10 Moving Tips for an Easy Move

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Moving can be overwhelming and stressful, but it does not have to be. These moving tips are a sure way to make sure the entire process is easy, organized and less stress from start to finish. Let this process be one to enjoy, not dread.

1. Purge before packing. Packing and moving unnecessary items can make packing, and even unpacking, a bigger job than it needs to be. Here are some great items to purge:

    • Books
    • Cookbooks
    • Movies
    • Toys
    • Expired food
    • Toiletries and cosmetics
    • Craft supplies
    • Linens

2. Do little bits at a time. Packing is tiring, so you will want to break it up. Do not wait until the last minute, it will just add stress that you don’t need.

3. Make a packing list. This is a great way to organize your packing process. Start with rooms or areas that you will not need before you move such as books, items on shelves, etc. Really plan it out and set a timeline to each room. You will be sure to finish in time for moving day.

4. Use storage bags of various sizes. You can use these bags for multiple items that would otherwise be separate and loose in a box. Cords, screws/nails, silverware, pens/pencils, and bedside table drawers are just a few ideas to throw into a bag.

5. Tape bags of screws, nails, etc. to the item they belong to, so they stay together. Label the bag with what it goes to just in case it gets torn off or separated in the move.

6. Use towels, blankets, and pillows as padding for breakables. Do not pack them all together, instead, use them around items for additional protection.

7. Label cords and remotes with tape and a sharpie and put them all in the same bag or bin.

8. Along with what is in the box, label your boxes with the room they belong to so unloading is easier. When your friends or moving company unload the boxes, they can drop them in the room it belongs in.

9. If you can, hire a moving company to do the actual move. The moving company will come with all the tools to do the heavy lifting. They are usually more efficient, cutting the move time down tremendously. You can just sit back and supervise.

10. Have a moving party. If you cannot hire a moving company, ask for help and provide snacks, drinks and goodies for those who help. Your friends and family members will appreciate the thought.

I hope you found these tips helpful. May your next move be a little bit easier.

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7 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

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We all seem to be finding ourselves having a little more time than normal with the stay home and stay safe order. Now is the perfect time to spend some of your free time doing various projects to boost the value of your home. Whether you are thinking about selling in the near future, refinancing or just want to make sure you take good care of your home, these suggestions are a great way to help your home stay healthy and up to date!

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Improve Your Curb Appeal

The weather here in the PNW has been perfect to start, or finish, those outside projects of yours. Taking the time to carefully landscape your yard can really help boost the value of your home. Clear out weeds, trim back bushes, edge the grass and throw on some new bark. While you are at it, add a few pots of color to your porch! And don’t forget about your backyard. A little bit of clean up and landscaping can do wonders!

Repaint Your Front Door

This simple update will add a fresh look to your home. White, red, blue or black are the perfect colors for any color of your home. A newly painted door can change the entire look of a home and help maintain the quality of the door itself.

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Fresh Coat of Paint

This is one of the easiest ways to increase your home’s value! A fresh coat of paint can really make your home look new and up to date whether it be all the walls or just a few rooms. If it is in the budget, a fresh coat of paint outside is a fantastic idea as well. Remember, color matters. Choose colors that are both current and go with the rest of your home and décor.

Add or Replace Hardware

Simple, right? Right. Adding or replacing hardware in your bathrooms and kitchen completely changes the space and will ensure your cabinets last longer with less wear and tear.


Upgrade Light Fixtures

Are your light fixtures still builder grade and basic? Are they all different styles? Replacing fixtures is another simple task with a big impact. Updating to something modern and in style takes nothing more than a screwdriver and a few minutes to replace. Similar areas should match, kitchen, hallways, bedrooms, bathrooms. Congruency is key. Do your porch and patio lighting need some love? Replace those too!

Replace Floors

New flooring can seem like a daunting task. However, this is one of the best ways to increase your value. This is also an area that you want to pick quality. Spending a little more on a quality flooring will not only increase value but make sure your floors last years without needing to be replaced.


Clean and Treat the Roof

Remove moss, replace shingles, repair damage and treat with a moss treatment. You may even need a new roof. Either way, this update has a major impact on the value and longevity of your home.

