Sponsor spotlight: Every estate sale has a special story to share

Most every estate sale is conducted through the same process. There’s typically an initial walk-through of the estate after an individual has passed away, moved or began the process of downsizing. If having an estate sale makes sense for both parties, the prospective sale dates are arranged and a contract is signed. Next, the liquidation…

Sponsor spotlight: Pro tips for a smooth bathroom remodel

Bathrooms are usually the smallest spaces in our home. However, there is no shortage of decisions you’ll have to make if you’re ready to remodel your bathroom. Like other areas of your home, bathroom remodels (or two) can be a smooth process with careful planning and by working with a qualified contractor. Consider the following…

Sponsor spotlight: How can I buy my next home?

Here’s a program for you. Have you been discouraged in purchasing your next home because you must sell first and use those funds for the next move, and you heard contingencies don’t exist anymore?. Or, you have 20% down payment but even that isn’t enough to win over the seller in this high-paced, high-stakes real…

Sponsor spotlight: Five steps for designing the perfect laundry room

Laundry is a chore but designing a functional space to clean your clothes doesn’t have to be. Kitchens and bathrooms are popular areas for improvement, but the laundry room shouldn’t be overlooked. No matter how big or small the space you have for a laundry room, with careful planning you can create the perfect laundry…

Sponsor spotlight: Winter home improvement projects that pay off

After a busy holiday season, you may be ready to relax at home during the remaining winter months. If you’ve been thinking about making home updates, you don’t have to wait until the spring. Housing industry professionals are always ready to tackle new projects and work with suppliers year around. Typically, during the “off-season,” home…

Sponsor spotlight: New Year’s resolutions to refresh your home

The beginning of a new year offers a fresh start and a chance to usher in a positive change. New Year’s resolutions are usually associated with personal goals, such as losing weight or saving money. This year instead — or perhaps, in addition — you can resolve to take steps to refresh your home. A…

Irons Brothers Construction owners honored during Master Builders Association gala

The husband-and-wife team of Joseph and Melissa Irons, co-owners of Irons Brothers Construction, both were honored during the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish County (MBAKS) gala last month. Based in Shoreline, Irons Brothers Construction is a long-time sponsor of My Edmonds News, MLTnews and Lynnwood Today. Melissa Irons received the 2021 Sandy McAdams Woman…

Sponsor spotlight: Five ways to prepare your home before the next freeze

To keep you and your home safe and ready for cold temperatures, consider taking the following steps. Prepare outdoor pipes. Take steps to insulate your outdoor pipes to prevent damage. How does damage to your pipes occur? When water freezes, it expands, which in turn causes your pipes to expand — and that leads to…

Sponsor spotlight: Inside the mind of a compulsive hoarder during the COVID-19 pandemic

Many of us have seen the TV show Hoarders, or heard about a neighbor or relative who is hoarding behind closed doors. Perhaps you personally struggle with hoarding and find the notion of parting with your acquired possessions difficult or impossible. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals have been isolated, processing grief and wading through…

Sponsor spotlight: Postpone taxes with a like-kind real estate exchange

The tax law provides a valuable tax-saving opportunity to business owners and real estate investors who want to sell property and acquire similar property at about the same time. This tax break is known as a like-kind or tax-deferred exchange. By following certain rules, you can postpone some or all of the tax that would…

Sponsor spotlight: Secure your home for the winter cold

While snow or extreme cold may not be frequent for us in the Pacific Northwest, when we experience even moderate snow falls or brief cold snaps during the winter, these temperatures can take a big toll on your home. Winter weather can also knock out heat, power and other services to your home, sometimes for…

Sponsor spotlight: Home safety checklist for the holiday season

The holiday season is a special time for family gatherings and festive celebrations, but it’s also an important time for homeowners to keep some basic safety precautions top of mind. Indeed, crime rates tend to rise during the holiday season – Thanksgiving to New Year’s –because of the increased number of consumers shopping for gifts…

Sponsor spotlight: Avoid frustrating shipping delays — shop local estate sales

Are you moving, downsizing, or do you just need some new furniture? Maybe you have a friend or family member who is in the middle of one of these transitions. Typically, furnishing a space is relatively simple; standard wait time may be involved if you’re having items shipped from the warehouse. However in the midst…

Sponsor spotlight: 10 toolbox essentials for small home repairs

The joys of homeownership are numerous, from providing comfort for you and your family to building up equity in your financial profile. If you are a new home owner, it is important to be ready to encounter home repairs. Fortunately, not all home repairs require the help of a professional or come with a big…

Sponsor spotlight: Getting creative with your empty nest

Many baby boomers are finally saying goodbye to their adult children, who are moving out of the house and starting the next chapter in their lives. While some empty nesters are excited about this new phase, it can be a stressful time for others as they deal with this time of transition in their lives….

Sponsor spotlight: Universal design — homes that work for everybody

The majority of U.S. homes today are designed to work best for the sensory skills, size and capabilities of an able-bodied, 170-pound, 5-foot-9-inch male. What if homes were instead designed to be accessible to anyone, regardless of age, ability, preference (e.g., right- or left-handed) or size? That’s the idea behind universal design. Understanding home design…

Sponsor spotlight: Remodeling projects to reenergize your home

Sweater weather a has arrived. Are the falling leaves, along with pumpkin spice lattes and football games, inspiring you to tackle your interior home improvement projects? Remodeling your home can pay off in personal enjoyment and comfort and improve the value of your home. A professional remodeler can provide guidance on home improvement projects that…

Sponsor spotlight: How to find and hire a remodeler right for you

Are you tired of cooking in a dated kitchen or spending time in cramped living space you’ve outgrown? If you are a homeowner ready to make upgrades to your home rather than selling and buying a new home, it may be time to remodel. If your remodel involves structural, electrical or plumbing work, you should…

Sponsor spotlight: Full clean-outs done right — Ginny’s Girls has your back

Have you recently inherited or become responsible for a loved one’s household full of stuff? Or maybe you are ready to part with your lifetime of belongings as you jump into the next chapter of your life? So many individuals in this position don’t know where to start! This is exactly where Ginny’s Girls Estate…

Sponsor spotlight: Keep unwanted guests away from your home

Social distancing may be a barrier for having visitors at your home. There are some guests, however, that you should never allow in — pests such as ants, roaches, rats, and termites. Not only are pest infestations a nuisance, its critical to protect your family from disease due to food contamination and your property from…

Sponsor spotlight: Ideas for modernizing your home office

The pandemic transformed the way Americans lived and worked. While public health restrictions are lifting, many people may continue to work from home at least part of the time. More than half (54%) of employed adults whose job responsibilities can be done from home say they’d want to work from home all or most of…

Sponsor spotlight: Tips for hiring a reputable remodeler

After spending more time at home this year, you may be one of the many home owners motivated to modernize your home and hire a remodeler. Depending on the scope of your project, you’ll likely be sharing your home with the remodelers’ crews for weeks or even months. It’s critical to find a reliable professional…

Sponsor spotlight: Renovations that add value to your home

Making home improvements will enhance your home’s comfort as well as add to its value. But not all home improvement projects are created equal. If you plan on selling your home in the near or long term, take the time now to focus on those projects that offer the best return on your investment. While…