Moving into a rental home can be stressful and taxing on the mind and body, so preparing to move safely and efficiently is essential to getting everything unpacked on the big moving day. Packing each box lightly, or light enough to be carried is a smart idea if you’re not looking to experience any back pain at the end of the day. Many think that shoving as much as possible into each box will make things easier with fewer boxes, but in fact it will only slow down the process, and you might end up hurting yourself or others if the boxes are too heavy to hold.It may sound strange, but doing some basic stretches before you begin moving will loosen up your muscles, and may prevent and pulled injuries or soreness the next day.
Prepare for your move by bringing proper tools and equipment with you – if you do not have a big crew to help move your boxes, bringing a dolly can really help things run smoothly, and make the move go by much quicker. If you’re moving larger appliances, an appliance dolly would also be useful. Taking a walk around the property a day or two before moving day might help spot any tricky areas and solutions for the move, like how you’re going to fit the couch that is too wide through the front? Maybe there is a back entrance that will be easier to move larger pieces of furniture. Remember to dress comfortable for the big move, and wear comfortable protective tennis shoes. It’s also perfectly ok to move at your own pace – don’t rush yourself too much, a safe move is a happy one. For more information on Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today.
If you’ve seen new apartment buildings sprouting up left and right in your neighborhood, you’re not the only one. Developers are planning on opening more apartments this year, than they have in the past 20 years, and plan on continuing to built throughout 2014 too. The majority of the building will be done in the downtown neighborhoods, and to some watching, it seems like a classic act of over the top real estate. According to the Seattle Times, many banks and others increased their financing for apartments in 2012, but some lenders are becoming more cautious, with the understanding that when new apartments open when rental rates are higher, they might have to offer deeper discounts to fill vacancies. Concerns aren’t running high at this stage in the game, but if construction continues at the rate it is going, many are concerned that a Seattle apartment bubble is in place, is demands aren’t keeping up to pace.
On the other end, construction wouldn’t be booming if vacancies weren’t at the lowest they’ve been in over a decade, which has caused rent to skyrocket. The market rate is currently well below 5%, and even below 3% in some neighborhoods, causing an unbalance between the hierarchy in power between landlords and tenants. According to the Times, apartment construction and rent growth in Seattle is more intense than in most of the nation. Apartment developers are flocking to Seattle due to the strong job growth projections, but are the estimates going to cause the city to be overbuilt? For more information on Seattle’s apartment growth, visit the Seattle Times. If you’re currently searching for a new apartment, check out some of these Seattle Rentals.
This lovely 5 bed, 3.25 bath home in Queen Anne features large rooms, and a stunning view of the city and Elliot Bay. There is a formal dining room, new kitchen with top of the line appliances, (as well as an additional kitchen on the lower level!). The living room has a beautiful view overlooking the city and Bay and the master bedroom is quite expansive, with an exquisite connecting master bath. Living room opens to a huge deck over looking the city. For more information on this rental, or other rentals in the Seattle area, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.