dog or a cat? More and more, pet owners are thinking about their furry friends when planning home renovations, and it's easier than ever to incorporate pet-friendly features as part of larger renovation projects in your home. And it's not just your pets who benefit! Many of the most popular pet-friendly renovations can also save floor space, help keep your home cleaner, and enhance the look of some of the most frequently used rooms in your home. Our brokers have the details on some popular pet-friendly features that you can incorporate into your next home renovation project.
Add Feeding Stations and Storage for Pet Items When Updating Your Kitchen
Thinking of updating your kitchen cabinets or adding an island for increased counter and storage space? Consider incorporating a pet feeding station into your design plan. A feeding station makes it easier to keep your kitchen clean and keeps you from accidentally kicking pet bowls when walking through the kitchen. Make sure to incorporate some extra storage space near the feeding station to store food and other items for your pet. In addition to keeping things clean, built-in feeding stations will also save floor space in your kitchen.
Pet Bathing Stations Make Bath Time a Breeze
Bathing pets can be a real challenge, especially if you have a large dog or an older pet. Many homeowners are now incorporating pet bathing stations, with bathrooms and mudrooms the most popular places to put them. You can create a smaller bathing station specifically for your pet, with a spray nozzle and plenty of room for bathing supplies. If you don't want to add a dedicated bathing station while renovating your bathroom, consider a walk-in shower with a handheld showerhead to make it easier to keep your pet clean.
A Mudroom Is a Great Choice for Pets and Kids Alike
When shopping available homes for sale, you may have noticed an extra room in some homes near the foyer or the door that opens to the home's backyard. Commonly known as mudrooms, these rooms are ideal for cleaning off muddy paws and shoes without tracking dirt through the rest of the home. A mudroom is also a great place to keep the supplies that you'll need to take your pet for a walk and the toys that your pet loves to play with when they are in the yard. A mudroom can be as small or large as you like. The key is simply to build your mudroom near the door that pets (and kids) will use most when coming into the house from outside.
Cat Highways Are a Perfect Addition for Your Feline Friend
Cats love to climb, so adding a "cat highway" is a great way to encourage your feline friends to play and get some extra exercise. You can buy a cat highway that's ready to install from your favorite pet supply store or create something new yourself. The key is simply to give your cat safe, sturdy spaces to climb around the house. By keeping the bulk of your cat highway above eye level, you also save floor and wall space that can be used for other needs.
Add Ramps on Outdoor Stairs to Help Older Pets
Many older dogs, especially if they are larger breeds, can have trouble getting up and down the stairs that lead into your home. Even for younger dogs and smaller breeds, limiting how much they use stairs can help save wear and tear on joints. Adding a ramp to outdoor stairs is a simple solution that can help with the health of your dogs, and it's easy to incorporate a ramp when you're updating your deck or patio. Even if you're not undertaking a larger renovation project, it shouldn't be too difficult to add a ramp to your existing stairs.
Create Dedicated Sleeping Spaces for Pets
Every pet should have its own space for sleeping, but pet beds and crates take up valuable floor space. They're also not always the most pleasant thing to look at aesthetically. Just like with feeding stations, you can incorporate built-in pet beds into a wide variety of home renovation projects. You can even put them in multiple rooms! Create a stylish, cozy place for your pet to sleep, and save some space in the process.
Still searching for a home that both you and your pets will love to call your own? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the area.
The year is coming to an end, but for many homeowners, there is no end in sight to the amount of time they'll be spending indoors. The extraordinary increase in work from home and learn from home have turned the house into an office, a school, and a social space for entertaining. As we move into 2021, our brokers understand that a change of scenery might be necessary. Here are a few burgeoning interior design trends for you to consider in 2021.
Do you envision a brand-new home in 2021? Let us help you with your search. Contact us today to schedule a showing of our latest Seattle homes for sale.
Staging your home is as important as ever when it comes to homes for sale. Staging has a valuable role to play in traditional showings and virtual ones.
A well-staged property has the potential to sell faster and claim a higher closing price. Our brokers use staging as part of our commitment to get our clients great results.
One of the most valuable aspects of staging is that it allows potential buyers to imagine their own future life in the home. Creating the right mood means striking a balance: As the seller, you can't be in the way, but the home must still look welcoming – that is, as if someone lives there.
Never is that balance more vital (or trickier) than during the holiday season.
The Best Ways to Stage Your Home for Selling During the Holidays
Opinions and backgrounds differ, of course, but most people have strong positive feelings around the holiday season. It's a wonderful time to come together in a spirit of giving and joy. With the right approach, you can harness that positivity within your own staged home.
But what's the best way to do it without going overboard?
These proven home staging techniques can help:
Spring and summer make up the traditional "high season" for real estate. But just because the weather is cold, it doesn't mean the market can't be hot! Contact us to find out more today.
Autumn has arrived in the Pacific Northwest! Our brokers love everything about the fall season. The exciting fall festivals, the crisp and cool breeze, and the ways the changing leaves fill our streets with color makes us wish the season would last all year. When it comes to caring for your outdoor spaces, fall is a wonderful time to complete necessary upkeep. Here are seven ways you can improve your landscape this fall.
Are you searching for a new house this fall? Let us help you find a cozy place to call home. Contact us today to begin touring our best Seattle homes for sale that you'll absolutely fall in love with!
