Somewhere in Seattle, someone has just closed on their first home. It is an exciting time and something to be very proud of. Will you be joining that club this year? If so, then you’ll want to take your time to do to things right. Here is some helpful advice for first-time homebuyers.
Set a Comfortable Budget
Your new mortgage payment should be close to what you’re paying in rent in order to make it all work. But you don’t want to get into a situation where those payments are putting a strain on your finances because you also have to pay for property taxes, insurance and any future repairs. This is why it will help to set a budget before you go into the home buying process and factor in what could be your new monthly expenses.
Getting pre-approved for a mortgage before you go shopping for a home can put you in an advantageous position for making an offer. A seller would be more accepting of a buyer knowing that they are “good to go” rather than waiting to see if you qualify. And getting pre-approved can also provide you with a realistic range to shop in. Be sure to also look into all the available lending programs from the state and federal government.
Shop for an Agent
An experienced real estate agent is going to be crucial for your purchase and that means finding an agent that is a good fit. Remember, they’re working for you and they’ll be making a nice commission for the effort so you have to feel comfortable with them. That means being able to ask the dozens of questions that will come up.
Don’t Move With Junk
Finally, when the deal is done and you’re ready to make the big move, be sure you’re not bringing any of your old junk with you. You don’t want to start out by instantly filling up the garage and closets with clutter. Junk King Seattle will be a big help with this task. Their two-man moving crew and big truck is all you’ll really need to get rid of anything you’re not packing up. Let Junk King Seattle help keep old rubbish from getting into your new home.
When it comes to the first day of school, you child might be nervous. You might also be nervous, too but you can’t show it. They will be nervous if it is a new school when they don’t know the teachers, classmates or surroundings. Even if they’re going back to a familiar place, they could still be nervous adjusting to schedules and fitting in. Here’s how you can help your student get ready for their first day of school:
If they’re starting at a new school, then it will be new to you as well. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the route to school and how busy it will be during morning rush hour. You also need to know about drop off and pick up locations. As for the school itself, it will help if you can take a tour with your kid so they won’t feel so intimidated on that first day. Practice walking the halls to their class schedules.
Share Your Experiences
You probably have some funny “first day” memories that you could share with your kid. The fact that you’re sitting across from them is proof that no matter what happens, they’ll get over it.
Plan a Homework Strategy
Depending on their age, the concept of homework might be new to your kid. Or it could be an area that your older student has had challenges with in the past. It will help to set up a homework strategy with your kid. This starts with designating a consistent time for them to work on their homework. Some kids prefer to knock it out right when they get home. Others prefer to wait until after dinner. Let them pick but make sure they stick to the schedule.
Speaking of homework, on some level you’ll be going back to school, too. That might mean doing some of the same reading and catching up on your math skills so you can help with their assignments.
Get Rid of Clutter
Getting rid of clutter in closets and dressers can help your kid get ready in the morning. The less clothes they have to sort through the better off their be with picking out something to wear. A major cleaning of their rooms can result in a lot of things to toss out. That’s when Junk King Seattle can help out. One call to these junk hauling pros and all the old clothes, books, toys and even furniture can be quickly carted off. Everything will run smoother in your home on the first day of school with less clutter. Junk King Seattle can help with that goal.
A backyard deck is ideal at the beginning of the day and the end of the day. In the morning, it’s an nice place to have that first cup of coffee while reading a newspaper or catching up on Facebook posts. At the end of the day, that deck is perfect for unwinding with a cool drink while dinner cooks on the grill. The only thing that would hamper those two times would be if you had to stare at rubbish on your deck.
Backyard decks are a lot like an extra room on a house. They also become an open space where you put all those heavy objects you can throw out in the trash. Many decks have an old AC unit tucked in the corner or some patio furniture that has seen better days. In extreme cases, you might put an old washer on the deck. The chances for using a deck as storage increase if that deck is covered. But an awning isn’t going to offer total protection. If something is on the deck because you’ve run out of room in your home, then it is time to bring in Junk King Seattle.
