Entries tagged with “Seattle”.


Hydroplanes

Any Seattle-area natives remember dragging a homemade hydroplane
behind your bicycle as kids? We do!
(although ours did not look anywhere near as good as Chip Hanauer’s!)

Have a great SeaFair Weekend, everyone!

Bins to Recycle Many ItemsThis Earth Day, show your love to Mother Earth by recycling items you’re no longer using in your home or office.

For instance, this Recycle Station in the Best Buy store in Bellevue, WA accepts: plastic bags; CDs, DVDs and their cases; rechargeable batteries; ink and toner cartridges; gift cards; wires, cords and cables; and remotes and controllers.

 

packing peanutsMany people wonder where to recycle foam packing material and “peanuts” in the Seattle area now that many shipping company stores are no longer accepting them. Styro Recycle recycles EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) commonly known as Styrofoam®. They are located in Renton, just west of IKEA, and are open 7 days a week.

Whether you are moving, downsizing, getting organized or just want to be a good citizen of the planet, recycling items that have become clutter will make you feel great on Earth Day and Every Day!

 

 

 

 

On Friday we feature homes for sale by our clients and/or Realtor partners as a way to add value to their Seamless Moves moving experience. Enjoy!

Today’s featured property is located in the North Beach area at 2121 NW 96th St, Seattle, WA 98117.

This 3,560 sq.ft. 2 story home offers  sweeping views of crystal blue Puget Sound and the snow capped Olympic Mountains. You’ll enjoy huge outdoor living spaces with a  built-in BBQ, and a large gourmet kitchen with a great room feel. The master suite is on the main floor with a glass slider to a private deck. On the lower level, you’ll find a separate living quarters with its own entrance. The garage is attached and the outside area is hard-scaped and low maintenance. Going into downtown Seattle, you can avoid the I-5 gridlock by taking a short 15 minute drive via 15th.

The listing price of this home as of today’s date is: $1,195,000.

If you are a Luxury Home Realtor or home buyer interested in this property you may view it here or the MLS#435338 or by contacting the seller’s agent,

Heidi Bright at (425) 820-5343.

 

Admirals House, Magnolia area of SeattleOn Friday we feature homes for sale by our clients and/or Realtor partners as a way to add value to their Seamless Moves moving experience. Enjoy!

Today we are pleased to bring you the distinctive Admiral’s House in the Magnolia neighborhood in Seattle, WA. A stunning combination of notable architecture, remarkable history and unparalleled location. Situated on 3.89 acres above Smith Cove, this unique 7,316 square foot, 8 bedroom, 4.25 bath residence takes in unobstructed Southwest views of Downtown Seattle and the Puget Sound as no other home in Seattle can. 

This premier 3-story gated estate has enjoyed an extensive and refined history as housing for the Admirals of the Navy since World War II. The house is designated as a City of Seattle landmark and is nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The listing price of this home as of today’s date is $3,200.00.

If you are a Luxury Home Realtor or home buyer interested in this property, you may view it here or MLS#429053 or  by contacting the seller’s agent

Staci Baldwin 206-499-1242.

On Friday we feature homes for sale by our clients and/or partners as a way to add value to their Seamless Moves moving experience. Enjoy!

Today’s featured property is a Harvard and Highland luxury Condo.

This luxurious and elegantly appointed one level, 2,007 sq.ft., 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is perfect for a downsizing lifestyle. This unit features materials of uncompromising quality, custom built-ins and exceptional audio/visual and lighting.  You’ll enjoy two private terraces, beautifully landscaped gardens, courtyards and artistic water features, all in a private and secure 2-acre estate setting.  Included is secure parking for 2 cars and a fully-equipped exercise room.

One of our favorite features of this home is that although the kitchen area may seem compact, there is ample storage for daily use and entertaining items.

The listing price of this home as of today’s date is $1,475,000.

If you are a Luxury Home Realtor or home buyer interested in this property, you may view it here or MLS#360648, or by contacting the seller’s agent

Mary Norris at (206) 713-2151.


