January Business Spotlight

Do you have trouble finding amazing skincare that actually does what it says it will? I did too until I found MaxDahlia. This brand is truly the real deal, they focus on developing formulas using only the most beneficial, scientifically proven ingredients that are clean and non toxic and combining them with plant based nutrients.

I recently did an interview with the owner and local Tehaleh resident, Meisha to dig deeper into her business and find out how she started creating fresh skincare.

Meisha launched MaxDahlia just 1 year ago but has been working on creating skincare and perfecting her formulas for several years prior. She told me that she has been obsessed with skin care and the beauty industry since she was 8. 

Starting a skincare business wasn’t really on her radar until she got pregnant, at that point she became very cautious about the products she was using on her body. Meisha really started digging into what ingredients were in the products that were on the market and knew that she could do better. She started taking tons of chemistry, biology and organic biology classes and did a ton of research on each ingredient that she uses in her products today.

When I asked Meisha what she loved most about her business she said that when clients reach out to her and let her know that their skin has improved and looks great. She truly feels that with the hectic schedules and worries in everyone’s daily lives their skin shouldn’t be something they have to worry about. Connecting with her clients has a huge impact on her.

One of the toughest questions I asked Meisha was which product was her favorite. I was really intrigued to find out since I personally love her whole line. She told me that she loves Flora-A Treatment Creme Oil, her routine in the evening and finishing up with Flora-A is her favorite way to end her day. Needless to say this was a tough question for her to answer.

When Meisha isn’t in her lab mixing products and filling orders you can find her spending time with her two kiddos and husband, doing Yoga (another big passion of hers), going to a great rock concert in the area, or creating new skincare products. After our conversation I could truly feel the passion she has for her business and her clients.

Weekly Listing Round Up

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. Tehaleh features 20+ miles of trails and 11 parks.
http://bit.ly/37SG9u6
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 
This fantastic Richmond resale was off the market in 27 days!

Home Maintenance Tips For The New Year

As the holidays end, family and friends return home, and you start the task of putting your own home back together, now is a good time to take some steps to ensure that you and your home are prepared for the new year.  Below, we will help you navigate these preventative home maintenance areas and ensure that your home and family are starting the new year happy, healthy and safe.

Kitchen

Now that all the cookies and goodies have been made it’s time to show your kitchen a little more than the usual wipe-down. Before you declare the kitchen off limits until spring and settle on the couch with your favorite cocktail, take care of these few items.

-Range Hood

Now is a good time to clean underneath your range hood, including the filter.  Over time grease and other food particles get trapped in the filter making for a yucky mess and keeping your vent from allowing all the odors and steam to escape.  This filter can be cleaned in your dishwasher on the hottest setting (usually the pots and pans setting). If the filter is too clogged, you can purchase a new one on Amazon or at your local hardware store.

-Refrigerator

Refrigerators have a bad habit of collecting spills and odors.  Take the opportunity to clean out your fridge and disinfect the bins.  Wipe down the gaskets on the door(s). Change out the water and air filter if yours is equipped with those to keep your water and ice fresh and odors at bay. On the back of the refrigerator are coils that help to regulate the temperature.  These are dust magnets, especially if you have pets.  Unplug your fridge and use the hose extender on your vacuum to evict those dust bunnies and help your fridge be at its best.

Now that you have a clean refrigerator, take the opportunity to stock with fresh fruits and vegetables to help kick-start healthy habits.

Dishwasher-

Many people tend to overlook their dishwasher until they start to have a smell or the dishes don’t get washed properly. To avoid a dishwasher disaster, make sure to remove the filter and manually wash it.  Look for signs of tears and replace.  Inspect all hoses if you have access to them.  Inspect the arms and use a paper clip or sewing needle to loosen any debris from the water holes.  Spray a degreaser and wipe down the gasket along the door.  Finally, run an empty load with vinegar and baking soda to destroy odors. 

-Fire extinguisher

Confirm that you have a kitchen fire extinguisher and that it is still charged. The pressure gauge should have a green area.  If the needle is in this area it is good to go.  If it is in the red, toss it or have it recharged. If you don’t have one, you can buy them at Costco or on Amazon. 

