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Everything You Need To Know About Your Wood-Burning Fireplace

Everything You Need To Know About Your Wood-Burning Fireplace

If you live in the greater Snohomish County area it’s obvious to see fall is making its way into winter. The leaves are changing and your home is getting formidably colder by the day. Typically all homes come outfitted with a wood-burning fireplace. If you just moved into your home there is a chance your fireplace hasn’t been active in a while.

 

There are factors to consider such as the overall state of your chimney and any potential blockage. There’s also a wrong way to keep a well lit fire in your fireplace. For this reason we’ve put together the complete how-to guide for using, cleaning, and playing safely with your wood-burning fireplace.

How To Build A Fire

If you’re just moving in to the house, get the chimney inspected! Try Murphy’s Chimney Service out of Edmonds if you’re unsure of a reliable service provider in your area. Next you’ll want to make sure you’ve cleaned out any old ashes, also checking the damper to make sure it’s open and functions properly.

After you’ve made sure your fireplace is ready, lay down some kindling over a balled-up piece of newspaper. You’ll then want to open the flue of the chimney by lighting a piece of newspaper freely in the fireplace. This step is important as it heats up the cold air in the chimney so you don’t get a bunch of smoke in your face when you light the kindling.

 

After you light the newspaper and kindling gently fan the flames to produce embers and then put on a larger log. You’ll know a log is ready for burning if it makes a hollow sound when knocked against another big piece of dry wood.

How Often Should I Clean The Chimney?

Over time a creosote and soot buildup can reduce airflow, cause smoke to back-up, and in the worst case scenario create a risk of fire. To avoid this it’s advisable to have your fireplace and chimney inspected annually by a professional.

 

When the layer of residue is about an eighth of an inch thick they will likely recommend a cleaning. If you ever notice any large buildup of debris in the fireplace itself put on a dust mask and sweep it out, scrubbing the surfaces with a brush and dishwashing liquid.

Is A Wood-Burning Fireplace Cost-Efficient?

It actually varies depending on the position of the fireplace within your home. Despite being a more antiquated charm to any home, a wood-burning fireplace actually wastes a lot of heat. A lot of heat escapes through the chimney because (as we all know) heat rises. If your fireplace is located against an outside wall it will lose even more heat from cold outdoor air.

 

Gas fireplaces are surprisingly more efficient though it can be expensive to install one in your home, or a waste of money if you’re renting. Especially if you need to make changes to the chimney. If you plan to sell the house later on it might be a good idea to improve the home and upsell it later on because of the improvements you’ve made.

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Dispelling 5 Myths About Real Estate To New Agents

Dispelling 5 Myths About Real Estate To New Agents

In the world of real estate, you find yourself running into a lot of armchair experts. With the endless facets of the internet, a little research makes a professional in the eyes of many adults. The same could be said of countless new real estate agents entering the field. Unsubstantiated expectations and assumptions about this career often make-or-break new agents. For this reason, we’ve lined up five myths about this career that we feel need immediate dispelling.

Get-Rich-Quick

A pitfall many new agents fall into is the belief that this line of work is the fast-track to riches galore. Not necessarily true. When you’re a professional of the real estate variety, you put the needs of your clients well-above your own. This means when preparing, and selling a home, often there are costs that you’ll have to pay out of pocket. Coming into the world of real estate with a small savings account and a get-rich-quick mentality can lead to a real-quick failure.

Flip Every House

Though reality television has given the impression that flipping houses like a madman is the secret to financial success—they’re wrong. True value and profit come from renting a home out to tenants for a long period of time. Holding on to a piece of property while tenants are literally working to pay-off your mortgage until the market is in the right place is probably the smartest move. More often than not those that sold a house over a decade or two ago experience severe “seller’s remorse.”

Being A Landlord Is A Full-Time Job

In the past having to collect rent, find and screen tenants, and handle maintenance was admittedly pretty demanding work. But with the wonderful innovations of the internet and software, most of these processes can be handled from the convenience of your home. This means people are now able to maintain the position of landlord across several homes, at either part or full-time.

