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Month: April 2014

Do you really need new windows?

Do you really need new windows?

You might be surprised to hear that the answer is ‘probably not.’ Experts in “green building” will tell you that unless old window frames are thoroughly rotten, most windows can be repaired for a fraction of the replacement cost. Instead, if you spend about $1K to update insulation, caulking and weather stripping, you’ll still save 10%-20% on your energy bill. To recoup the cost of new windows, plan on staying in your house for another 10 years. Posted by Alice…

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Should you move or improve?

Should you move or improve?

Should you move or improve your home? If you are a typical home owner, you probably ask yourself this question every few years. The answer is seldom obvious or simple. The are basically two reasons to take on home improvement projects. The first is for your own enjoyment. The second is to increase the re-sale value.  Believe it or not, it can be easier to calculate the value of your enjoyment than the value of a remodel. Remodeling Magazine conducts…

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a win-win business

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a win-win business

Did you know that the non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity operates home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price? These ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world. The two locations closest to West Seattle are located at 21 S….

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How hot is the Seattle real estate market?

How hot is the Seattle real estate market?

  Here’s a story that will illustrate how quickly homes sell in the Seattle area right now. My clients, N & E, called me on January 6th to discuss the possibility of selling their North Beacon Hill home in order to buy a new one that better met their changing needs. After identifying and completing some minor tasks needed to get their home ready for market, they listed it with me on Thursday, Feb. 13th. By Sunday, Feb. 16th, we…

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