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New Price! $594,950

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Welcome home to this gorgeous Brookstone resale in Tehaleh! You’ll love the dramatic open spindle staircase as you enter and then wowed with extensive wood flooring and a wall of windows in the great room that opens to the kitchen and dining! Kitchen features walk in pantry, quartz counters and a gas range. Covered patio with fireplace and no neighbors behind make this level yard a private oasis. Master suite is enormous with sitting room, 2 closets and a stunning 5 piece bath. Upstairs is the loft in addition to 4 more bedrooms.

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Light and bright, move in ready home in Tehaleh is now available! This 4 bedroom, 2.25 bath home is sure to please with it’s open concept living and well appointed spaces. Kitchen features white quartz counters a a huge island overlooking the great room. 4th bedroom is on the main & can easily be used as an office or den. Upstairs you’re greeted with a spacious loft, large laundry room and all other bedrooms. Huge Master Suite features 2 closets and a bathroom with 2 sinks and an oversized shower. Covered patio, AC and so much more!

Pantry Organization for Preppers

With more people staying at home and avoiding crowds, a lot of homeowners are turning to home prepping as a way to cut back on trips to the store and avoid shortages. Unfortunately, many people find themselves overwhelmed. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to stock up on. And once the pantry is fully stocked and prepped, maintaining it, and finding what you need among all the other things, can be difficult. Organization is a key part of successful prepping, so if you want to have an effective pantry, here are a few organizational tips to keep in mind.

What Should You Store?

First things first: What should you store in your pantry? Obviously, you want things that are shelf-stable and will last a while. Pick up or prepare staples like canned vegetables, canned fruits, crushed tomatoes and dry goods like pasta, rice and beans. Add cooking supplies like cooking oil, flour and cornmeal, plus sweeteners like sugar and honey. Beyond that, round things out according to your family’s tastes. This is where you add your taco shells, your pasta sauces, cereals, popcorn, condiments and dressings, canned meats and anything else that you know your family uses regularly. If you have pets, you can also set aside a section of your pantry for pet food as well.

Organizing for Easy Access

When you start organizing your pantry, don’t just stick things wherever you can find a space for it. Take everything out, clean the area so that you’re starting fresh, then put things back in a reasonable and organized way. Group similar items, like different types of canned vegetables, together so that everything is easy to find. Avoid just shoving a bunch of things together to make more room, since that will cause confusion and make some of your items a lot harder to find when you’re looking for them.

Label Everything

Place labels on your shelves once you have everything organized so you’ll know what goes in any particular space in the pantry. That doesn’t mean that you have to micromanage and label each individual type of item, of course; create categories like “Jelly” and “Vegetables” to simply mark the general area where those items go. If you want to be really efficient with your labeling, take the time (or recruit family members to help) and place an easy-to-read sticker or label on the top or front of each item, and write the expiration date on it for reference.

Remember FIFO

Where a lot of people run into problems is rotating stocked items as new items are bought or made. Keep the FIFO principle in mind as you restock your pantry: First In, First Out. New items should always go to the back, allowing the older items in the front to be used first. As you take items out of the pantry, move up the items behind them so that they’re closer to the front and you have room to place things behind them later.

Shelving and Storage Additions

If you need to add shelving or other storage types to your pantry area, try to do so in a way that makes stocking and access easier. Standalone shelves that you can walk behind or rollout shelves that you can pull toward you make it a lot easier to place new items at the back, while sliding shelves or rotating units make it easy to reach stored items that otherwise might be hard to get to.

Emergency Storage

In general, your pantry should be filled with items that you’re actually going to use and that will be rotated out over time. If you really want to make sure that you’re good in case of a disaster, though, you can set aside a space for some additional emergency storage as well. Consider this sort of a “backup pantry” and focus on items with very long shelf lives such as freeze-dried rations, vacuum-sealed grains and bottled water. You should check expiration dates at least once or twice a year and move items about to expire to your main pantry, or use them for activities such as camping trips, hiking excursions or other adventures.

