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Back to Balance: Our Motto for September

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  You’ve finished the school shopping. You’ve got the kids to their first day of the new semester. You’ve dragged all the sweaters and boots out of the closet.  There’s just one thing left to do: regain some balance. Summer’s always a wild ride. It’s a crazy time for business, of course, but it’s also that special season in the Pacific Northwest where everyone is…

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Making It Personal

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Why renovate when you could just buy a new home? Well… we have some thoughts on that!     We love uncovering and transforming unique features in older homes. It’s one of our favorite things about this job – taking something familiar and making it new again. Sure, you could buy a brand new house with “custom” features – but nothing’s going to be as…

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The Decision to Sell or Remodel

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It can be difficult for a homeowner to decide if they want to fix a house that has fallen into disrepair. Sometimes, it feels like a better financial decision to simply sell, and invest in a newer home. And sometimes that is the better choice, for a variety of reasons. Maybe your family has outgrown the house; or maybe you need to move across town…

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Why Should We Crave Feedback

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Feedback is a word that can cause instant anxiety. Sometimes, that word can remind you of negative experiences that left you feeling terrible about yourself and your future. Of course, everyone has received feedback that is both good and safe; but it can also be hurtful and damaging, depending how and when it is given or received! But ultimately, I would encourage you to see all…

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Scratch Your Niche Podcast | They Say That The Riches Are In The Niches

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  Our good friend, Bryan Reynolds, owner of the local coffee shops Anthem Coffee is quite the community leader! When he asked us to come speak on his new podcast that just came out this month, called Scratch Your Niche, we couldn’t say no! The S.Y.N. Podcast focuses on interviewing and sharing information from local business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs who found their niche, scratched…

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How To Have The Best Experience Working With A Contractor During Your Home Remodel

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Chris and I want to share what we’ve learned and our experience working in the home and real estate industry for many years to help you create the best possible experience during your home renovation! It can be a scary process when you begin a home remodel. There are many emotions that go into renovating your home. Trusting someone with your home and putting it…

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Our Renovation Story

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Every home has a unique footprint, not only upon the land it sits, but in the hearts of those who fill its walls. Our home has imprinted deep family connections and memories that will last a lifetime. Our home has brought together our family for 19 years. Our lives have been woven throughout each room. The memories we’ve created here have kept me grounded and…

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3 Simple Tips To Help You Start Your Garden Today

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In the Pacific Northwest we’ve had some very extreme weather the last two months. True winter came for a late visit. With over a foot of snow dumped in 24 hours and more the following days, we had snow in our yard until recently. And at our home, we don’t get a lot of sun in certain areas of our yard until Spring has “sprung”.…

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New Year, New Home

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You may not be moving to a new home this year, but does your home need some freshening up? Does it need more space and less “things”? A new year is a great way to start something new, set new goals and even get a fresh new outlook on your life. It’s the most popular time of the year to join a gym, eat healthier,…

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Project #10: Window Replacement Of Our Top 10 Renovation Projects For Return On Investment

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Replacing your windows is a good idea whether you are planning on moving or staying in your home. Either way, new windows will give you a great return on the investment you make. Depending on what region of the country you live in will determine your Return On Investment, but the National Association of Realtors  say that window replacement projects can return homeowners more than…

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Project #9: Deck, Patio, or Porch Additions Of Our Top 10 Renovation Projects For Return On Investment

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Need more living space in your home? Try looking outside! Creating more living space to your home can be challenging but a patio and porch addition is a great way to add extra space to your home. Adding a deck to your home is one of the best investments you can make to your home! In most cases, you can see a 100% return on…

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Project #8: Basement Conversion Of Our Top 10 Renovation Projects For Return On Investment

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The possibilities are endless when deciding what the extra space in your basement could be used for. The extra living space in a basement is commonly turned into an entertainment room, a playroom, an office or guest area. Converted basements are also great spaces for an additional dwelling unit for grandparents, a young adult or could potentially be rented out to create another source of…

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Project #7: Major Bathroom Remodel Of Our Top 10 Renovation Projects For Return On Investment

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The master or main bathroom in a house is not only a great place to increase the value of your home, it’s also a place where you can benefit functionally from an update. Adding new paint, flooring, sinks, tile, tubs, and showers can be extremely functional but also a place of great peace. For example, in a recent remodel, we added a picture window above…

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Project #6: Major Kitchen Remodel of our Top 10 Renovation Projects For Return On Investment

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As we had said on our previous Basic Kitchen Remodel article, the kitchen is the natural choice for a renovation project since it is typically the centerpiece for every home. It’s where families gather. So many memories are created with family and friends in this area. Creating a space that will facilitate these memories and the people you love most should be the goal with…

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Project #5: Attic Conversion Of Our Top 10 Renovation Projects For Return On Investment

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There is a unique space many may overlook when seeking ways to add extra space to their home and increase their “return on investment” (ROI) for the addition. This unusual space is the attic. There are some things to consider when you look at transforming your attic and it can offer your home several different functional spaces. Many of us have thought of an attic…

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Top 10 Renovation Projects For Return On Investment Project #4: Exterior Improvements

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Paint It’s all about first impressions! First impressions are not only important at a job interview, they’re also incredibly important when you are ready to sell your home. The paint color and condition of the paint is one of the first things a potential buyer notices. Not only does a fresh coat of paint appeal to buyers, but when caulking has been done with the…

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Top 10 Renovation Projects for Return on Investment Project #3: Basic Kitchen Remodel

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If you are looking to update your home, the kitchen is a natural choice to start with. After all, so much of the family time is centered around this area.  And the kitchen makes a huge first impression when someone comes into your home. The kitchen remodel should give you at least a 80-90% return on your investment (ROI) assuming you stick with finishes that…

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Top 10 Renovation Projects for Return on Investment Project #2: Basic Landscaping

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IS IT WORTH THE INVESTMENT? Of course, it is worth the investment! Landscaping adds value to your home. HGTV has made curb appeal famous. The average return at resale is 100 percent. Families that are house hunting will be more excited about a home if the landscape is well kept with green grass and some gorgeous flowers. With a little TLC your yard could make…

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Top 10 Renovation Projects for Return on Investment Project #1: Basic Bathroom Remodel

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Project #1: Basic Bathroom Remodel If you are looking to update your home and trying to determine the best bang for your buck, start with your bathroom. A basic bathroom remodel may give you a 100% return on your investment. It’s important to be cautious with your budget for the finishes. You can easily spend $15,000 to $40,000 on a high-end bathroom and you won’t…

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Top 10 Renovation Projects for Return On Investment

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Are you looking to update your home? It can be daunting to decide where to best spend your money and if you will see any of that money in return. Often times clients have to make choices between what they want updated, what they can afford and what will give them the best Return on Investment (ROI). In some cases, a project is completed because…

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