Clearing a backyard deck is what Junk King would classify as an “easy” task. There might be a couple of steps to navigate but everything is out in the open. It won’t be challenge to carry those items off the deck, along the side of the house and down the driveway for loading into the Junk King truck. This entire operation could take less time than it takes to enjoy that first cup of coffee.
As long as you’re bringing Junk King out to clear off your backyard deck, you could also put them to work clearing out a lot of other spaces around your home. Maybe you’ve stashed some lumber or pipes under the deck. That can be pulled out and loaded up. The same can be said for any bulk items from your garage or basement. Junk King isn’t going to be challenged by climbing stairs or working outside. You’re going to enjoy your summer a lot more after Junk King Seattle has cleared your backyard deck from all that rubbish.
Many college students are heading out of town for a little beach fun for their spring break. That’s probably a good reason to avoid those beach destinations! For everyone staying behind, Seattle has a lot to offer in the way of spring break fun. These are all terrific one-day adventures that can fill up a weekend or the whole week. Here’s where to take your family on spring break in Seattle:
Chocolate Indulgence Tour
You might not be able to tour Will Wonka’s Chocolate Factory but this tour comes pretty close and it’s geared for kids. Local guides will take you on a walking through the sweet shops in and around Pike Place Market. You’ll be able to sample all things chocolate from cheesecake to cupcakes.
Seattle Foot Kid’s Tour
The day after all that chocolate is a good day to go on another walking tour. This one has a child’s interests in mind. They can make art at the Seattle Art Museum, learn about skyscrapers and spend time at the Seattle Public Library. All the while, the informative guides will share trivia and history about Seattle.
As aquariums go, this one is one the smaller scale but that makes it perfect for a quick visit if you’re spending the day at the waterfront. There is plenty of marine life to see and interact with. Find out when feeding time is and you might catch the scuba divers delivering snacks to all the life under the sea.
The Museum of Flight
This is a great museum for all ages. You’ll be able to trace the history of flight and get a look inside a Concorde, the first 747 ever built, the original Air Force One and fighters, bombers. The kids will have a blast in the flight simulators. It might even be enough to inspire them to become a pilot some day!
Before you head out on any of those Seattle adventures, you’ll want to take care of the chores back at home. It’s never fun to come home to a house full of junk. That’s where Junk King Seattle comes into play. You’ll have two movers and a huge truck standing by to help you get rid of any unwanted thing in your home. Are you ready to clear out your garage and closets from all that clutter? Then you’re ready to put Junk King Seattle to work today.
Have your weekends become a bit boring? Yes, it is nice to occasionally do nothing for an entire weekend but that usually results in your feeling as if nothing was accomplished. A hobby could change that. Hobbies are all about creating something and that can be very rewarding. Not sure what hobby you could start this weekend? Here are some fun ideas:
Do you have a favorite chair, dresser or table that needs a little TLC? Maybe you found a unique piece at yard sale. You can refurbish that furniture. Upholstering might be too much to take on but you can certainly strip the paint/stain off an old piece and repaint it to make it look like new again. This is a great hobby to do in the garage with the door open for ventilation.
Take Up Canning
There is no shortage of famer’s markets around Seattle. That means you have access to a wide assortment of fresh vegetables. What can you do with all that produce? Can it. Canning has a long history. If you like working in the kitchen, then this is a skill to add to your culinary resume. Canning also could mean pickling. You’ll find all the recipes you need online.
A jigsaw puzzle is a great way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon. With some nice music in the background and a cool beverage by your side, you can dive into a puzzle. The more challenging, the more fun when you complete them. Once the puzzle is done, you could brush clear glue or lacquer over it and turn it into a piece of art to hang on your wall.
Sewing is a skill that comes in handy when you want to make alterations to an outfit. It is also something you can literally start from scratch. There are many places around town that offer sewing classes. Get stitching.
Before you dive into any one of these hobbies, you’re going to need some space to work in. That will require clearing of clutter. Cue Junk King Seattle. These are the experienced junk haulers who can swiftly go through your garage or spare room to haul out all the things you want to get rid of. Once clear, you’ll have the space to set up your hobby corner. Get your new hobby started with a junk removal session with Junk King Seattle.
