Before and After – The value of Property Preparation when Selling

The condition of floors after removing carpet & padding…  Meet Samy, project manager of dirty work.

Sanded, stained and sealed by Paiges Floors.  This and fresh coat of paint made a huge difference.

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 5:39 pm
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Home Improvements, Remodeling

Maximizing Your Curb Appeal

Never underestimate the importance of a pretty face.

When it comes to buying or selling a home, first impressions count. While major renovations or
additions can affect your home’s value, you don’t need to add a new pool to improve your home’s desirability. In fact, improving your home’s curb appeal through relatively low-cost, but simple, changes, can significantly improve its standing in the market. A curbside “face lift” is always money well-spent, whether prepping to sell your house, increasing its equity-value, or just for your own benefit.

See original post from WindermereSeattle.com for tips on how to improve your curb appeal: Maximizing Your Curb Appeal

 

Posted on March 7, 2017 at 3:42 pm
Tamara Marson | Category: Home Improvements | Tagged , ,

Earth Day 2K15

Today is Earth Day, and instead of simply suggesting things you can do to help conserve our lovely planet, we're going to do our best to guilt you into doing them. Here are the three easiest ways to do your part

Save Energy

Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room. What’s the point of leaving them on if you’re not in there? And being scared of the dark is only an excuse if you’re under the age of five.

Save Water

When you're brushing your teeth, turn off the faucet. There is no good reason to waste all that precious water going down the drain. Do you want to turn into California? We think not.

Recycle

Pick up some environmentally-friendly, reusable shopping bags! In Seattle, plastic bags are banned, and they’ll charge you for paper bags, so it's in your best interest to invest in some that you can use over and over again. Hint: These are some of our faves.

We should also point out that doing all of the above also saves you money! You can sleep well at night knowing you’re doing the right thing for Mother Earth – and your bank account – all at the same time.

Want some more ideas how you can conserve energy at home? Check out the Energy Star website.

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Home Improvements, Remodeling, Uncategorized | Tagged ,

Everything Historic

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From Findeverythinghistoric.com

Posted on March 14, 2015 at 8:27 am
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Home Improvements, Remodeling | Tagged

5 DIY Ways to Hide That Litter Box In Style

These five DIY projects will keep your cat's area out of sight and smelling fresh from Porch.com.

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm
Tamara Marson | Category: Adventures in Real Estate, Home Improvements, Remodeling, Uncategorized

Porch.com

Porch.com is a great Seattle-based resource that offers online help for your next home improvement project. While this doesn't replace my recommended service professionals – check out that list here – Porch is a great tool for project advice and examples.

Here is how Porch describes their business:

Porch.com is a free home improvement network the connects homeowners and renters with the right home service professionals based on who neighbors have used, project and cost history, and friend and neighbors' endorsements. 

Have you used Porch? Curious to hear your thoughts! Post a comment below.

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 11:00 am
Tamara Marson | Category: Home Improvements, Remodeling, Services Directory

‘Granny pods’ keep seniors and their families together | Homes & Real Estate | The Seattle Times

‘Granny pods’ keep seniors and their families together | Homes & Real Estate | The Seattle Times.

Posted on November 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Tamara Marson | Category: Home Improvements, Investments | Tagged

Refrigerator Recycle Rebate

 

 

Does your spring cleaning include disposing of an old freezer or refrigerator?  Seattle City Light has a $30 rebate for you and free haul-away service. Visit seattle.gov/refrigerator or call 206-233-COLD (2653).  Alternatively, there is a $50 Energy Star refrigerator replacement rebate if you are purchasing a new one. (Rebates cannot be combined).

 

 

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 11:24 am
Tamara Marson | Category: Home Improvements | Tagged ,

Spring Fever, Garden Fever?

Do you have spring fever, garden fever?  The Northwest Flower and Garden Show is coming up — Feb. 20-24.  You can stop by the Great Plant Picks and Seattle Times booth for a free copy of this year's Great Plant Picks poster.  You can also order it on the website and search for plants.  Go to greatplantpicks.org 

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 9:13 am
Tamara Marson | Category: Home Improvements, Uncategorized | Tagged ,

Happy 21st Anniversary to Seattle Tile Company

One of my favorite family-run businesses on my Homeowner Services Directory, Seattle Tile Company, is celebrating.  Owners Denée and Tom Foti are to be congratulated.  I've worked with them personally and they have helped many of my clients with various home-improvement projects.  Sales going on through February.

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 8:58 am
Tamara Marson | Category: Home Improvements, Uncategorized