Ready to sell?  Homes are still selling. Contact me today to discuss your options!

Stay safe.

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The 6 Things You Must Do When Getting Ready to Sell Your Home

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When you’re getting ready to sell your home, there’s a bunch of items to check off the to-do list. I understand how overwhelming and consuming it can be. It’s key that you separate the tasks into achievable to-do lists and exercise some patience with yourself – it won’t all happen in a day!

These 6 steps are designed to get you thinking as you begin your home selling journey:

Rid the Clutter

Follow the general rule of thumb of hiding about 30% of the extra items you have laying around the home – boxes, clothing, chairs, papers, books, the list goes on. Whether you get rid of these and donate them, or you

Neutralize the Interior

You may have loved that bright blue accent wall, but John and Jane Doe might not. Be sure you utilize neutral colors for your interior – either repaint, or remove bright, quirky objects around the home that you’ve used to personalize it to fit your style. Your guests need to be able to picture themselves in your home.

Hide the Pets!

Be sure that the pets are out of the house when you’re hosting showings – this way you avoid them jumping up on (or running out to) the unsuspecting strangers, the bothersome noises, AND you tackle the issue of pet fur and dander that may cause allergy flare ups for your guests.

Let the Light In

Whether you are optimizing your interior lighting or the natural light coming in from the windows, make sure you open the blinds and replace all the light bulbs.

Make it Smell Good

You’ve probably heard of the common “bake cookies” suggestion for home sellers. This is a great solution to make the house smell like home for your guests, or you can simply run to the local candle store and grab some candles or scented plug-ins to add around the house for showing purposes.

Hold Off on the Home Improvement

This doesn’t mean that you can’t finish the projects you had in your lineup – always finish replacements and fixer upper projects, but don’t start a huge renovation makeover when you’re close to selling. You likely won’t make profit on your investment that way.

Are you selling your home shortly? Which of these tips was the most helpful to you? Sound off in the comments below and add your tips for others!

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What to Look For in Your First Home – Thurston County Real Estate

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Buying your first house is equally exciting and intimidating. This is a huge financial and personal investment. As your greater Thurston County real estate agent, my job is to make the process easier on you and help to find the best home for your lifestyle. Here are some of my tips to get you the first house of your dreams.

When buying a home, create a checklist of needs. If you are a parent, look for houses in a good school district and close to a park. Location is one of the most important aspects of home buying, it’s ideal to be somewhere close to work, school and other daily activities. Another important piece of the checklist is what you need in the home. Are you looking for a one or two-story house? Does it need air conditioning? Should the backyard be big, perhaps fenced? These questions help you to narrow down the search and if you know your non-negotiables, you are even closer to finding the perfect house for you.

Another important thing to keep in mind is acknowledging this will probably not be your forever home. While Puget Sound real estate makes for a forever location, there are plenty of great homes to live in. Similarly, there is nothing wrong with going for a more affordable house at first, only to upgrade down the line. This house is an introduction to home ownership for you, not the final chapter. By choosing a more affordable home that might not have every aspect of a house you dream of, you are better suited to pay for a nicer house later down the road. When that time comes, don’t forget about your agent!

Finally, when looking for your first home, pay attention to the neighborhood’s residents and seek council from those around you. Ask your potential neighbors about the daily life in the area, as well as learn of any potential deterrents. Buying a house is a big commitment and you should feel good about the choice. Another great group of people to talk to are real estate agents like myself, as well as trusted family and friends who have gone through a similar process. Your first house affects not only you, but those close you, and second or third opinions will help you get the purchase right the first time.

Buying your first home is an exciting endeavor! When you’re ready to move to Thurston County, go ahead and give me a call and we can begin your journey to homeownership together.

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How To: Prepare Your House to Sell

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Purge and Declutter

A cluttered home doesn’t look good in pictures which can potentially turn buyers away from even viewing your home.  You want your buyer to see the home for what it is, a beautiful structure ready for its next occupant. Purging will also help with your move to your new home.  You’ll have less to move and several items will already be packed and ready when the time comes.



