Cardboard triangle-shaped packing materialWe were recently introduced to a green packing material alternative, ExpandOS (and we in Western Washington are eager to protect our environment). They are triangle-shaped pieces of recyclable cardboard that make styrofoam packing peanuts obsolete.  ExpandOS create a protective cocoon around each item in your box and eliminate damage through better blocking, bracing and shock dispersion. When you’re finished with them, just toss the ExpandOS in your recycle bin and you are done!

They are made from first-quality post-industrial waste and come in 3 strengths, depending upon how much weight you need them to hold.  ExpandOS has been tested and proven a winner against the most stringent industry (ISTA and ASTM) standards and can be personalized with a company’s logo, if desired.

People often ask them what happens to all the holes they punch out to make the ExpandOS. They recycle them, of course! 

For more information, see their website at: Expandos.com.

Gloved fingers in the shape of a heartHappy Valentine’s Day! A day to think about love and to see hearts, hearts, hearts everywhere. But what about YOUR heart? Your actual HEART? If something were to happen to you (heaven forbid, spit on the sidewalk, knock on wood!), what would happen to your heart?

Did you know it’s also National Organ Donor Day?

How about showing your LOVE for others by donating your heart and other organs to someone in need? 

Here are a couple of websites for you to get more information, sign up and REALLY show your love this Valentine’s Day:

Lifecenter Northwest (focused on Puget Sound and Seattle area): http://www.lcnw.org/

US Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.organdonor.gov

Happy Valentine’s Day from Seamless Moves!

 

Organized Freezer Seamless MovesDo you have any idea what’s in the bottom of your chest freezer? Neither did Laura from orgjunkie.com. We thought her ideas were awesome and wanted to share them with you.

She started by taking everything out of the freezer and out of plastic grocery bags, then she sorted everything into categories.  

Her categories were: meat; frozen fruit; deer meat (her husband is a hunter); bread; sides; and treats. Then she took inventory of everything and made a list. 

But the really “cool” :) idea she had was to use reusable grocery bags helps to keep things separated and available to pull out quickly as needed.  She uses one bag for the deer meat and another for frozen fruit to be used in smoothies.  Awesome idea!

Read the full article here. Do you have any freezer tips to share, maybe related to preserving Pacific Northwest salmon or other Seattle specialties? Please leave them in a comment.

New storage for entryway

Check out this entryway closet makeover posted by the House of Smiths. They had a standard coat closet that just wasn’t cutting it, so they decided to make themselves a system that would work for their family.

They describe it as, “a fun, challenging, LONG journey to get from a boring closet with a door that basically blocked our entire entryway, when opened… to an airy, fresh, larger space that definitely brings personality, visual interest and comfort into our home.”

They included metal baskets, printed out the kids’ names on a mailing label, mounted them on card stock, rounded the corners and attached them with twine. Viola! Grab your school papers or permission slips on your way out the door!

 

Horse sculpture Seattle Seamless Moves

Year of the Horse


According to the cycle of the five elements in the Chinese Zodiac, 2014 is the Year of the Wooden Horse, which is regarded as a year of quick victories, un-expected adventures and surprising romances.
Chinese people believe the horse is one of the most important creatures in the world for mankind to befriend.

It is believed that those who are born in the Year of the Horse usually have superior manners and pay more attention to their appearance in terms of style and accessories. They tend to be generous and like extravagance.

Generally, they are free-spirited, liberated and always on the move, yearning for the freedom to roam. Their attitude toward everything is positive and straightforward. As independent as the horse, they don’t like to be suppressed and they don’t easily accept help from others.

What does a “Horse Year” mean for businesses in Western Washington? The time for pondering and planning was 2013′s Snake year. Horse energy is free spirited, wild, willful and independent. 2014′s Horse year is time to act fast: buy that home, launch that business, travel the world, make a big purchase, get a promotion at work, have a breakthrough – take a leap and fly. If it’s right, then there’s nothing to think about; just follow your instincts. If you miss the mark, you’ll have all of Wood Sheep Year 2015 to get cozy and enjoy life’s comforts in all their artistic forms.

 

Sources: Ying Wen, Epoch Times; Susan Levitt, Western and Asian astrology
Photo Credit: Laurie Lamoureux (Bellevue, WA), taken at Wild Horse Hotel and Casino (c) 2013

We hope one of our Seattle clients buys this home so we can move them into it! 

The crown jewel of Los Lagos. This Granite Bay mountaintop estate was once owned by Eddie Murphy. A private gate opens to reveal the splendor of the 2.5-acre compound on two lots, consisting of a 12,000 plus sq. ft. main residence and a 5,200 sq. ft. guest home. Lushly landscaped grounds are enhanced by vistas of the Sierra Nevada foothills, Folsom Lake and the Sacramento skyline. Amenities down to the finest details heighten the sense of luxury, from the Vantage lighting system, handmade artisan wall finishes, in-floor heating and elevator to extraordinary custom furnishings.