Non-Traditional Work Schedule

Any job that you don’t clock in to typically requires as much from you as you’re able to give. Just because you walk, and talk like a real estate agent doesn’t mean you’re putting in the extra hours. Working a job that has something you could be doing towards it at all times can be daunting. Planning out specific times throughout your day devoted to sending emails, grinding towards making your first million dollars. Ironclad accountability and drive are the keys to success in finding the right groove of working non-traditional hours to build your business.

The Market Is Always Booming

The real estate market fluctuates, greatly. It’s operating both cyclically, and seasonally. When it’s good, it’s very good, and when it’s bad…you get the idea. Undeniably it will be slow in Q1 and Q3, and hot in Q2 and Q4. The biggest misconception about the real estate market is that anything can happen fast; it’s all slow. Things can feel amazing that’s happening quickly that is actually hurting you, and vice versa for when you feel like you’ve been on a losing streak. You might actually be on the upswing.

 

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Top 5 Breakfast Destinations In Snohomish County

Top 5 Breakfast Destinations In Snohomish County

Breakfast is essential whether it be a small plate in the morning, or a full dining experience with the family. Many favor breakfast restaurants for their filling portions, or innovative takes on classic dishes. Some claim it to be the cure to the headaches of a fun night out on the town. Others regard it as a sacred family tradition to cristen each Sunday with a hearty helping of breakfast foods. When you want to get good at investing, go to this business review.

 

Snohomish County is jam-packed with family-friendly destinations for all occasions, breakfast included. We’ve collected five of our highest regarded locations that satisfy all your breakfast needs. Brunch is also a popular topic among young and older folks these days, so we’ll include any great brunch options too! Who doesn’t love bottomless mimosas or a satisfying bloody Mary?

Maltby Cafe

The Maltby Cafe is an extremely well-reviewed breakfast destination located in Snohomish. This a classic eatery serving homestyle American fare, including popular cinnamon rolls. The cafe itself is housed in a school gym built in 1937! Maltby Cafe is a family-owned establishment known for its homemade country flavor, huge portions, and memorably efficient staff.

Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub

Shawn O’Donnell’s is a neighborhood Irish pub in Everett that makes you feel right at home. The pub offers ample space for families or large friend groups and caters to both breakfast and brunch. Customers remarked on the enjoyable Irish fair with an American spin on it. They also took note of the extremely short wait times for seating. Shawn O’Donnell’s pubs can be found in Everett, Seattle, and Fremont.

Jake’s Cafe on 2nd Street

Jake’s Cafe is a low-key establishment with a vintage flair that serves up American breakfast and lunch foods all day. Located on 2nd street in Snohomish, Jake’s is a staple for their cozy atmosphere and tasty offerings. Many customers noted the huge portion sizes, so bring your appetite to this welcoming cafe.

Rusty Pelican Cafe

Located in the beautiful scenic waterfront area of Edmonds is family owned establishment, Rusty Pelican Cafe. Opening in 2002, the Edmonds location of this chain of three (Seattle, and Mill Creek being the other locations) has been thriving. Although a bit more pricey, customers rave about this place offering some of the most well-made takes on their favorite breakfast dishes.

Saw Mill Cafe

Saw Mill Cafe is a quirky breakfast joint located in Mill Creek that boasts a 1940’s lodge-style decor. Customers mentioned this place getting busy, yet still being able to get a table quickly. It’s also a non-noisy environment to grab your favorite breakfast foods at night, as it’s served all day. Nearly every review makes note of the exceptional waitstaff, and their attentiveness to each customer.

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4 Best Landscaping And Construction Companies In Snohomish County

4 Best Landscaping And Construction Companies In Snohomish County

Taking pride in the exterior of your home, as well as the inside, is in the mind of any new home-owner. Most choose to go the DIY route when creating a lovely garden, driveway, pathway, pool, or even pagoda. Finding the right feng shui of the space available around your home is a task that can be stressful.

But there are numerous companies at-hand that can readily help; you can also help improve a companies service and support quality by taking a customer survey in just a few minutes. The idea can still be yours, but having a skilled pair of hands at your disposal can make the task that much easier to execute. Here are four companies we believe can make the exterior of your home into the eden you’ve always imagined. Or can simply offer reliable, and affordable repair.