Building Out Your Pantry

Building a new pantry or adding onto an existing one can be tricky. Fortunately, HomeKeepr is here to help. Sign up for a free account today and to find pros based on recommendations from people you trust so that you can find the right person to give you the pantry of your dreams.

What to Repair Before You List

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top five recommended repairs to make before selling your home.

Repaint walls.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.

Repair floors.

Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!

Refresh the landscaping.

Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel.

Fix your fixtures.

Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment

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Stunning HC resale in Tehaleh! This 6 bed 3.75 bath home has it ALL! Extensive wood flooring throughout main level welcomes you in to the great room w/ wood built ins & 2 sliders that lead out to the covered deck w/ fireplace & stairs leading down to the level back yard on greenbelt. Basement features a rec room, theater room, wetbar w/ wine fridge & icemaker & mini master. Kitchen is a chef’s dream & all appliances stay! Master suite w/ gas fp, huge 5pc bath. Surround sound, sprinkler system.

Trilogy lifestyle at it’s best! Step outside & take a short walk to Seven Summits Lodge for a workout or a meal w/ friends, take a short walk to The Post for a coffee, or just sit on your front porch & take in the view of the pond! This home has the unique feature of a 2nd Master Suite on the upper level which can also serve as a bonus room or additional office space if you wish. Every other well appointed space is conveniently on the main level. Club fee included w/ this home so move fast!

Choosing Interior Colors: An Overview

A home is supposed to be a sanctuary, a place where you escape the chaos of everyday life. But sometimes those sacred spaces get pretty chaotic almost on their own. Maybe it’s clutter that’s overtaking your space, or maybe it’s something far worse: room colors that fail to harmonize. Repainting can be a big job, but if you go in with a plan you can create the home you’ve always wanted.

The Key? Think Globally

It can be very tempting to think of your home as a series of rooms, each wholly independent of one another. The truth is something different, though. Houses are actually a series of rooms that work together to create an overall atmosphere (plus, you know, a place to give you shelter and to store your stuff). When you consider how your rooms actually work together, you can choose colors that are far more likely to play well together room by room.

Start with the obvious: the rooms that are literally connected to one another. Unless you have a teenager, the chances are high that the doors will stay open long enough for you to be able to spy one room as you’re going through another. And, of course, you may have rooms that are literally part of one larger space, such as a living/dining combo.

Before you even walk into a paint shop or start looking at samples online, take the time to map out how each room interacts with the next. For example, a living/dining combo are two spaces that work independently, but also together. You’ll definitely want to consider each when you’re choosing colors, even if those colors aren’t exactly the same. For example, you may want to paint your living area a light blue and your dining area a light gray. Carefully chosen colors can harmonize together.

Rooms Behind Walls

What about the not so obvious rooms in your home, such as the guest bedrooms, the bathrooms or the utility room? Can they act independently since there’s a transition?

Yes, but mostly no.

As you move through one space, say, that calm living/dining combo we painted in the section above, you want to maintain a similar feel in the next space. So if your kitchen sits behind the dining area, rather than painting orange, for example, look for a color that harmonizes with the grays and blues. After all, you’re going to see the colors of that kitchen from your dining room.

It may seem kind of silly to worry about clashing colors that literally only overlap through a doorway, but those colors are more than just colors. Those colors are attitudes, they’re sensations, they’re hints at how rooms are meant to be used and what kind of overall atmosphere you want your home to convey. When going through a room transition makes it feel like you’ve stepped into a whole different house, you need to address the biggest design element there: the paint.

Although contrasting colors have their places and certainly can work in transitional spaces, you want to maintain coordinated colors between rooms. To make that more clear, your first goal is to choose the palette, and therefore atmosphere, that your whole home should convey. That might be pastels or jewel tones or earth tones, or whatever works for you, as long as it’s consistent. Your second goal is to apply those colors in a way that maintains the emotional effect you have in mind.

Going back to that kitchen, since our living room and dining were light gray and blue, you might consider a light blue-gray, a light green, or even a light yellow, depending on the palette you’re working with.

Colors are Moods, Choose Wisely

Sherwin-Williams has been predicting popular color palettes for years. They’re a great place to start looking for your new “it” colors. Other paint companies will also offer palettes among their paint chips, giving you a lot of pre-designed options if you’re not sure you can handle the job alone.