Bathrooms

-Vent fans

To keep mold and mildew at bay, ensure that dust buildup is removed.  These fans help draw moisture out and keep air circulating.  Remove dust with an old toothbrush or remove the cover and wash in soapy water.

-Medical Supplies

Now is a good time to restock those first aid kits and medicine cabinets.  Throw out any expired medications and ointments and ensure you have necessities such as Benadryl, Tylenol and Motrin, band-aids, ice packs, gauze etc.

-Check Caulk

Look at areas around tubs, showers and toilets that have caulking.  Replace any cracked or missing areas.          

Bedrooms and Living Areas

 –Purge those closets

We all have those pieces of clothing that we hang on to because “I may wear it one day.”  If you haven’t worn it in the last year, toss it.  Check clothes for holes, rips, missing buttons etc.  Try to organize your closet in a system that works for you.  Some people prefer by color.  Some prefer by type of clothing. You may even put together an amazing new outfit you didn’t know you had!! For kids, toss out any toys/sports equipment that are broken, missing parts, or that they just don’t need/ touch anymore. 

Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms

These are things we don’t usually pay attention to… until we really need them.  Take the time to ensure batteries are replaced and alarms are working. 

Make an inventory/update files

Now is a good time to review your homeowner’s insurance policy and ensure that your coverage is up to date.  Make an inventory of items in your home, especially big-ticket items, or new items that you acquired over the holidays.  Its also a good idea to get all the owners manuals and warranty papers for items in your home and store in a safe place like a safe or home office.

-Inspect gas fireplace

Gas fireplaces are soaring in popularity.  Whether fueled by propane or natural gas, your fireplace should be inspected yearly. It is best to call a certified chimney sweep contractor to make sure that the vents are not clogged and allowing dangerous fumes to enter your home or that valves and connections aren’t leaking which can lead to explosions.

Outside

As you’re outside taking the Christmas lights down, or deflating that blow up Santa Claus, pay attention to the outside of your home and get the jump on any possible problem areas.

-Spigots and hoses

Disconnect hoses from spigots, drain water completely and put a cover on your spigot.

-Gutters

If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to clean the leaves and other debris from your gutters.  This will help protect from your roof and ensure water is draining properly.  Inspect your roof and ensure there are no holes or missing shingles.

Sidewalks and patios

Sweep off these areas of leaves and debris.  Head to your local hardware store and stock up on snow shovels and ice melt to head off any slips and slides during winter weather.

-Lighting/security

Replace any broken light fixtures/burnt out bulbs.  Ensure that security cameras are placed in areas that focus on entry and exit points to your home and windows are not easily opened from the outside.

Home maintenance can seem daunting at times but remember, it doesn’t have to all be done in a day. These are just a few simple, quick things you can do that will make a big difference.

Weekly Listing Round Up

Okay guys, lets get real for a minute.  We have lots of clients who are looking and not finding because inventory is very low right now.  If you have been on the fence about selling, or just want more information to see where your home value stands, don’t wait!! Let the Liz Keeps It Real Estate Team help you make that thought a priority. If you’re a buyer, let us know what you’re looking for so we can match you with someone who has the perfect home. Check out this awesome home below while you’re at it.  

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

Weekly Listing Round Up!

Fantastic Richmond resale on a large lot in Tehaleh is now ready for you to call home! This 4 bedroom, 2.75 bathroom + den + bonus has everything you’re looking for including A/C! You’ll be delighted by the enormous kitchen with adjacent sunroom dining area, main floor den that could be used as a guest room with 3/4 bath. Large Master Suite on upper level along with 3 other bedrooms, main bath, laundry room & bonus room / loft. Outdoors you’ll love the extended driveway, covered back patio and sprinkler system

http://bit.ly/2DhMNfZ

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

Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit

As you make payments against your mortgage, you build equity in your home. This equity can be used to secure future loans, making it easier to refinance your home or cover certain other expenses. Depending on your needs, you might consider taking out a home equity loan or a home equity line of credit (HELOC). The question is, which one is the better option for your current situation?