On Friday we feature homes for sale by our clients and/or Realtor partners as a way to add value to their Seamless Moves moving experience. Enjoy!

This 4,920 sq.ft. contemporary home is  located on a on a quiet, tree-lined street. You’ll have great views of Lake Washington, the Cascades and the city of Bellevue from numerous decks and the open circular floor plan has large picture windows. The incredible master suite has a huge lavish marble bathroom with a walk-in shower and soaking tub with sweeping views. You’ll love the gorgeous custom walk-in closet.  The home has 5 bedrooms, 4 upstairs and one on the lower level and 3.5 baths, plus a 2 car garage.

You will be charmed by the lush gardens with their array of colorful plantings and an English rose garden.

The listing price of this home as of today’s date is $1,990,000.

If you are a Luxury Home Realtor or home buyer interested in this property, you may view it here or MLS#338138 or by contacting the seller’s agent, Kathryn Hinds, at 206-650-6488.

The Lakeshore on Lake Washington

We are pleased to announce that two more Era Living Properties are offering new residents a no-cost Seamless Move. Move into The Lakeshore (on Lake Washington in South Seattle) or The Gardens at Town Square (Bellevue) by August 31, 2010 and get up to $5,000 credit towards your Seamless Move.

Shopping Near The Gardens at Town Square

Just think: professional help assisting you and your family to plan and decide what to move and what to do with things you are not moving. Someone to pack, move, unpack and put everything away in your new apartment while you direct us or relax with your new friends. We even hang your pictures!

A Seamless Move can be accomplished in just a few days, even if you have lived in your home for 30, 40 or 50 years. “Impossible!” you say? We’ve been helping folks just like you for over 12 years.

For information about The Lakeshore, please contact Marlene Williams at (206) 772-1200.

For information about The Gardens at Town Square, please contact Sharon Howell at (425) 688-1900.

For your viewing enjoyment, we proudly present Seamless Moves’ Signature “Out of the Box”® Unpacking Service:

Unpacking Team In Action!

With an enormous thank-you to our clients, friends (and Realtors®), Mary Juhl-Willard and Rich Willard for letting us film in their lovely home. The awesome Unpacking Team in the video: Cheryl McIvor, Jan Screen and Lindsay Loeffler.

A day of unpacking makes a great wedding gift, thank-you gift from Realtors® or job relocation perk. Before YOU move, think “Out of the Box!”

This??

Last time you said, “Never Again!” Remember?

You took a week off from work; begged, borrowed and scavenged from the liquor store as many cardboard boxes as you could source, packed up all your cherished possessions and loaded them in the U-Haul van; goaded 2 of your strongest friends into helping you muscle the hide-a-bed down 2 flights of stairs (and then had to patch the ding they made in the wall); made 6 trips to your new home; cursed at those too-small those liquor store boxes that don’t stack worth beans; jammed your furniture and boxes into the garage; and barely made it back the rental office before midnight to avoid being charged an extra day’s truck rental.

But you saved money, right?

Three years later, you still have unpacked boxes in that same garage and it’s time to move again. Really?? Can your back take it? Is your wife pregnant with baby #2 and #1 is already a full-time job? Will the only other person left in your department after the recent layoffs cover your job for a week as well as theirs?

or This??

We invite you to picture this:

Monday morning: You go to work as usual. When you come home, everything is packed up and ready to move EXCEPT the coffee maker, your personal bathroom items, what you want to wear to work tomorrow and the TV and remote. Hmm, mildly annoying, but not too bad.

Tuesday morning: You go to work, but instead of going home to your old home, you go to your new home. The furniture has all been placed where you want it and your bed is made. The coffee maker, your personal bathroom items, what you want to wear to work tomorrow and the TV and remote are unpacked and in place. Your bedside alarm clock has been set 10 minutes fast, just the way you like it.