Salazar’s All Seasons Landscaping

Operating out of Skagit, and Snohomish Counties, Salazar’s All Seasons Landscaping LLC is a great one-stop shop. The Mount Vernon-based company offers a myriad of services to maintain, renew, or develop your home. Everything from excavation work to water features, to landscaping is covered by these guys. Some of their other services include patios, irrigation systems, sod installation, retaining walls, snow removal, and lawn maintenance.

Sunny Seattle Construction

The people at Sunny Seattle Construction have been serving North King and Snohomish Counties since 2004. Known for free-estimates, and fair-pricing, Sunny Seattle comes very well-reviewed on HomeAdvisor. These folks have a combined 50 years of experience in both commercial and residential creative landscaping solutions and maintenance. Several of their sign reviews mention how quickly the work reached completion. As well as mentioning the quickness to come back and finish anything that may have been missed.

Parkview Landscaping

This is a landscaping company that is well-backed by positive reviews, and a positive back-story. Parkview Landscaping was started by a UW graduate, who used to save money for college and trips via yardwork. The owner, Benjamin, personally is involved with each project and is applauded for being honest, and patient. Parkview Landscaping offers services largely in yard maintenance, such as weeding, sprinkler repair, clean-up, sod installation or seeding, and drainage solutions.

Sparky Bark & Landscaping

Based out of Mill Creek, Sparky Bark is a clear choice for regular lawn maintenance. Known for quality, friendliness, and experience in completing jobs. This company was founded in 2009 and grew from a grassroots state and flourished. Originally installing beauty bark out of a rented Penske truck, Sparky Bark & Landscaping has risen to a position of high laudability in the Washington landscaping industry.

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Top Snohomish County Neighborhoods

  • Lake Stevens
  • Everett
  • Marysville
  • Snohomish
  • Arlington
  • Hat Island
  • Monroe
  • Bothell
  • Granite Falls
  • Lynnwood
  • Stanwood
  • Mill Creek
  • Alderwood
  • Edmonds
  • Canyon Park
  • Mukilteo
  • Gold Bar
  • Darrington
  • Silver Lake
  • Sultan

 

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Tips for Moving To Mount Vernon

Tips for Moving To Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is by far one of the prettiest places to live in the state of Washington. Home to one of the states biggest attractions a city can offer, but on top of that is within the Skagit Valley County lines, over the last several years Mount Vernon has been a very popular destination for those who are moving, people look for houses in Vermont almost as much as those who look to Rent A Flat or House in London. Below are a few tips that are important to know about when moving!

Craigslist Can Be Your Friend

When searching for a new apartment, a new home or a room to rent out typically some of the best deals will be found here or craigslist.org. The skagit.craigslist.org destination will be the most specific search engine to get you closer to finding a roof to cover your head. Navigate their friendly website and find a what you need from there!

 

Check Out Deception Pass

Deception Pass is one of the most known destinations around the state. So popular that this area can see roughly 2,000,000 visitors per year! Deception Pass itself, is a strait that separates Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island. It is part of a connection where the Skagit Bay and Puget Sound intersect with the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There are bits of art, beaches, parks, scenery and different tasteful food spots around the pass. The destination is so popular there are even many spectacular and special lodging options. For more information on Deception Pass check out https://whidbeycamanoislands.com.

 

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Stop By The Skagit Valley Casino Resort

This casino is located right of the Interstate-5. This casino is only 18 miles from the very popular destination, Bellingham! The rooms offer a relaxed and vacation destination vibe with all sorts of different features. The casino also has 3 different restaurants and commonly has different live entertainment going on. This truly is the ultimate home away from home if you want to try a “staycation.”

 

Enjoy The Tulip Festival

This event is the most popular event that the Skagit Valley County has to offer. The Tulip Festival is a special time, which only takes place once a year. The festival is where millions of different colored tulips burst into bloom in the fields of Skagit Valley County. Due to the force of mother nature, they do bloom at different times, but the attraction is in session from April 1-30. It is something that everyone who lives in this state must do at least once in their lifetime, some people even travel from around the world for this special gathering. In 2016, the Tulip Festival welcomed people from all 50 states and even to 93 different countries! Check out the official Facebook page for the Tulip Festival here: for more information. www.facebook.com/SkagitValleyTulipFestival.

 

http://tulipfestival.org/events

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