This is actually kind of a tricky question. Let’s look at what the differences are between these two ways of using equity and the situations that each is best for. That should give you a good idea of exactly how well each option fits your needs so you can choose the home equity solution that’s best for you.

What Is a Home Equity Loan?

As the name implies, a home equity loan is a loan that uses the equity you’ve built in your home as collateral. As with other standard loans, when you’re approved for the loan you receive the entire amount of the loan as a lump sum payment. Typically, the amount of a home equity loan is capped by the amount of equity you have in your home, with the new loan serving as a lien against the home. Home equity loans typically feature fixed interest rates and fixed repayment terms, with the most common terms being 10 or 15 years. As with other loans, you’re required to make monthly payments against the home equity loan until it is repaid in full.

What Is a HELOC?

A home equity line of credit is similar to a home equity loan in some ways, with the biggest similarity being that they are both borrowed against the equity in your home. Unlike a home equity loan, however, a HELOC does not give you a lump sum of money once the loan is approved. Instead, you receive a debit card or checkbook that you can use to access the line of credit. You’re only charged interest on the amount you’ve borrowed against the HELOC, and feature fluctuating interest rates and balloon payments after a certain period of time. There is also an advance period on the loan which is the time period in which you can access money from the line of credit; after this period ends, you can no longer borrow against it.

When to Get a Home Equity Loan

Home equity loans are great if you have a single expense or purchase to make and will need all of the money around the same time. Because they feature fixed interest rates, you know how much your monthly payment will be for the entire life of the loan. When you take out a home equity loan you get your money, pay for your purchase or other expense and then start repaying what you’ve borrowed. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

When to Get a HELOC

A home equity line of credit is a better option if you have multiple purchases or expenses that you have to pay out over a period of time. Many feature low introductory interest rates, allowing you to save money during the first several months because you’re being charged less on the initial purchases you have to make. Some homeowners also take out HELOC loans if they don’t have specific needs but want to have a safety net to cover possible purchases or emergencies; since they’re only charged interest on the amount that they actually borrow against the loan, that safety net can wait for the entire advance period without raising interest charges if the funds aren’t actually needed.

Getting Some Expert Advice

Sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly what type of equity product is best for your needs. Fortunately, HomeKeepr can help you find lending experts who can help you decide on the best option for your personal situation. Sign up for a free account today to get matched with an equity pro!

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

The joy of Christmas is all around us in the lights, the smells, the hustle and bustle of our shopping centers, the songs on the radio.  Santa Claus is a busy man this time of year, but it appears that he has carved out some time to make a few appearances in Tehaleh this month!  Make sure and mark your calendar and join in for some jolly fun.

Santa Run and Food Drive

December 8th (9am – 1pm)

Stand back in wander as Santa glides through Tehaleh saying hello. Watch for Pierce County emergency vehicles with flashing lights and Christmas music to let you know that Santa is close behind in his sleigh.  Santa’s helpers will be accepting non-perishable food donations for local food banks in our area as well as passing out candy canes.  Route maps and more info can be found at https://www.eastpiercefire.org/page.php?id=222

Santa at The Post

December 14th (10am – 4 pm)

Santa is back for his annual visit to The Post! Be sure and stop by to get your picture taken with Santa, drop off your Christmas wish lists, and join in on the magic of Christmas in our wonderful Tehaleh neighborhood! Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this opportunity.  More information at http://bit.ly/2Lo2RRN

