Tips for Securing Your Apartment for Fall

Having an apartment of your own is a truly wonderful experience, and making certain that your new home is secure while you are away is an important part of the move in process for new movers to learn. Apartment security can be easily overlooked, but here is a checklist the folks over at Zillow have compiled to make the process a bit easier for first time renters.

1.) Check your Detectors- When moving into a new place, be sure to check and make sure your smoke detector is in working order, and make sure there is a carbon monoxide detector in your apartment as well. Make sure that your batteries aren’t dead, and change them twice a year just to be overcautious.

2.) Outer Security Check- Make sure that your outside locks at the entrance of your apartment are working, as they are your first defense, should an unwanted guest attempt to enter. If there is a problem with your lock, contact your property management to get the locked replaced as soon as possible.

3.) Dead-Bolt Check- This goes in line with outer security, and making sure your apartment has a deadbolt, especially if you’re living alone is a top priority. Make sure the dead-bolt is sturdy and properly installed to insure your home’s security.

4.) Do you have a Peephole?- Having a peephole is a great addition to your home’s security, and making sure this isn’t painted over or cleared of debris is important. If you don’t recognize the knock, use the peephole to decipher if you know the knocker, and if you don’t, do not open the door.

5.) First Floor Precautions- If you’re living on a first floor unit, it’s best to take extra precautions on top of those previously listed.  Make sure all of the windows have secured locking systems, or grated coverings, and remember to close the shades when you’re not home. Don’t leave your expensive belongings in plain sight, and if you’ll feel safer with Renter’s Insurance, it might be worth looking into, should a burglary occur when you’re not home.

For more information on Rentals in the Seattle area, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Seattle Home Show This Weekend

Are you thinking about updating your home, but having a difficult time coming up with savvy ideas for improvements? The Seattle Home Show is in town this weekend, and is the perfect place to gain inspiration for new home projects. The Home Show is the Northwest’s largest consumer home show with everything indoor and outdoor home related.

Photo Courtesy of the Seattle Home Show

The expo begins tomorrow at the Century Link Field Event Center, and will showcase hundreds of exhibits from builders, developers and re-modelers, with the latest models of new appliances, fixtures, and landscaping. There will be seminars throughout the weekend, and special events such as wine tasting to boot! Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door for adults,  and $7 in advance for seniors. All ticket pricing includes free parking at Century Link Field Event Center, and a free cup of F.X. McRory’s chowder. For more information on the Seattle Home Show, visit their website.

Helpful Tips to Get the Landlord to Pick You

As a new prospective renter, you’ve probably spent countless weekends searching for the perfect rental for yourself, and finally stumble on the right one for you; only problem is, 20 other potential tenants have applied and think it’s the perfect place for them too! Are there things you can do to help yourself standout amongst the other applications? Yes of course! Zillow has provided a few useful tips to set you ahead of the rest. First and foremost, you should really only be pursuing rental accommodations that you can afford. If you go into a showing knowing the maximum rent you can afford with your income, you’re in great shape. You’re landlord needs to know that you’re capable of paying your rent, and paying it on time, so being knowledgeable of this is important at the time of viewing.

Knowing your credit history is also important, as almost every landlord these days will be doing their homework, and checking your credit score prior to giving the OK to accept your application. Credit scores generally range from 300-850, and according to Zillow, a score of 550-580 should be sufficient for a first time renter with a decent income. You can actually go online and check your credit score for free through the Federal government once a year, and you’ll want to do so before searching for an apartment so you can keep that in mind. You should also dress presentable when meeting with a potential landlord to view an apartment (remember while it may feel like you’re interviewing them for finding the right home for you, their actually interviewing you to make sure you’re the perfect fit to work with their company, and the building’s tenants too!). Be on time, and dress business casual, or dressy casual will do the trick, as the first impression on how you appear, and present yourself during this initial meeting is crucial to setting yourself apart from the rest. For other tips, and things you can do to give yourself a head-start in the rental world, visit Zillow’s Blog.

