New to Working From Home?

April 1, 2020 Liz Johnson

Working from home can be a challenge, especially when you’re not used to it. There are a lot of distractions that can interfere with your work, sometimes causing you to get so off track that you end up behind on important tasks. While many consider working from home to be a great perk, if you’ve never worked from home before then you might be surprised at just how stressful it can be!

Fortunately, you’re not on your own. These are stressful times, and HomeKeepr is here to help you get through them. To that end, here are some tips that will make working from home for the first time a lot easier.

Set Up Your Space

When you think of working from home, you might picture yourself lounging on the couch in your pajamas with a laptop on your lap. While some people do choose to work like this when working from home, for most home workers this sort of setup is going to kill any productivity they might have. Instead of taking a “work wherever I end up” approach, set up a desk or office space that’s intended solely for work-related activities. This will help you to stay on task when you’re at work and will keep work activities from bleeding over into leisure time.

Check Your Equipment

If you’re used to having in-person meetings during the week, getting used to remote meetings via a video service like Zoom or Skype can be a bit of an adjustment. To make this easier, check your equipment beforehand to ensure that everything will work correctly when it’s time to start a meeting. This includes checking your webcam, your microphone and your speakers to make sure everything functions properly. There are websites and software solutions that help you with this, and some platforms like Zoom have built-in tests as well.

Keep to a Schedule

One common misconception about working from home is that you automatically gain the freedom to work whenever you feel like working. While this may be true for some industries, if you’ve been working 9 to 5 for the last 10 years then that isn’t likely to change much just because your office is now in your guest room. Keep as close as possible to your regular schedule, allowing for possible reduced hours or other differences brought about by working from home. It can help to print out a copy of your “office hours” as well, both as a reminder to others that you’re busy with work and a reminder to yourself that you’re supposed to be on the job.

Avoid Distractions

It’s said that one of the hard things about working from home is the fact that home is where we keep all our favorite distractions. This includes a lot of things, ranging from games to books to the TV. It also includes family members, who can be hard to ignore when you’re supposed to be on the job. As much as possible, try to avoid interacting with the people and things in your home unless you’re taking a break from work activities.

Don’t Make Deals

It’s easy to tell yourself that if you do something unrelated to work now, you’ll make up the work that you’re supposed to be doing later. Unfortunately, this tends to snowball, and the next thing you know you’re behind on everything you’re supposed to be doing. Avoid making these sorts of deals; instead choose to do those things or have those conversations during your next scheduled break, just like you would do if you were still going in to work. If there’s something you want to do that won’t fit into a regular break, try to get your current tasks done BEFORE you take the time off instead of bargaining that you’ll wrap it up after.

Stay Connected

Isolation is difficult, especially if you’re used to working closely with your coworkers. You can fight this by calling them up, collaborating over video or even sending out daily emails or texts to check on everyone. Even though it’s not the one-on-one interaction you’re used to, the contact you have with your coworkers can still make a huge difference.

Weekly Listing Round Up

After spending so much time in your home this week, have you realized that maybe it IS time for a bigger house? Do you need more room to cook meals, maybe an office space for all this working from home you have been doing?  A backyard for the kids and dogs to run some energy out?  We have some homes that may be just what you need!  We can set you up on a virtual tour and do most if not all of the transaction without you ever stepping foot outside.  Let us know if we can get you into a bigger, better space!

Listed at $435,000

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to live in Tehaleh at such an amazing price! Move in ready, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom,  2317 sqft home. The front porch welcomes you in and then gleaming wood floors greet you as you enter this spacious, well kept home. Kitchen features slab granite, gas range, butler’s pantry and opens to the great room. Loft upstairs makes for a great flex space. A/C, Large laundry room with built in cabinets and walking distance to 20 miles of trails, parks close by and more.

https://bit.ly/2UwEXr5

Listed at $579,950

NOW $569,950

Stunning Lennar resale on the best greenbelt in Tehaleh! Main floor features include soaring ceilings in the great room, bedroom & full bath, Chef’s kitchen with double ovens (all appliances stay), huge pantry, butler’s pantry, mudroom off garage and A/C. Upstairs you’ll love the loft, huge laundry room, generous master suite and all bedrooms have walk in closets. Enjoy this gardener’s paradise backyard from your covered patio with flowers blooming for the season. Smart Home Automation Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™.