Many retirees are opting for downsizing. This means moving out of a big house and into a smaller home or apartment. There are some retirees that are moving back in with their children. That is a terrific way to keep families together. If you’re thinking about moving your parents in with you, then you’ll need to make some adjustments regarding safety. Here are some suggestions for how to make your home safe for seniors:
Secure the Rugs
Rugs on the floor are something you probably don’t even think about until it is time to vacuum them. But they could become a potential tripping hazard for someone who shuffles more. Make sure the edges of the rugs are properly secured to the floor. In the bathroom and kitchen, you should only use non-slip varieties of rugs. Simple test: Try moving the rug with your foot. If you can’t, then it is safe.
Add More Light
A pet in a dark hallway can spell trouble. You can’t always keep your pets from plopping down wherever they want but you can add light. Instead of attempting to rewire lighting and adding switches, you can put motion sensor lights along the baseboard. These will be bright enough to light the way along the hallway. You can also place these lights on stairs.
Railings are a big help for seniors getting up and down stairs. You’ll want to make sure all your railings are firmly in place and don’t shake when leaned on. If you don’t have railings on a front or back porch, now is the time to add them.
Not only should pathways throughout the house be well lit, but they should also be clear of clutter. You’ll want to break the kids’ habit of dropping things as they cross through the house. More importantly, you’ll want to remove any unnecessary furniture or other items that could get in the way.
If you’re moving your parents into a guest room, then you’ll want to make them feel welcome by clearing out the clutter in those closets. All of this decluttering could create a huge amount of things to get rid of. That’s when you hire Junk King Seattle. It will only take a single appointment with these junk hauling pros to remove all your unwanted items. Best of all, you won’t have to lift a finger to get it done. Junk King does all the work. Get your home safe for seniors by getting rid of the clutter today. Junk King Seattle makes it happen.
The key to a successful organization plan is to find a “home” for everything. Whether it is your car keys or shoes, they should have a proper place to be put when you come in the door. Some things that need a place are items that aren’t used every day. That doesn’t mean they can’t be organized. Consider your backyard shed. You might be keeping a lot of things in storage out there that you only use for gardening or other yard activities. Are those items organized or just tossed inside the shed? The only way to really get organized is to get rid of the clutter and that begins with a call to Junk King Seattle.
You can take two approaches to scheduling your shed clearing with Junk King. You can call to lock down an appointment ASAP or you can sort through all the things you want to get rid of and then call Junk King. You don’t actually have to lock down your final list of junk items until the Junk King crew arrives for the appointment. That could give you more sorting time. It will help if they know they’re moving a few things or cleaning out a hoarder type situation. They just want to make sure you have the right amount of work force and the truck space.
For the big jobs, Junk King is happy to send more help but typically, they are taken care of with the standard two-man moving team. This is the crew who is going to do all the work for them and they mean that quite literally. Clearing out the shed could get a bit dirty but your hands will remain clean with Junk King on the job.
Along with all the junk from your shed, you can also have the crew load up any item from the inside of your home. Remember, you have a moving team at your disposal. Think of how much more room you can create when you’ve gotten rid of all that old furniture and stuff from the closet. Clearing out your shed and home of clutter is simple: Just call Junk King Seattle. Done.
The quest for the perfect holiday has begun. We all want things to be nice without complications. Sometimes things out of our control get in the way like bad weather or running out of the toy you’re meant to buy for Santa. With the right amount of planning, you can always pull off a perfect holiday but you don’t have to do it alone. The family will always pitch in. As for getting rid of your unwanted junk, all the help you need can be found with a call to Junk King Seattle.
Junk King Seattle crews pretty much work from sun up to sun down. They could make several pickups in the course of a single day. It could also mean they’re making several drop offs back at the depot of all the stuff. Everything that Junk King Seattle collects needs to be sorted to determine where it will “land” for its final destination. Some items could be dropped off at a charity while others are earmarked for the nearest recycling center. Once the truck is empty, it is back on the road for the Junk King crew.