Are you thinking about a kitchen remodel this summer? You're not alone! Many of the best homes for sale have newly updated kitchens, making this a great investment. When our brokers are helping potential buyers find their dream home, a great kitchen is almost always one of the most in-demand features.
Taking the time to create a solid plan and think through the details before you start your remodeling project can help you avoid any post-remodel regrets. Here are a few of the most important things you'll want to consider.
If you're ready to take a look at your options, we're here to help! Contact us today.
Spending time in quarantine has changed what buyers are looking for in their next home while making current homeowners reconsider what they want most from their own properties. With the real estate industry still going strong virtually, now is an excellent time to consider what both you and potential buyers want from your home. Our brokers are here to help you maximize the value of your property, with our guide to the not-so-surprising features that buyers want now.
Enhanced Home Offices
With so many industries shifting to a work from home standard, it's no surprise that improved home offices rank near the top of the priority list for many buyers. Working from home becomes more manageable, efficient, and enjoyable when you have a dedicated space for getting the job done. Turning an extra room into an office, with ample workspace, strong WiFi, and an attractive background for videoconferencing can help your home stand out over other homes for sale.
Bigger Pantries and More Storage
When you're expecting to potentially be at home for weeks at a time and want to limit trips to the grocery store, food storage space suddenly becomes a much larger priority. A large, dedicated pantry is ideal, but may not be a fit for homes where every extra space is already being used. If you don't have room for a full pantry, adding extra shelving to basements or closets is an easy way to make room for more food to be stored.
Home Gyms and Workout Spaces
If being able to work from home is the biggest priority for many buyers, being able to work out from home certainly doesn't rank far behind. A full home gym is sure to attract the attention of fitness-conscious buyers, and any workout space is better than none at all. While once a priority mostly for luxury buyers, home gyms are sure to grow in popularity for buyers from every demographic.
Private Spaces for Every Resident
While open floor plans are still popular, spending so much time at home has given buyers a deeper appreciation for private spaces in the home. When school-aged kids are taking online classes, parents are working from home, and young children are in need of entertainment, life at home can get chaotic. Private spaces allow everyone to take care of what they need to do, without distracting other members of the household.
For families shopping for a new home, having only one or two bathrooms may no longer be enough to get the job done. Adding an extra bathroom can help make the home more hygienic, and ensure that there aren't lines at the bathroom door when everyone is getting ready for the day.
Mudrooms for Home Hygiene
Hygiene at home has naturally taken on a larger importance recently, and a mudroom helps keep outside germs from entering further into the home. Creating a dedicated space where people can leave shoes, jackets, and other items upon entering the house is an easy way to increase hygiene, and keep your floors a little cleaner in the process.
Enhanced HVAC Systems
A strong heating/air-conditioning system is a key selling point for any home, and efficiency is especially important when you're spending more time at home. Smart home features like programmable thermostats make it simple to manage the temperature at home, and a central HVAC system allows everyone in the home to be comfortable no matter the temperature outdoors.
Attractive Outdoor Spaces for Relaxation and Recreation
When so many outdoor entertainment spaces are closed to the public, being able to relax outdoors at home becomes a necessity. An outdoor patio is always an appealing option for relaxation, and outdoor cooking spaces are excellent for making the most of warm, pleasant summer nights. Adding outdoor recreation spaces, like play-set for kids, a small basketball court, or even just an open lawn where people of all ages can play, can enhance the value of your home.
No matter what features you want in your next home, our team is here to help you achieve your goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Our brokers always help our clients get the best selling price they can when it comes to Portland homes for sale. Targeted renovations can help you raise your asking price. Even if you have only a few weeks before you go on the market, you can make a big difference.
Many small DIY projects can go a long way in preparing your home for sale. For example, a quick coat of exterior paint takes years off a home's appearance. General cleaning and decluttering are also essential to staging the home.
But there are some renovations and repairs that should be left to the pros.
When it comes to these larger home improvement projects, the risks of doing it yourself far outweigh the rewards.
Call the experts on these home improvement projects:
When it comes to those last few renovation projects, the consequences of a mistake are severe. Likewise, many of the projects above come with a significant safety risk. Only experts, who have plenty of experience and all the right tools, should be trusted with them.
When the dust settles, Coldwell Banker Bain is here to help you sell your home. To learn more, contact us.
Working from home is certainly a different experience than working in an office, and it brings many of its own challenges. Staying connected, staying motivated, and avoiding distractions can all be difficult when you're working from home.
It helps to have a home office, a space dedicated to getting your work done every day. With a lot more of us working from home recently, our brokers have some helpful tips about decorating your home office.
Contact us today for more tips on how to maximize the potential of your home. While many more of us have been working from home recently, our team still offers the best selection of Portland homes for sale, and we're committed to helping you live life to the fullest, wherever you may be!
Our brokers understand selling your home during the holidays can offer challenges, but there are advantages too. In the less-crowded marketplace of winter, your listing is much more likely to stand out. Plus, you know anyone who shows up at your open house is serious about buying.
Still, you need every advantage you can get, which is why staging your home is so important this time of year. So if you're listing your Seattle homes for sale this holiday season, be sure to follow these tips and stage it to sell.
Contact us today to learn more about selling your home during the holiday season. We've helped countless home sellers in the Seattle area sell their houses in all seasons and conditions.