Weekly Listing Round Up

Fantastic Richmond resale on a large lot in Tehaleh is now ready for you to call home! This 4 bedroom, 2.75 bathroom + den + bonus has everything you’re looking for including A/C! You’ll be delighted by the enormous kitchen with adjacent sunroom dining area, main floor den that could be used as a guest room with 3/4 bath. Large Master Suite on upper level along with 3 other bedrooms, main bath, laundry room & bonus room / loft. Outdoors you’ll love the extended driveway, covered back patio and sprinkler system

http://bit.ly/2DhMNfZ

Amazing move in ready home in Tehaleh awaits! Nestled on a greenbelt, this gorgeous 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom has everything you’re looking for! Dramatic 2 story entry with wraparound open spindle staircase welcomes you. Huge kitchen with walk in pantry and miles of counterspace opens to the great room that features an oversized french slider out to the enormous covered patio with outdoor fireplace. Upstairs you’ll find a well appointed Master Suite plus 3 more beds, main bath and loft. Miles of trails and 11 parks.

http://bit.ly/2XdsJVt

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

Outdoor Turkey Frying: Tips and Tricks

Thanksgiving is on its way, and for most of us, that means turkey. In recent years, fried turkey has grown significantly in popularity; this has led to a lot more people deciding to pick up a large fryer and try their hand at frying their own at home. Unfortunately, this has led to a sharp increase in fryer-related accidents as well. Nothing can ruin a Thanksgiving faster than fryer incidents that result in burns, fires or other serious problems.

To that end, let’s look at a few ways to keep your turkey-frying adventures safe. Whether you’re a first-time fryer or a seasoned turkey-frying pro, here are some things to keep in mind to help keep your holiday safe.

Picking the Right Fryer

There are a few different options available when it comes to turkey fryers. You can opt for a propane fryer that heats with a burner or an electric fryer that you need to plug in. Regardless of the option you choose, make sure that it has temperature controls so that you can keep the oil below its smoke point. One of the big causes of fires at Thanksgiving is that people turn turkey fryers up too high and the oil starts to burn.

Proper Turkey Preparation

While everyone loves the thought of a big juicy turkey as a centerpiece, if you’re frying a turkey, you’re better off going with a smaller bird. Ideally you should opt for a turkey that’s no more than 8 to 10 pounds, or 12 pounds at the upper limit. While fryers can typically handle more than this, bigger birds are more likely to cause oil spills as you put them into the fryer pot. Make sure that frozen turkeys are completely thawed and patted dry and avoid using any water-based marinades to season the bird. Dry brining or other dry rubs are best when prepping your turkey.

Choosing the Right Location

Make sure that your fryer is on a flat, level and solid surface before filling it with oil. Don’t place the fryer on a deck, porch or other area where the surface underneath could shift or shake as people walk by. Don’t place the fryer under trees, near piles of leaves or around other flammable materials. If possible, place the fryer in a place that doesn’t get much foot traffic and where you can easily keep children and pets away.

Watch the Weather

Rain, snow and other inclement weather can cause major problems with turkey fryers, so only fry a turkey outside if the weather will be nice for the entire time that the fryer is hot. If you have a covered carport or garage then this may be a safe place to fry the turkey provided that it can’t be affected by heavy winds or other weather problems.

Be Safe While Frying

Wear eye protection, heat-protectant gloves and long sleeves while around the fryer. Always place the turkey into the oil slowly, don’t just drop it in. If using propane, turn the burner off before placing the turkey in the oil and then turn it back on once the risk of splashes or spills is over. Make sure that somebody is watching the fryer at all times, even if everything seems to be going well.

Have Your Bases Covered

Everyone wants to have a perfect holiday, but it never hurts to plan for the what-ifs and accidents that can take us by surprise. Before frying up the perfect turkey, don’t forget that you can use HomeKeepr to connect with an agent to get you a great deal on your insurance coverage. Sign up for a free account today so you’ll be set once the fryer is going.

Weekly Listing Round Up

Open House this Sunday, November 24th from 11-2pm

Amazing move in ready home in Tehaleh awaits! Nestled on a greenbelt, this gorgeous 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom has everything you’re looking for! Dramatic 2 story entry with wraparound open spindle staircase welcomes you. Huge kitchen with walk in pantry and miles of counterspace opens to the great room that features an oversized french slider out to the enormous covered patio with outdoor fireplace. Upstairs you’ll find a well appointed Master Suite plus 3 more beds, main bath and loft. Miles of trails and 11 parks.

http://bit.ly/2XdsJVt

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