Wednesday morning: You go to work again, only tonight when you come back to your new home there are no boxes (no paper, no crates, no bubble wrap!). All of your belongings have been unpacked and put neatly away. Your paintings, artwork and decorative items are unpacked and ready for your decorator (or ours) to place in their new locations tomorrow.

Thursday: Decorating day. When you come home tonight, you feel like you’ve lived there for years. You change your clothes and go watch your child’s soccer game.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Relax and enjoy your Seamless Move! Have a housewarming party; invite friends over and brag about how you got it all done in less than a week (we won’t tell!). No back ache, no calling all over town several weeks before you move to source boxes, trucks, labor, etc. No wondering what is falling through the cracks at work or at home.

Relax! We’ve done this before. Hundreds of times. We would LOVE to help you and your family, too! Just tell us what you need, and we’ll do the rest.

Recently, folks in the Seattle area have brought to our attention something that has been disturbing them. Many people are distressed that the final bill for their move was quite a bit more than the original bid. Either it takes more time than projected, needs more people to accomplish, more boxes and supplies, etc.  Here is something you may not know:

According to the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission (which oversees moving companies registered to do business in this state):

“If charges are more than the written non-binding estimate, the mover must unload and release all of your goods if you pay 110 percent of the amount of the estimate and supplemental estimates. The mover is required to give you at least 30 days to pay the balance. Even if you receive only a nonbinding estimate, there is a limit to the amount you are required to pay. UTC rules ensure that in no instance are you required to pay more than 25 percent above the estimate and any supplemental estimate.Consumer Guide, Moving in Washington State (emphasis ours)

As you can see, it is important for you to know whether you have received a binding or a non-binding estimate from the moving company. We will go into further detail about estimates in a subsequent post, however a couple of things to note regarding cost and the estimate:

1) It is seriously important for you to show your estimator EVERYTHING in your home that you want to have moved during the estimate process. That includes things in the attic, garage, backyard, shed, crawlspace, basement, underneath and behind furniture and inside every closet and piece of storage furniture. If you point to several things and say, “that will be gone before the move” and they are not, your cost will be higher. If you suddenly remember a storage unit down the road with more items in it…well, you get the idea.

2) Times are tough for movers right now. Many have gone out of business in this ‘correction’ economy. The companies that remain are competing for a much smaller marketplace of folks who are moving than in the past.

So yes, SOME companies, knowing they can legally charge you 10-25% more at the end of the move, are bidding your move lower than they know it will actually cost in order to come in below other bids you may have received to get your business. Additionally, any mover you schedule through a third party referral service (through your realtor or relocation company) might be required to pay that service a commission, thereby cutting their net revenue on your move. Did this happen before the recession? Yes, of course, but not nearly as much as we are seeing now.

This is where it comes in handy to have a project manager such as Seamless Moves on your team. If we see a moving estimate that is obviously TOO low, we are going to call them on it. A moving company that cares about customer service and whether you have a good moving experience (the ones we work with and recommend) work very hard to estimate your move correctly. Their estimates sometimes look higher than other companies who have a more short-term view of their business.

If you are managing your move yourself, ask your friends and co-workers for recommendations. Check testimonials on Yelp , Angies List , etc.
And above all, remember this lesson we have all learned the hard way:

Going with the lowest bidder doesn’t always save you money.

We’ve changed our name to Seamless Moves!

Move after move, our clients have told us how delighted they have been with their stress-free moving experiences. Our new name more clearly defines the benefit YOU receive: “SEAMLESS” meaning, “harmonious and smooth; having no awkward transitions or interruptions…” Doesn’t that sound like a heavenly way to move?

A sincere THANK YOU to our loyal clients, employees and referral partners. It is because of you that we have been able to grow over the last six years and to provide an “Out of the Box” moving experience for families of all sizes and situations. Whether you’re moving within or relocating to Seattle, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Redmond or anywhere in the greater Puget Sound area, we look forward to working with you, your family and friends on your next Seamless Move!