Because the crews are always in operation, you might be able to land a same day pickup. If you would prefer to schedule Junk King for the weekend, then that won’t be a problem. They understand how busy things can get for the holidays so it’s all about your schedule that works for Junk King.
As for what you can turn over to them, that is entirely up to you. You can give them old furniture, busted air conditioner and even a water heater that has been replaced. It is all going to be loaded onto the truck without your lifting a finger.
The cost for Junk King Seattle’s service will be arrived at once the crew has had a chance to look over all the things you want to get rid of. They’ll be sizing up how all that stuff is going to fit on their truck and they’ve got a lot of experience with packing p that truck. Junk King Seattle is standing by to make your holidays totally junk free.
Are you preparing any special promotions for holiday shopping season? It’s hard to imagine any business that doesn’t take advantage of the influx of potential new customers. In fact, there many businesses that depend on holiday shopping season to keep them afloat throughout the year. The goal is to attract new customers during the holiday that may come back after the New Year. The best approach to that is to make sure that your staff is friendly, you’re fully stocked and your business is free of clutter. That’s a lot to take on but thankfully, there’s help especially with the clutter. You might want to think about setting up regular junk removal sessions with Junk King Seattle to take care of that task.
Junk King Seattle will provide you with a kind of satellite work crew. This will be a two-man moving team that will be assigned for your regular pickups. It’s a team that works fast and is very friendly. All you need to do is show them the things you want taken away and they will be gone in a matter of minutes. This is also something you can delegate to your staff to supervise. The Junk King crews don’t need a lot of instructions.
They also understand how important it is not to disrupt your business. That’s why they will always work around your schedule. If it’s more convenient to show up after hours or before the day begins, then that’s what you can arrange. Because you are going to set up regular appointments, Junk King can make it a priority. You could be the first pickup of the day.
Everything that you’re tossing out will also have the opportunity to be recycled. Junk King Seattle has always operated with an eco-friendly disposal philosophy. The never want to see anything go to a landfill. Even if dropping off to a charity or recycling facility takes them out the way, then they will happily go the extra mile. Once you get into the routine of regular appointments with Junk King Seattle, you’ll hardly notice them at all. What you will notice is that you never have a backup of rubbish. Make sure your business is always junk free with regular appointments from Junk King Seattle.
One of the most drastic changes you’ll experience around the house is when you send your kid off to college. For the last 18 years, you dealt with them directly nearly every day. There were a lot of chores associated with this task but also a lot of fun and love as well. Now that you’ve done your part, they are ready to take on the world. But that leaves you with an empty house.
There’s nothing wrong with feeling depressed. You just don’t want to stay in that place for too long. Instead, it’s a good idea to handle empty nest syndrome by organizing your home. This is a great task that you might have been putting off for a while but now it can be truly transformative. Here’s how to get started:
Go through Your Closets
The main culprit for clutter in any home is the closets. This is where we keep the things were supposed to be using but it’s also where we shove in a lot of rubbish to get it out of sight. You might discover things in your closet that you had no idea you still had. They could also be some wonderful photos tucked in a box that belong in a frame.
Then there all the outfits that need to be gone through. You may discover by sorting through every hanger that you’ve got a lot of stuff you would never wear again. Nothing wrong with getting rid of that but it doesn’t have to be tossed into the trash. Instead, give it to junk King Seattle. Though make sure it gets dropped off at a nearby charity where it can be put to use once more.
Clear Out The Basement
Your basement becomes a storage depository for a lot of big items like sofas, recliners, futons and even the occasional pool table. Instead of making your basement look like a hodgepodge of castoffs, you can call on Junk King Seattle to bring up all that unwanted furniture. The two-man crew who will be assigned to your task is going to do all the lifting and loading. It doesn’t matter how many times they have to climb the stairs. Although focused on is getting the things you want gone onto the back of the truck.
Once Junk King Seattle has removed all the unwanted clutter, you can set about organizing all those spaces once again. You might even discover you have a whole new room to re-create. Organizing your home with Junk King Seattle is the perfect remedy for empty nest syndrome.