http://bit.ly/3aFHgyt

Listed at $530,000

NOW $525,000

Remarkable resale in Tehaleh on a greenbelt is waiting for you to call home! This 3 bedroom+loft+flex room features a welcoming front porch and dramatic 2 story entry that makes this the obvious choice! Gorgeous wood floors throughout the main living areas, 3/4 bathroom on the main plus glass french doors that lead to the flex room off the kitchen which could be an office, play room or formal dining. Kitchen is a chef’s dream with double ovens and 2 pantries. Private back yard features a covered patio with gas fireplace.

http://bit.ly/2IfENyJ

Listed at $670,000

NOW $659,950

Gorgeous move-in ready home on HUGE lot in Tehaleh! This home has it all! 4 bedrooms (one is a mini-master suite in addition to the Master) + 2 additional bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, gigantic upper loft and den on the main floor. Kitchen with a butler’s pantry, double ovens, a pot filler over gas cooktop and large island overlooking great room. A/C with Nest “smart connect” thermostat. French doors lead out to to oversized patio with gas hookup and private putting green with sprinkler system! 3 car garage has electric car charger with overhead storage.

http://bit.ly/39Qlx6z

Listed @ $649,950

Exquisite MainVue resale features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + all of the luxury that comes standard with a MainVue home! Extra special because it backs to a gorgeous pond & park with views of the Cascades. Main floor den is set away from main living areas for privacy.Great room boasts an abundance of natural light with ceiling-height walls of sliding glass that opens to the Outdoor Room with fireplace. In the kitchen enjoy Quartz counters, huge pantry & Electrolux appliances. Amazing master suite, A/C & more!

http://bit.ly/36GUE4v

Newly Priced Tehaleh Homes!

Listed at $579,950… NOW $574,950

Stunning Lennar resale on the best greenbelt in Tehaleh! Main floor features include soaring ceilings in the great room, bedroom and full bath, Chef’s kitchen with double ovens (all appliances stay), huge pantry, butler’s pantry, mudroom off the garage and A/C. Upstairs you’ll love the loft, huge laundry room, generous master suite and all bedrooms have walk-in closets. Enjoy this gardener’s paradise backyard from your covered patio with flowers blooming for the season. Smart Home Automation Wi-Fi CERTIFIED.

http://bit.ly/3aFHgyt

Listed at $530,000…NOW $525,000

Remarkable resale in Tehaleh on a greenbelt is waiting for you to call home! This 3 bedroom+loft+flex room features a welcoming front porch and dramatic 2 story entry that makes this the obvious choice! Gorgeous wood floors throughout the main living areas, 3/4 bath on main plus glass french doors that lead to the flex room off the kitchen which could be an office, play room or formal dining. Kitchen is a chef’s dream with double ovens and 2 pantries. Private back yard features a covered patio with gas fireplace.

http://bit.ly/2IfENyJ

Weekly Round Up!

MLS 1575296

Stunning Lennar resale on the best greenbelt in Tehaleh! Main floor features include soaring ceilings in the great room, bedroom and full bath, Chef’s kitchen with double ovens (all appliances stay), huge pantry, butler’s pantry, mudroom off garage and A/C. Upstairs you’ll love the loft, huge laundry room, generous master suite and all bedrooms have walk in closets. Enjoy this gardener’s paradise backyard from your covered patio with flowers blooming for the season. Smart Home Automation Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™.

MLS 1571787

Remarkable resale in Tehaleh on a greenbelt is waiting for you to call home! This 3 bedroom+loft+flex room features a welcoming front porch and dramatic 2 story entry that makes this the obvious choice! Gorgeous wood floors throughout the main living areas, 3/4 bathroom on main plus glass french doors that lead to the flex room off the kitchen which could be an office, play room or formal dining. Kitchen is a chef’s dream with double ovens and 2 pantries. Private back yard features a covered patio with gas fireplace

MLS 1566023

Gorgeous move in ready home on HUGE lot in Tehaleh! This home has it all! 4 bedrooms, 1 is a mini-master suite in addition to Master + 2 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, gigantic upper loft and den on main. Kitchen with butler’s pantry, double ovens, pot filler over gas cooktop and large island overlooking great-room. A/C with Nest “smart connect” thermostat. French doors lead out to to an over-sized patio with gas hookup and private putting green with sprinkler system! 3 car garage has electric car charger with overhead storage.

