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Are You Prepared?

emergency kit

Are you prepared for an emergency. We all  hope that we never have to leave our homes or lose power etc. Maybe you’ll need to evacuate due to weather or some other emergency. This is a good time to plan ahead and create a personalized emergency kit for yourself and your family. Here are some supplies that you might include.

Emergency Kit

Have supplies. Consider putting an emergency kit together including food and bottled water, flash drive/copies of critical documents, first aid kit with spare medications, portable USB charger/solar charger and cords, small hand-crank flashlight, hand-crank emergency radio, spare set of clothes and warm gloves/hat, and spare keys/key cards and printed security codes.

If you’re going out of town, please provide us with emergency contact information.As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers this advice to stay safe during the cold weather.

Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help
prevent losing your body heat.Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t stay inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week begins on October 7th. This is a topic we always talked about in school but as adults it’s not often a topic of conversation. It is good to be aware however and remember that fire can happen anywhere. Be prepared!

fire prevention

Furnace Filter Policy

furnace filter

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.

Keeping Your House Cool On A Budget

fanKeeping your house cool on a budget is something we all strive to do. It can be a challenge but there are a few simple tricks that can make a difference.

  1. Close your blinds. When the sun comes through your windows 76% of the energy becomes heat. Closing the blinds will make a significant difference!
  2. Use a fan! Using a stand alone fan or a ceiling fan is more energy efficient than an air conditioning unit.
  3.  Cook outdoors. Using an outdoor grill is far better than using your oven which will heat up your kitchen.
  4. Unplug your Electronics.  When  you unplug your electronics, you not only save energy  but you prevent them from creating residual heat.
  5. 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.

Alexa and Maple Leaf Management

echo family

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!

Baby, it’s HOT Outside!

wateringWe 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.

Maple Leaf Management LLC


It’s Time to Declutter , But Where Do I Begin?

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.


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