Sponsor spotlight: Visit Irons Brothers at the Northwest Remodeling Expo Jan. 18-20

Join Irons Brothers Construction at the Northwest Remodeling Expo, set for Friday-Sunday, Jan. 18-20, at the Washington State Convention Center, Halls 4EF, 800 Convention Pl., Seattle. More information is available on the Irons Brothers events website. Discounted tickets are available via email at office@ironsbc.com. NW Remodeling Expo Jan. 18: Noon-7 p.m. Jan. 19:11 a.m. to 7…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Five hidden renovation costs

Renovations never seem to go as planned. There’s always a cost you didn’t anticipate, or a problem that didn’t reveal itself until the project was underway. Here are five common costs to look out for. 1. Higher utility bills: If contractors and builders are working in your home all day, there’s a good chance they’re…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Dealing with scratched hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes. Hiding scratches: If you’ve…

Sponsor spotlight: More older Americans desire to ‘age in place’

Older Americans largely prefer to stay in their current homes as they age rather than downsize or relocate. And that is a major driver in the continued growth of “aging-in-place” remodeling. This technique involves making home modifications — big or small — to help homeowners live safely in their home for many years to come,…

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 home owners 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…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Create an evacuation plan for your pets

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add…

Secure your home for the winter cold

While snow or extreme cold may not be a big factor in all parts of the country, those who experience even moderate snow falls or brief cold snaps during the winter know that colder temperatures can take a big toll on your home. Winter weather can also knock out heat, power and other services to…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Turning a bedroom into a luxury room

For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it’s always been that way doesn’t mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary. One trend that’s gaining steam these days is converting your current bedroom into a luxury suite (or something comparable). If…

Seattle-area home prices experience fastest drop in U.S.

Home prices in the greater Seattle area are falling faster than anywhere else in the U.S., our online news partner The Seattle Times reported. Single-family home costs across the Seattle metro area declined 1.3 percent in September from a month prior, according to the Case-Shiller home-price index, released Tuesday. That follows a 1.6 percent drop…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: What to negotiate when buying a house

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned veteran, the negotiation part of the transaction can be a little daunting and stressful. However, it is necessary to ensure you are getting the best possible deal for your money. So, what should you negotiate when buying a home? Closing costs. Your closing costs are determined…

Five home maintenance projects to do this fall

As we turn back the clock, now’s the time to focus on fall maintenance projects. Preparing for the chilly weather now will enhance and protect one of your biggest investments: your home. The best part is that many of these projects can be done at little or no cost, and they can help you save…

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Home and Real Estate Weekly: Dealing with scratched hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes. Hiding scratches: If you’ve…

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Home and Real Estate Weekly: How to check your home for air leaks

We’re well into the fall season, and winter is right around the corner. This is the time of year when it’s especially important to make sure your home is properly sealed. Air leaks can make it difficult to keep your home properly heated and can lead to high utility bills. Here’s quick guide to checking…

Report: Third-quarter home sales reflect ‘normalization’ of housing markets

While home inventory is increasing, it is still a seller’s market in the Puget Sound region, real estate brokerage firm Coldwell Banker Bain said in its third-quarter market report. The report includes a variety of statistics for the sale of homes in neighborhoods and counties across Puget Sound, and reflects activity between July 1 and…

Save the date: Irons Brothers Construction on 2018 Remodeled Homes Tour Oct. 27-28

Sponsor Irons Brothers Construction, along with other local home remodelers, would like to invite you to a perfect fall tradition. The 2018 Remodeled Homes Tour, Oct. 27-28, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., is presented by the Remodelers Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Watch this website for more information…

Irons Brothers Construction home office projects.

Creating the perfect home office

School is back in session, and that means the kids will be bringing home more and more homework. This combined with a growing trend of professionals who are working from home on a permanent or part-time basis, places increased emphasis on creating the perfect home office. While the dining room table or living room couch…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Big ideas for small spaces

Smaller rooms can be difficult to decorate, because if you don’t know a few important tricks, the space can end up feeling a little claustrophobic. Here’s how you can keep a room feeling airy and spacious, even if it’s just a studio apartment or an attic. Breathing room Your first inclination might be to arrange…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Five tips for a better closing day

Buying a home can be a long process. The last thing you want after all your time spent searching for homes and getting the best mortgage rate is to have everything go wrong on closing day. Here are five tips that’ll ensure it goes smoothly. 1. Schedule a date that works best for you: You…

Real estate agents learn selling points of local schools

“How are the local schools” is a common question that most real estate agents receive from prospective home buyers. To help answer that question, Edmonds School District officials met with local real estate representatives this week. “This was just an opportunity to reach out and share a little bit more about the district,” Superintendent Kristine…

Irons Brothers Construction kitchen remodel, July 2017.

Considering a remodel? Think twice before you DIY

According to new research and a recent New York Post article, the average American home has nine repairs that need to be completed around the house, with 57 percent of homeowners feeling like their home is a work in progress. While it’s understandable that many homeowners do some of their own home repairs or small…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Which down payment strategy is right for you?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders. But there can actually…

Home and Real Estate Weekly: Five secret weapons for DIY projects

Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store? There are some projects you can tackle with items that are almost certainly already in your home. 1. Vinegar: There’s probably a jug of vinegar in your pantry…