MLS 1536170

Exquisite MainVue resale features 4 bedrroms, 2.5 bathrooms + all of the luxury that comes standard with a MainVue home! Extra special because it backs to a gorgeous pond and park with views of the Cascades. Main floor den is set away from main living areas for privacy. Great room boasts an abundance of natural light with ceiling-height walls of sliding glass that opens to the Outdoor Room with fireplace. In the kitchen enjoy Quartz counters, huge pantry and Electrolux appliances. Amazing master suite, A/C and more!

Make Your Pantry Do More!

March 10, 2020 Liz Johnson

A pantry is a great thing to have. Not only does it store all your dry goods in one place, but you can also use your pantry to better organize your kitchen. Whether it’s a space the size of a small closet or a walk-in the size of a small room, your pantry is an important part of your overall kitchen experience.

With that said, do you ever wish that your pantry could do just a bit more? Here are a few ways that you can modify your pantry to add additional functionality and really get the most out of that storage space. Best of all, many of these ideas work regardless of how large your pantry is!

Multi-Height Shelving

Most pantries feature shelves, and most cases those shelves are fairly evenly spaced within the pantry. You can get more use out of the space if you break that symmetry up a little, however. Fit in more shelf space by leaving a shelf or two with a lot of headroom and then placing other shelves a bit closer together. If you really want to maximize the effect, install vertical dividers on shelves so you can have one side be tall and add a smaller half-shelf on the other side.

Undershelf Baskets

Another great way to increase storage is to add undershelf baskets that slide out when you need them. These baskets are available in different sizes depending on your needs and can be used for bagged items, loaf bread or other things that are light or fragile.

Zone Organization

To make better use of your pantry, consider designing a zone organization plan. A zone organization plan places your canned goods in one area, your pastas in another, breads and cereals in another … whatever groupings you want can work! You can modify each zone to meet the shelving and storage needs of whatever it holds. When you’re done organizing, add labels to the shelves to identify the zones and make items easier to find.

Tool and Utensil Storage

A lot of people think that a pantry is just a place to store food items. It’s also a great place to put your kitchen tools and other utensils so they’re out of the way. Add hooks or drawers in the pantry to hold lesser-used utensils so that they’re out of the kitchen but easy to find when you need them. You can even put small kitchen appliances in your pantry as well.

Take Notes

Add a chalkboard, whiteboard or other writing surface to your pantry so that you can make shopping lists, jot down meal ideas or otherwise take notes without having to leave the pantry area. If the pantry has a door, you can even add a coat of chalkboard or dry erase paint on the inside to give you an extended notetaking area.

Door Racks

If you have spices, small containers or other small items to keep in your pantry, consider adding racks on the back of your pantry door as a place to keep them organized but out of the way. Depending on the type of door and what it’s made of, you can either install them directly to the door or simply use an over-the-door hanging rack.

Spin It Around

Lazy Susan units are a great way to get more use out of your pantry space. Depending on your needs and your available space, you can go as simple as a one- or two-tier unit sitting on a shelf or use a bigger floor-to-ceiling unit to make a full revolving section of your pantry.

Roll-Out Shelves

If you have limited space and want to make the most of it, consider investing in roll-out shelves or full-width drawers for your pantry. This lets you slide out the shelf that you need and access it all the way to the back so that you can place your shelves closer together than you might be able to with stationary shelving.

Weekly Listing Round Up

It’s only Wednesday but we are having an exciting week at Liz Keeps It Real Estate.  The contracts are being signed, the appointments are being made and the listings are hot!

Take a peek at what we have on our site currently and make plans to come to our Progressive Open House event in Tehaleh on Sunday, 3/8 from 11-1:30. We will have 3 different homes open for you to view and will have food and/or drink at each stop!! Be sure to mark your calendars; we can’t wait to meet you and get you into one of these beautiful homes! 

Remarkable resale in Tehaleh on a greenbelt is waiting for you to call home! This 3 bedroom+loft+flex room features a welcoming front porch and dramatic 2-story entry that makes this the obvious choice! Gorgeous wood floors are throughout the main living areas, 3/4 bath on main plus glass french doors that lead to the flex room off of the kitchen which could be an office, play room or formal dining. Kitchen is a chef’s dream with double ovens and 2 pantries. Private back yard features a covered patio with gas fireplace.