Twin curved stairways lead from the magnificent great room with floor to ceiling windows and rotunda ceiling. formal dining room, great room, sitting room with fireplace, gourmet kitchen, butler’s pantry. Individually themed customized childrens’ bedrooms, large gym private office, 12-seat theater, arcade, billiard room, elevator and expansive master suite. Being sold furnished including a rare Schimmel Pegasus Piano.

Text and photo courtesy of luxuryrealestate.com.

Yellow House in Provence, FranceThis week on our Friday Featured Property, we’re dreaming of vacation homes in exotic locales. We hope you enjoy your winter getaway, wherever it may take you!

If you’ve ever dreamed of a home in the Provence region of France, there are some lovely homes at Propriété de Charme en Provence.

If owning a home in Italy is your idea of the ideal vacation spot, try these homes in Tuscany listed by Prestige Property Group.

Maybe you’re longing for white sand beaches and swaying palm trees. Become a Kama’aina (“child of the land”) with Hawaii Realty International Realty.

If mountain scenery and outdoor activities are more your style, hike on over to Colorado’s Resort Real Estate.

Tell us, Puget Sound folks: where is your ideal vacation location? Would you consider buying a home there?

Photo credit: Propriété de Charme en Provence

Today we are featuring a guest post from one of our partner companies, Continental Van Lines. This family-owned business has been moving people and businesses to and from Alaska since before it was a state, making them an undisputed authority on winter moving. Here are some great tips for your winter move:

Moving during the winter offers its share of setbacks and hazards. Think of Seattle or Tacoma, those beautiful cascading  hills and narrow cozy streets. In the wintertime, rain, ice, and sleet can turn that gorgeous landscape into a driving nightmare, especially for large moving trucks. So if you’re considering a winter move, careful planning is necessary for your relocation to go smoothly. The difficulties of almost all winter moves can be reduced by following a few simple steps. Your winter moving authorities at Continental have compiled a list of tips that will simplify your transition during cold weather. To get ready for a winter move, always:

  • Prepare Your New Home

Clear the snow from your driveway and salt all walkways so your movers can deliver your belongings safely. Make sure that the heat and electricity are turned on and work – you won’t want to go without them on your first night in your new home!

  • Plan Ahead, Allow for Setbacks

A professional Seattle moving company will know how to reduce setbacks on moving day, but the unexpected may still occur! Allow for extra time, and be sure to ask your movers if there are any separate fees due to weather difficulties – you don’t need any surprise charges ruining your day.

  • Keep Liquids Separate

Keep liquids separate from your other belongings so you don’t have frozen soda cans exploding during transit and damaging your great-grandmother’s precious armoire.

  • Let Your Electronics Adjust

Be sure to allow your electronics adequate time – usually a day – to adjust after a winter move. Using your TV or computer immediately upon arrival at your new home can cause expensive, unnecessary damages.

Continental Van Lines and Seamless Moves will get your items safely to your destination and reduce setbacks along the way. Contact them today for more information on our unbeatable services.

Brown house with white holiday lightsIt’s almost Thanksgiving and you know what that means: time to decorate for the Holidays. If you don’t want to hang your holiday lights yourself, call Alan Brush at Salmon Bay and he’ll do it for you!

Salmon Bay Window and Roof Cleaning of Bellevue, WA is “Always a great catch” for window cleaning, roof cleaning and moss removal, gutter cleaning, power washing and, this time of year, hanging holiday lights.  

They have been in the business of letting more light into your home since 2000 and have great reviews on Angie’s List and Yelp.

Call Salmon Bay at 425-922-2900.

Here’s a “hot” idea for storing your hair appliances that may still be too warm to put away in a cabinet or drawer when you are finished with them from Dream Green DIY.

Use a metal file box! Brilliant, right?! They’ve attached it with 3M Command Hooks so as not to drill holes in the vanity. 

One comment on the post suggested the file box could be spray painted a more pleasing color. We agree and would add that if more than one is needed for multiple bathroom users, they could be color-coded.

Thanks to Carrie Waller for this great tip!

We are pleased to have received this recent testimonial from our clients:

Q: Describe your experience with the Seamless Moves Team.
A: “Very friendly and made the move look so simple for us. Totally professional and courteous and very efficient. Enjoyed every bit of what they are doing and giving comfort to my family. Hip Hip Hooray for the entire team!”

Q: What would you say to a friend who is considering help with their move?
A: “Just don’t think. Go Seamless.” 

“Service is worth every nickel. Thanks much Tracy, Kathy and Team. We really appreciate your work.”
Aru and Guru Pandyar 

 

 

Friends don’t ask friends to help them move! :)

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