With fall upon us, it’s time to think about fall maintenance at your home. Here is a checklist that will help you get ready for fall.
Maple Leaf Property Management has implemented a service to have new furnace filters delivered to your home on a quarterly basis. We have found that more often than not, it is difficult for tenants to remember to change the filter quarterly, which is a condition of the lease. Changing the furnace filters provides lower annual energy costs and it also prolongs the life of the furnace, which means less maintenance. At the time of your lease extension, you will be charged an additional $10.00 per month to go toward this new Utility and Maintenance Reduction program, and you will begin receiving your quarterly furnace filters. If you would like to start the program sooner, please contact your property manager to begin service.
- Close your blinds. When the sun comes through your windows 76% of the energy becomes heat. Closing the blinds will make a significant difference!
- Use a fan! Using a stand alone fan or a ceiling fan is more energy efficient than an air conditioning unit.
- Cook outdoors. Using an outdoor grill is far better than using your oven which will heat up your kitchen.
- Unplug your Electronics. When you unplug your electronics, you not only save energy but you prevent them from creating residual heat.
- Change your sheets. Flannel sheets and fleece blankets are great in the cooler months but lighter fabric such as cotton will be much more comfortable in the summer.
Soon the hot summer months will be a memory but these steps will help you be more comfortable in the moment.
We continue to hear what our smart devices can do and developers continue to make new apps. The older apps also continue to have upgrades and new features. Now we’ve learned that Alexa can help you out as well! If you are a tenant in a property that Maple Leaf Property Management manages, and if you have an Amazon device or app that uses Alexa, you can now submit maintenance requests by voice.
Alexa Skill Integration
Amazon Alexa integration is here! Residents can now download AppFolio’s My Property Manager skill from the Amazon Store and use Alexa to get contact information and to submit maintenance requests. Let us know what you think!
We are off to another beautiful summer! However, we had little rain in June and July is shaping up to be hot and dry as well. Therefore, you all need to water! Even dormant lawns and mature landscaping need a thorough dousing to avoid stress, and possible dying.
Seattle Public Utility Guidelines are:
The Seattle Public Utilities recommends that you water shrubs deeply, but infrequently when the weathers starts to get warmer.
Most plants do best if the soil is allowed to partially dry out between waterings. For lawns, a loss of shine or footprints showing indicate that it’s time to water. Vegetables and other annuals should be watered at the first sign of wilting, but tougher perennials (plants that live several years) only need water if they stay droopy after it cools off in the evening. Trees and shrubs usually don’t need any watering once their roots are fully established (two to five years) except in very dry years.
If a lawn is allowed to go dormant in the summer (turn brown) the lawn will still need a good soaking every month in the summer to remain healthy. If you choose to let your lawn go dormant and you have dogs, be aware that this can cause more damage to the lawn and the lawn may need to be aerated and overseeded in the fall to bring the lawn back to good condition.
Here is a link to the City of Seattle “Smart Watering” guidelines if you are interested in more information.
Remember to water in the evening to minimize evaporation.
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We all know the feeling when it’s time to declutter, but where do you begin? The kids have moved out, you’re getting ready to move or maybe you’re just tired of all the piles. The thought can be overwhelming.
Where Should You Begin?
The first thing to remember when you declutter is that you don’t have to do it all at once. You can start with a desk drawer, one cupboard in the kitchen, shoes in the back of closet or even the drawer of winter hats and gloves. You’ll have immediate success and a feeling accomplishment that will motivate you to try again. Just a quick fifteen minutes at a time can make an amazing difference in a month.
What will make the difference each day?
Once you’ve started to make some decluttering progress think about what will make a difference in each day. Will mornings be easier if you decluttered the bathroom shelves and cupboards? Think about the coat closet. Would it help to have only the coats coats and bags that you use daily in that closet? What would make your day run more smoothly if only it were better organized and decluttered. That’s for you to decide.
Now it’s time for the big stuff!
Now it’s time for the bigger project. How about that storage room? Just start with one small box. Then choose another and soon you’ll be able to walk around and actually find what you need or want.
Now that you’re feeling successful at deculttering, it will be easier to continue and you’ll be pleased with yourself.
Seattle rents drop for the first time in this decade and the laws of supply and demand are playing out in Seattle’s rental market. The construction boom has created a glut of rental properties and vacancy rates are up. When supply exceeds demand, price goes down, and this is exactly what is happening with Seattle rental properties. While a year-over-year comparison still shows an increase, the past quarter has shown a 2.9 percent dip across King and Snohomish counties, and up to a 6 percent dip in popular neighborhoods such as Ballard and South Lake Union The Seattle Times gave an excellent accounting of this trend in a recent article
There could also be other factors in play besides an increase in supply. Rents follow a seasonal cycle and winter/early spring are traditionally slow. Local hiring is also not at the feverish pace it has been, with companies such as Amazon showing a sharp reduction in job posting.
The busy season for renting is right around the corner, hiring trends will change, and while rents may dip in the short term, they will always eventually go up.
For more in depth information about the current rental market in Seattle, contact us and we would be happy to share our thoughts.
Did you know that we’re on the list of the 20 best property managements companies in Seattle? We are pleased to be recognized for our hard work in serving our owners and tenants. We are reliable and responsive and work to be the best we can be as well as continuing to make improvements to our systems. If you want to know more, please give us a call.
Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains, or rugs. Space heaters and fireplaces require supervision. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
Keep gutters clear to help move moisture away from the house. Inform your property manager if they are clogged. One of the most common problems is when gutters are clogged, the water pools around the foundation and can flood basements or crawl spaces. Please keep all outdoor drains clear of leaves so water does not pool up in the yard. Keep an eye on drains on the street to help keep them clear also.