http://bit.ly/2IfENyJ

Finally, a Next-Gen home in Tehaleh on a greenbelt is now available! This amazing Bainbridge (Home Within A Home) by Lennar will not disappoint even the pickiest of buyers! Main home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + loft and tech center. Main floor suite is 1 bedroom + .75 bathroom and has a separate entry. Home features Smart Home Automation by Amazon and is Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™. Chef’s kitchen boasts an oversized quartz kitchen island, stainless appliances and large pantry. Fully fenced, private back yard, A/C too!

http://bit.ly/31Z074E

Gorgeous move in ready home on HUGE lot in Tehaleh! This home has it all! 4 bedrooms, with 1 being a mini-master suite in addition to Master + 2 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, gigantic upper loft and den on main. Kitchen with butler’s pantry, double ovens, pot filler over gas cooktop and large island overlooking great-room. A/C with Nest “smart connect” thermostat. French doors lead out to to oversized patio with gas hookup and private putting green with sprinkler system! 3 car garage has electric car charger with overhead storage.

http://bit.ly/39Qlx6z

Exquisite MainVue resale features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + all of the luxury that comes standard with a MainVue home! Extra special because it backs to a gorgeous pond and park with views of the Cascades. Main floor den is set away from main living areas for privacy. Great room boasts an abundance of natural light with ceiling-height walls of sliding glass that opens to the Outdoor Room with fireplace. In the kitchen enjoy Quartz counters, huge pantry and Electrolux appliances. Amazing master suite, A/C and more!

http://bit.ly/36GUE4v

LISTED FOR $529,950 AND NOW PENDING!

Do you love Magnolia homes? This 5 bedroom, 2.75 bathroom home on a true greenbelt is what you’ve been looking for! Main floor features 2-story great room which opens to the chef’s kitchen with gas range, walk-in pantry & upgraded cabinets, bedroom and 3/4 bath plus durable LVT wood flooring throughout. Open spindle staircase leads you to the loft, Master with 2 walk-in closets and 3 additional bedrooms. Double french sliders lead to covered patio with fireplace to enjoy the tranquility of your private back yard.

LISTED FOR $489,950 AND NOW PENDING!

Move in ready 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home with a large flat back yard is ready for you to call home! Gleaming wood floors throughout the main level aside from the office and 1/2 bath on main. Kitchen boasts huge island that opens to great room with tons of natural light. On the main floor you will find a planning/tech center, spacious mudroom and laundry room. Upstairs you’ll find a huge master suite, 3 more bedrooms, bathroom and loft.

Weekly Listing Round Up

We have some fabulous homes on our board this week so go ahead and take a peek! See something you just have to make yours?! Interest rates are low and the time is right now to make a move. Reach out to our team today and let’s get you moved in!

13145 176th Ave E, Bonney Lake
$579,950
Finally, a Next-Gen home in Tehaleh on a greenbelt is now available! This amazing Bainbridge (Home Within A Home) by Lennar will not disappoint even the pickiest of buyers! Main home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + loft and tech center. Main floor suite is 1 bedroom + .75 bathrooms and has separate entry. Home features Smart Home Automation by Amazon and is Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™. Chef’s kitchen boasts an over-sized quartz kitchen island, stainless appliances and large pantry. Fully fenced, private back yard, A/C too! http://bit.ly/31Z074E

13819 Overlook Dr E, Bonney Lake

Listed for $670,000

Gorgeous move in ready home on HUGE lot in Tehaleh! This home has it all! 4 bedrooms, with one being a mini-master suite in addition to Master bedroom. 3.5 bathrooms, gigantic upper loft and den on main. Kitchen with butler’s pantry, double ovens, pot filler over gas cooktop and large island overlooking great-room. A/C with Nest “smart connect” thermostat. French doors lead out to to over sized patio with gas hookup and private putting green with sprinkler system! 3 car garage has electric car charger with overhead storage.  http://bit.ly/39Qlx6z

14515 Overlook Dr E, Bonney Lake

Listed for $649,950

Exquisite MainVue resale features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + all of the luxury that comes standard with a MainVue home! Extra special because it backs to a gorgeous pond and park with views of the Cascades. Main floor den is set away from main living areas for privacy. Great room boasts an abundance of natural light with ceiling-height walls of sliding glass that opens to the Outdoor Room with fireplace. In the kitchen enjoy Quartz counters, huge pantry and Electrolux appliances. Amazing master suite, A/C and more! http://bit.ly/36GUE4v

LISTED FOR $529,950 AND NOW PENDING!

LISTED FOR $489,950 AND NOW PENDING!

