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Start your furnace now to spot safety problems before winter’s cold

These last days of fall are a great time to test your natural gas heating and water heating equipment and make sure they are operating safely.

Problems often go unnoticed until the first cold snap, when the chill in the air sends you running for your thermostat. But if you turn on your furnace briefly now, you can spot problems early and be sure you aren’t left in the cold!

If you think your natural gas furnace, water heater or other appliances are not operating safely or properly, please call Puget Sound Energy (PSE) at 1‑888‑225‑5773. They’ll send a technician to your home or business for a free visit* to diagnose the problem. Depending on the diagnosis, the technician can perform minor repairs for a charge.

*Available to natural gas residential and business customers that have natural gas equipment

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6 Benefits of Small House Living

When I first moved into a bigger apartment, I was really surprised that I missed my first TINY apartment…a lot! Not because it was my first place, but because it was so easy and fast to clean! (I could vacuum it with a hand-vac, ha!). Plus I had a place for everything and everything was in its place; it was my perfect little dollhouse.

Although I’m older now and in a not-too-huge house of my own, there’s much to be said about small-home living. Here are just a few benefits:

1. Gain TIME – It’s easier and faster to maintain.

A bigger house has more nooks and crannies to gather dirt and dust and STUFF that gathers its own dirt and dust. Having a small home allows you to keep it super clean and tidy with minimal time and effort, freeing your time for what you really want to do: gardening, biking, spending time with friends, studying, crafting, traveling, you name it.

2. A small house is less expensive.

It isn’t just the purchase price that’s less, but also the heating and cooling bills, maintenance costs, insurance, and taxes. That adds up! What are some goals you have that could be met faster if you didn’t have such a huge mortgage or maintenance costs?

3. Closeness encourages closeness.

You can’t help but be close to people you’re literally close to! You’ll never regret spending dinner with your kids and spouse close together at a table talking and enjoying a meal. In a 3,000 SF house, it’s easy for one person to spend it playing games downstairs while another spends it watching a movie upstairs. Where’s the connection there? When you’re together, you can’t help but to start chatting, sharing, or just enjoying each other’s company in silence (my favorite, haha!).

4. Easier to sell later.

Smaller homes are in more demand than big expensive ones because a wider range of folks can afford them – Generation Z just starting out, empty nesters, first-time homebuyers at any age, middle income families, and just plain frugal folks (that’s me). You’ll really appreciate the fast sell when you need to relocate to another state for a job or family. OR, keep it as a rental. Smaller homes make great rentals. Plus because your mortgage is smaller, the going rental rate is likely enough for your renter to cover all of it PLUS enough to put aside for repairs and maintenance. That’s a great way to build real estate equity for free!

5. Less likely to accumulate clutter.  

For me, physical clutter is mental clutter. Living in a small home means one is more likely to give away stuff that’s no longer needed but useful to another.

6. Reduced commute.

Houses in the city cost more but they’re also closer to work for many. What does a reduced commute mean to you? Maybe more time with the spouse and kids? More time to get to the gym? More time to work on your side gig? Less irritation with traffic? Decide on being content with a smaller home and you’ll get closer to the city and perhaps closer to some of your time management and financial goals.

Written by Daisy Casillas, 1% Real Estate Agent

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Free Community Cleanups for Pierce County Residents

This is an awesome service if you live in Pierce County for cleaning up your property and neighborhood free of charge! Check out the link below for dates, times, and more information on what to bring (and what not to bring) for donation and recycling:

https://www.piercecountywa.gov/4392/Community-Cleanups

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Seattle Fees Going Up for Landlords

Rental Registration and Inspection Fees

Beginning in 2019, all rental properties located within the City of Seattle will be required to renew their rental registration license. We recently learned the city is proposing drastic changes to the fee and licensing requirements. The below information is proposed and any changes must be approved by the city council.

First, the city is proposing to amend the renewal cycle to a once every two year renewal. Previously, the program required renewal once every five years.

Second, the city proposes changing the fee schedule to “create a more equitable fee structure” and to “better align fees with the work performed.” In 2014, rental properties were charged $175 per building plus $2 for each additional unit in the rental property. For a 100 unit property, the cost was $373 for five years.

The city is proposing to increase the fee to $70 per building and $15 for each additional unit. The proposed increase would require a $1,610 license every two years in a 100 unit building.

Additional changes are being proposed and include new fees. We are assessing opportunities to engage members of the Seattle City Council to further discuss this proposal.

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– Courtesy of WMFHA
Washington Multi-Family Housing Association

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Puget Sound Energy: Pipeline Rupture!

PSE News Update

A pipeline rupture near Prince George, British Columbia has disrupted natural gas flow from Canada, creating a major disruption of gas supply to the Pacific Northwest, including Puget Sound Energy. At present, there is no estimated time for return to service. This incident could affect PSE’s ability to supply natural gas to customers’ homes and businesses. Although PSE’s supply of gas has been impacted, there is no damage to the PSE gas system or safety hazard to our customers from the pipeline failure in Canada.

PSE is asking customers to help conserve natural gas and electricity. Customers can set their thermostats at a lower setting and limit the use of hot water, such as dishwashing or clothes washing, and other natural gas and electric appliances through Wednesday.

PSE is doing all we can to maintain our natural gas system operations, and we’ll provide updates as we learn more from our supplier. For electric generation, PSE is switching natural gas generators to alternative fuels.

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