Month: April 2014

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…