Staging Your Home For The 2020 Housing Market

February 24th, 2020 Liz Johnson

If you’re planning to sell your house, proper staging can make a huge difference. It’s important to keep in mind that tastes change over time, though, and the staging techniques that were popular when you bought the home might not impress buyers today. If you really want to get the most value out of your home when you sell, it helps to employ staging that will appeal to buyers in the current housing market. Fortunately, there are many ways you can stage your home so that it draws in modern buyers. The goal is to help them see your home as a place they could inhabit and fill with their own style, and these suggestions will help you to achieve this even if tastes have changed since you last decorated your home.

Maximize Your Lighting

A lot of modern buyers are looking for function as well as form when they’re looking at houses. One example of this comes in the form of good lighting. Make sure that the windows are clean and that your window dressings allow natural light to come through. Check that you have sufficiently bright bulbs in your fixtures, and double check that none are burned out. You might also consider adding spotlights or other accent lights in places like the kitchen and bathroom where the potential buyers might want additional light. If you really want to wow people, you could even install smart bulbs that can be controlled from a smartphone or smart speaker.

Keep It Earthy

Color trends change over time. At the moment, warm colors are hot. When staging your home, work with accent colors such as chocolate, olive green, beige and wine to tie your various decorations together. This will add splashes of warm, earthy color that’s neither too bright nor too dark. As an added benefit, these shades go well with a wide range of wall and floor options, so you can add some nice earthy accents without having to completely redesign your home beforehand.

Touch Up the Walls

If your walls are too mild or too wild, consider adding a fresh coat of paint before you get ready to sell your home. There are several colors that are popular right now, including a number of shades of blue, gray and green. You can usually get away with some light pink and gold shades too, as well as the occasional off-white. You don’t want anything too bold in most rooms, just something that will give a bit of color to the room. But feel free to skew a little darker if you’re painting a bathroom or bedroom.

De-Personalize the Place

You may have heard that it’s a good idea to make your home look lived in, since that can help potential buyers see it as an actual living space instead of just a showcase. This isn’t bad advice; having some unique decorative items and other accents can really help buyers to picture their own stuff in the house. Just make sure that you take out anything that’s overly personal, like family photos, items with your family name and other keepsakes. Leave your decorations a little sparse, too. The goal is to inspire potential buyers and help them picture where they would put their belongings and their own pictures, and it’s hard to do that if there are pictures of your family everywhere or decorations filling every available space.

Finding the Right Look

If you’re not exactly sure how to stage your home, don’t be afraid to bring in a bit of professional help. HomeKeepr is here to help you with that, too. Sign up for a free account now and you’ll be on your way to finding the decorator or professional stager to assist you in getting just the look you need to really make your buyers want to sign.

Weekly Listing Round Up!

It has been a busy week for us and we have several Tehaleh listings available.  Take a peek and let us know if we can get you into one of these amazing homes! 

Listed at $670,000

Gorgeous move in ready home on HUGE lot in Tehaleh! This home has it all! 4 bedrooms, with one being a mini-master suite in addition to Master bedroom. 3.5 bathrooms, gigantic upper loft and den on main. Kitchen with butler’s pantry, double ovens, pot filler over gas cooktop and large island overlooking great-room. A/C with Nest “smart connect” thermostat. French doors lead out to to over sized patio with gas hookup and private putting green with sprinkler system! 3 car garage has electric car charger with overhead storage. 

http://bit.ly/39Qlx6z

Listed at $579,950

Finally, a Next-Gen home in Tehaleh on a greenbelt is now available! This amazing Bainbridge (Home Within A Home) by Lennar will not disappoint even the pickiest of buyers! Main home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + loft and tech center. Main floor suite is 1 bedroom + .75 bathrooms and has separate entry. Home features Smart Home Automation by Amazon and is Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™. Chef’s kitchen boasts an over-sized quartz kitchen island, stainless appliances and large pantry. Fully fenced, private back yard, A/C too!

http://bit.ly/31Z074E

Listed at $649,950

Exquisite MainVue resale features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms + all of the luxury that comes standard with a MainVue home! Extra special because it backs to a gorgeous pond and park with views of the Cascades. Main floor den is set away from main living areas for privacy. Great room boasts an abundance of natural light with ceiling-height walls of sliding glass that opens to the Outdoor Room with fireplace. In the kitchen enjoy Quartz counters, huge pantry and Electrolux appliances. Amazing master suite, A/C and more!

http://bit.ly/36GUE4v