New West Seattle Estate Rental On the Market

This West Seattle Estate will be available to rent August 1st, and has breathtaking views over Puget Sound, the Olympics and the Northwest Islands! The beautiful grounds, including the garden out front have been well maintained and the deck out back practically sells the rental itself. This 5 bed, 4.25 bath home has been here for nearly 100 years, and is available to rent month to month, furnished or unfurnished. The living room and kitchen have huge bay windows looking out across the Sound, as do the majority of other rooms in this massive 6,350 sf rental. For more information on this luxury rental, or other properties in the surrounding Seattle area, visit Ewing & Clark Inc.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 5/4.25
Price: $4,700

How is Your Cost of Rent Determined?

There are several factors that come into play when owners, landlords, and housing boards decide how much to rent a particular space for. In Seattle it can be assumed that since inventory is low, the cost of rent is rising and will continue to do so for the next few years. The Seattle Transit Blog has an interesting take on how your rental price is determined, and why that price was decided maybe even before your apartment was built!

According to Seattle Transit, construction costs, and debt accumulated are taken into consideration, as well as what the market will hold when determining the set rent. They suggest that the cost of rent is decided before the unit is finished being built. There is a supply and demand factor in the housing price decision. If inventory is low, rent is high, but if there is a surge in construction maybe the quality of housing will decrease and renters will wind up eating extra costs. Seattle Transit suggests that if all goes well in the construction process, and attracts prospective tenants, we should be seeing an increase in supply and lower costs in housing production. Read the full story to gain a better understand of all the bells and whistles that come into play when deciding that final rental rate. Understanding that there are many factors at hand and wrapping your head around what those factors are should open the flood gates for new ideas to cut costs for renters and builders alike.

Seattle Apartment Construction Improving Seattle Housing Market

Due to the influx of apartment construction, 2011 will be the first year since 2007 where housing construction will help the economy grow. There has been a surge in apartment construction, as signaled by the cranes in Ballard and South Lake Union, as well as an increase in permits, signaling future construction in Seattle.

For every new home that is built, it creates three jobs and adds $90,000 in taxes. For more details, read the Seattle Times article.

Seattle Apartment Construction Improving Seattle Housing Market

Due to the influx of apartment construction, 2011 will be the first year since 2007 where housing construction will help the economy grow. There has been a surge in apartment construction, as signaled by the cranes in Ballard and South Lake Union, as well as an increase in permits, signaling future construction in Seattle.

For every new home that is built, it creates three jobs and adds $90,000 in taxes. For more details, read the Seattle Times article.

Local Landlord Faces Hefty Fines

I typically blog about Luxury Seattle rentals, but I came across this article in the Seattle Times today regarding a local landlord, Hugh Sisley, that I found very interesting.  Hugh Sisley and his wife Martha had $600,000 in fines upheld recently in an appellate court for several city housing code violations.  The city of Seattle is aggressively enforcing building and housing codes.  To read this article, please click on the Seattle Times.

Wonderful Craftsman in West Seattle- RENTED

Wonderful Craftsman with sweeping views of The Sound and the Olympics. The home has very dramatic features, but still has the comfortable feel.  This rental offers 3,700 square feet of living space, and lots of outside spaces as well. Wonderful gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets and pantry. Walking distance to Fauntleroy shopping and cafes. Landscaping to be included with rent. Please follow the links to find full listing details and photos of the home. To see more luxury rentals, click here.

Status
For Rent
List Price $3,450
Bed/Bath 3/2.5

Wonderful Craftsman in West Seattle- RENTED

Wonderful Craftsman with sweeping views of The Sound and the Olympics. The home has very dramatic features, but still has the comfortable feel.  This rental offers 3,700 square feet of living space, and lots of outside spaces as well. Wonderful gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets and pantry. Walking distance to Fauntleroy shopping and cafes. Landscaping to be included with rent. Please follow the links to find full listing details and photos of the home. To see more luxury rentals, click here.

Status
For Rent
List Price $3,450
Bed/Bath 3/2.5