If you’re scratching your head about how to birth the right mood in your own home, your favorite painter can also lend a hand. If you don’t have a painter yet, check out the HomeKeepr community for all the best painters in your area. Accounts for homeowners are totally free, so you’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot of harmony to gain!

New Smart Home Devices That Will Change Your Life

Smart home devices are increasingly popular these days. With automation assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant making device control easy, many homeowners are looking for the perfect devices to pair with them. With so many new devices to choose from, it can be a bit intimidating trying to figure out exactly what you need for your home. To help you out, here are a few items that might fall outside of the usual “must haves” but will completely transform your home for the better.

NVIDIA Shield TV Player

There’s a good chance that you already have a streaming device like a Roku in your home, so why would you need another streaming player? Not only does the NVIDIA Shield have some pretty impressive processing and memory stats, but it’s also compatible with a wide range of devices, and it comes ready to integrate with everything via Google Assistant. You can stream game content using NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW service as well. If that wasn’t enough, it runs Android TV apps so it’s capable of adding streaming channels that may not be available on Roku.

TP-Link Kasa Smart Power Strip

A power strip might seem like an odd choice to add smart capabilities to, but it’s a must if you’re trying to be energy-conscious and reduce your carbon footprint (along with your electric bill). With six individually powered outlets and three USB ports, this smart power strip lets you control what is and isn’t getting power via voice commands through most major digital assistants. That makes it easy to turn plugged-in devices on and off while also letting you monitor energy consumption for each device remotely.

Kohler Moxie Showerhead

Bluetooth speakers are increasingly common these days, and there are already a few models that are designed for use in the bathroom. So what makes this speaker option different? Aside from the showerhead being designed by the fixture pros over at Kohler, the speaker itself is located right in the center of the showerhead, so you don’t have to worry about the sound of your shower overpowering some little speaker elsewhere in the room. The speaker is easy to remove for charging and transport and comes in multiple color options to make customizing the look of your shower that much easier.

Yale Smart Delivery Box

Porch thieves are increasingly a problem as more people order items online. This simple-looking box is designed to take care of that problem, however. When you receive a delivery, the driver simply needs to place the package inside the box and let the lid close. Once closed, the smart lock in the lid engages and no one can open the box until you personally disengage it. There’s even a version of the Smart Delivery Box that allows you to set the lock for multiple uses on days when you’re expecting several packages and need to be able to reset it without collecting your package after each delivery.

Brilliant Control

If you really want to step up your smart home game, consider installing the Brilliant Control. This Alexa-enabled touch controller can control your devices, supports in-home video chats and gives your home a futuristic look because the controller is mounted directly into a wall switch. As you add new devices to your network, you can add icons directly to the Brilliant Control’s display so that you can have direct control over them with a simple touch.

Smarten Up Your Home

While some smart home devices are as easy to set up as plugging them in and setting up an app on your smartphone, others like the Brilliant Control require a bit of wiring knowledge. If you need to get an electrician or smart home expert in to help you set things up, you can depend on HomeKeepr to help you. Sign up for a free account today and connect with the pro who will make your smart home dreams come true.

GIVEAWAY TIME With A Quarantine Escape

We miss seeing you and hearing from you!  Since this quarantine seems to be sticking around for far too long, we want to help you get away from it all! We want to give you a gift certificate for $650 to spend at the beautiful and relaxing Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, WA. 

 How does this sound:

Only 30 minutes from Seattle, Salish Lodge provides a quintessential
Pacific Northwest experience. Each one of our 86 guestrooms is a luxury
retreat of its own. All have gas fireplaces, spa-like showers with
dual shower heads or oversized soaking tubs, and many have views of the
Snoqualmie River and the historic hydroelectric power plant. It’s the
perfect place to create an incredible romantic getaway or to relax
after spending the day hiking the local trails

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Here’s the deal though, we need YOU to CALL US

and tell us how you are doing 

Call us on Thursday September 10th between 10am – 3pm

and you will be entered into the drawing

But wait…THERE’S MORE!   If you know someone looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate and refer them to me during our call, you will be entered into an additional raffle for a $50 Visa gift card! 

