Residential Blog



Differing Home Preferences between Men and Women


In a recent survey by Trulia.com, distinct differences were made between men and women who are looking for homes.  While many women feel that the general features of a home are important as well as a walk in closet, men are more focused on the man-cave and functionality.  That said, the most popular feature for both sexes was a master bathroom, getting selected by 64 percent of men and 75 percent of women. Trulia reports that “The metrosexual male seems to be dominate… There are a lot more synergy between the sexes than we thought. Maybe the battle of the sexes isn’t such a battle after all.”





The Seattle Home Show February 18th-26th


Check out the February edition of the Seattle Home Show at Centurylink Field Events Center. The 68th annual housing extravaganza, America’s Biggest Open House™, will have over 500 home and garden displays, daily “Meet the Experts” seminars, New Products Pavilion area, Made in America feature and wine tasting presented by Lulu Boutique of Lake Chelan. Show exhibits will feature model kitchens and bath vignettes, the newest in building products and materials, landscape displays, living green, arts & crafts and home decorating ideas. Details at www.SeattleHomeShow.com.





Top 5 Requests for Home Design


Richard Taylor, a contributor to the Zillow Blog, has taken it upon himself to do a little research in the home design arena.  He found that there are a few requests from homeowners that pop up more than the others.  Here are the top five requests.

1) Remodel

2) Keep it under 3,000 square feet

3) Lots of light and windows

4) No wasted space

5) Energy efficient





Ten Ways to Winterize Your Home


 

As the temperature drops, it is very important to winterize your home.  According to Paul Bianchina of Inman News, there are ten necessary items on the winter checklist in order to prepare your home for the season.

1) Check smoke detectors:
Take time to count your smoke detectors and to change the batteries.

2) Install a carbon-monoxide detector:
Chances for carbon-monoxide poisoning increases during the winter months as houses are kept closed.

3) Service your heating system:
You should perform a complete system check annually looking for worn belts or other servicing needs.

4) Upgrade your thermostat:
If your current thermostat is off by even a couple of degrees, it could result in substantial wasted energy.

5) Trim trees:
Winter is prime time for wind storms.  Have a professional tree-trimming service inspect the condition of overhanging limbs and safely cut them back as needed.

6) Check the gutters:
Clear gutters of leaf and pine needle debris and make sure the opening from the gutter to the downspout is unobstructed.

7) Break out the caulk:
Caulking around windows, doors, pipes and exterior outlets can make a huge difference in your heating bills.

8 ) Drain Sprinkler systems:
This is also time to shut off outdoor faucets and install freeze-proof faucet covers.

9) Adjust exterior grade:
Make sure that everything slopes away from your home’s foundation to avoid problems with groundwater.

10) Change light timers:
If you have exterior lights with timer settings, adjust the times to account for winter darkness.





Is it Better to Buy a New or Existing Home?


“Is it worth it to fork over extra for a home with up-to-the-minute features and fixtures?” msn.com addresses this question with the latest advice on home buying and the pros and cons of buying new construction.  Check out the full article before you get your heart set on either new or existing.





New HGTV Magazine


The brand new HGTV magazine launched its first test issue yesterday with a small batch of 350,000.  According to Sarah Firshein of curbed.com, “all 144 pages of issue one have something to do with the home: maintaining it, decorating it, improving it, updating it, arguing about it, fixing it, asking questions about it, and even starting at the very beginning and buying it.” This is the second TV- network turned magazine that Hearst as taken on.  The Food Network Magazine and all of its success, may be an indicator of the future of the Home and Garden publication.

For more on the magazine and an interview with the editor in chief Sara Peterson check out the entire article on curbed.com





How to Make Your Home More Secure


Zillow has come up with these seven tips to make your home more safe and secure.  Pretending you have a dog named Killer might be a little over the top but most of these tips definitely deserve a second look.

1) Lock it up
2) Know your neighbors
3) Beware of dog
4) Make it look used
5) Go hi-tech
6) Black out social media
7) Case your own home

Check out the Zillow Blog for the complete how-to for each of these steps.





Worst Remodels for Your Money


When most homeowners take on a highly personalized remodel, they are not taking into account that highly personalized means low return.  Not everyone will appreciate your imported Venetian tile or your heated garage floor like you do.  To help out those of us with unique home design tastes, Bankrate.com and Remodeling Magazine have come up with this list of the six worst home fixes for the money.





The Future of Home Design


With baby-boomer home purchases on the rise, the style of homes will drastically change in the next few years.  Zillow recently reported that we will start discarding formal living rooms and extensive square footage for smaller “green” homes with great rooms and “grab bars”. Here is Zillow’s breakdown of what we will start to see:

Expect to see more:

- spacious laundry rooms
- master suite walk-in closets
- porches
- eat-in kitchens
- two-car garages
- ceiling fans

Expect to see less:

- mudrooms
- formal dining rooms
- four bedrooms or more
- media or hobby rooms
- skylights





The Seattle Home Show is Just 2 Days Away!


 

Visit the CentryLink Field Events Center this coming Friday through Monday (Oct. 7- Oct. 10) to get the latest information on home improvement, home design, garden advice and more.

Want to impress your loved ones with a home cooked meal that is not only edible, but absolutely delicious? Or how about saving some cash this fall and fixing the leaky sink on your own? You’re in luck! This year, the fall run of the Home Show will also feature a New Products Pavilion, daily home improvement classes and cooking demonstrations from some of Seattle’s most popular chefs.

For a full list of vendors and ticket prices please visit www.seattlehomeshow.com