You want potential buyers to see their next home and not a house that is someone else’s. You want the home to be neutral and ready for those who walk through to visualize themselves living there. Replace family photos with easy prints from Etsy or that perfect sunrise photo from the other morning. Removing frames, kids’ artwork, toys and personal items from countertops will really help make the house feel ready for the next occupants. Not sure what to remove? Hiring a consultant to come in and help you determine what should stay or go helps tremendously.



As well as removing personal items, painting is a part of de-personalizing. Neutral walls create a blank slate for buyers as they tour your home, making it easier for them to see your house as their next home. Spackle and refresh paint in any room that needs it. Do you have white walls that are looking a little drab? A gallon of fresh paint can go a long way and really boost the sale quality of your home.

Outdoor Beautification

Outdoor Beautification

Curb appeal and backyards are just as important as the interior of your house.  When a potential buyer pulls up, the exterior of your home will be their first impression. Make it a good one!  Take a step back and look at the home with fresh eyes. What would you see as someone just coming to look at your house for the first time. Weed, remove unnecessary shrubs, plants and trees, lay fresh bark and pressure wash the driveway. Clean the roof by sweeping off debris and treating for moss. And don’t forget to refreshing the exterior paint if it needs it.

Fix It

Fix It

Repair any damage and complete the projects you’ve been putting off.  Change your light bulbs, re-caulk your bathroom and kitchen tile and appliances.  Fix the leaky faucet and replace your broken trim. Start by walking through the house and making a list of anything and everything you can find, big or small. Completing your fix it list prior to listing your home to sell will save you some headaches later in the process.



It’s time to clean everything, from top to bottom.  This should be your final step before listing your house to sell. Take your cleaning to the next level with a deep, thorough cleaning. Wipe down your lights, walls, trim and cabinets. Clean the windows and gutters and don’t forget those pesky cobwebs in the corners!  Cleaning is something you can do yourself or you can hire professional to come in and do a deep clean.

There’s a lot that goes into selling your home. You want your home to feel comfortable and appeal to potential buyers.  If you take the above steps, not only will you prepare your house to sell but help sell it faster.

Ready to list your house? Contact me, I’d love to be your real estate agent.

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Why Hire a Real Estate Agent?

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We live in a DIY world and while doing the work yourself can be beneficial for many projects, some things are better left to the professionals. Home buying and selling is a huge undertaking, physically, financially and emotionally.  Having a real estate professional by your side, guiding you through the process, will provide support in many different ways. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t give up on hiring a real estate agent just yet.


Assisting in buying or selling your home is a real estate agent’s full time job. They come with the knowledge and experience needed to make this a smooth and seamless process. Their education and experience are key to handling this process with ease.

Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, the amount of paperwork involved can be quite grueling and time consuming.  As a client, your time is precious. Hiring a real estate agent allows you to ask questions and sign on the dotted line without having to worry about all the details in between.  Let them handle the who, what, why and where!

Professional References and Referrals

Having been in the field for a while, most real estate agents have collected the names of the best professionals in all areas needed in home ownership.  They can give you the dos and don’ts as well as who you should and shouldn’t hire. They know everyone and are more than willing to help a client out, even after the home purchase is complete.


Negotiations can be tricky.  In a perfect home transaction, the buyer and the seller are both reasonable, easy to work with people who get along.  However, that’s not always the case. Often times, they don’t see eye to eye and a real estate agent can play the middle man, negotiating your terms without emotions getting in the way of the transaction.

Market Analysis and Pricing

The housing market fluctuates on a daily basis and it’s a real estate agent’s job to keep up with the trends.  You may know that a house in your neighborhood was listed for $350,000, but your real estate agent knows that it only sold for $300,000 after sitting on the market for 45 days.   Setting a price too high for a home can be detrimental. Allowing a real estate agent to assist in setting an appropriate price can make for a quick and easy sale.

Emotional Support

Selling your home can be an emotional process and quite honestly frustrating at times.  Whether you’re selling to downsize or upgrade, there’s often an attachment to the home you are selling.  Real estate agents are there to assist through the entire process. This also means when things get emotional, they are right there to listen and help you through whatever you are feeling. They are there for you 100%.

There are many benefits to hiring a real estate agent.  We are here to make the process of buying and selling your home as seamless as possible.  Contact me today and let me help you make this the best experience you’ve ever had!

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