DON’T LEAVE YET! There’s still more…

You will receive 5 additional entries into the drawing if you leave a review on Yelp describing your experience working with our team

We look forward to connecting with you on Thursday September 10th between 10am-3pm

Tehaleh Tour of Homes

Curious about some of the different floor plans being built in the neighborhood? Here is your chance to check out 10 featured homes without leaving your living room!

On August 22nd from 11am-4pm Newland Communities is hosting a virtual Tour of Homes where you can walk through different home plans and talk with qualified experts.

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Don’t forget, there is no cost to you for using our services when purchasing a new home. So if you fall in love with a new home and are interested in buying, don’t hesitate to reach out. My team and I would love to help!

This One Is Going To Go Quick!

You do not want to miss out on this beautiful move in ready resale located on 135th Street East!

This light and bright 4 bedroom, 2.25 bath home features a huge kitchen with an island that opens up to the great room and leads out to covered/ extended patio & beautiful back yard. Upstairs you’ll love the large loft, oversized laundry room, 2 additional bedrooms & main bath. You’ll fall in love with the spacious Master suite that features large shower and two closets! The 4th bedroom is located on the main floor & currently used as an office. Don’t let this one slip by!

Moving day, just imagine it: The sun is shining, the weather is just perfect, and you’re about to close one chapter and open a brand new one. There’s so much possibility ahead! Although it may be exciting and full of promise for you, moving can be a terrifying event for your pets, even if you’re just moving down the street. Fortunately, you can take a lot of steps to protect your furry, feathery and scaly pals in these high stress times.

Your Moving Day Checklist: Pet Edition

Whether you’ve got a dog that you love, a cat that’s a handful or a flock of chickens, moving with animals takes patience and attention to detail in order to help them get through the process with the least amount of stress possible. Remember that your pet doesn’t understand what’s happening and that the noise, strangers and general chaos can be terrifying for them.

Before you so much as begin to pack, it’s important to consider what’s going to happen with your pets during your move. Here are some things you can do to keep them safer and happier during the whirlwind that’s to come:

  • Start practicing now. It’s likely your pet will need to be confined to a crate, bathroom or other safe space so that the door can be left open to move things out. Before the move starts, you can begin to get them used to the idea of being confined. Start by staying in or near the space with them and rewarding them when they relax (this could take some time at first, so be patient). As they get better at being confined with you, go farther and farther away, and for longer periods, rewarding them as they adjust to the situation.

Getting your pets used to being confined like this can help prevent injuries to them should they frantically scramble to escape, and can help you better see what kinds of things in those spaces may be potentially dangerous when they’re left unattended on moving day.

  • Ask your vet. Your vet has all kinds of things in their dispensary for these one-time highly stressful events. They can make a specific recommendation based on your pet’s history and particular panic buttons, and also give you more behavioral tools to your own toolbox to help your pet cope. Absolutely ask your vet for help before you even book a mover or a moving truck.
  • Take frequent breaks. If you can, stretch your move out over a few days or a week so that your pets can have a breather from their safety spot. Depending on just how much there is to move, it’ll be easier on you, too. For example, you might move a lot of boxes on Monday, take the small appliances over on a Wednesday and then move the furniture on Friday. Giving your pet some time to shake off the stress will make the move a lot easier for them.
  • Consider a pet sitter. Longer moves may require you to be away for a while, which turns an already stressful situation into a potential for real trouble. A pet sitter will help fill your shoes while you’re moving, or while you’re taking care of getting the new place cleaned up and ready to go if your pet is very prone to stress in new situations. Just make sure to introduce the pet to the sitter ahead of time so they can get to know one another.

Make Your Move Easier with HomeKeepr

Not sure where to turn for a pet-friendly mover or a pet sitter who can help tend your favorite furry friend while you’re away? Look no further than HomeKeepr where you can find the perfect pet-friendly moving team that can help you start your new chapter with as little stress as possible.