Tehaleh Tour of Homes

Curious about some of the different floor plans being built in the neighborhood? Here is your chance to check out 10 featured homes without leaving your living room!

On August 22nd from 11am-4pm Newland Communities is hosting a virtual Tour of Homes where you can walk through different home plans and talk with qualified experts.

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Don’t forget, there is no cost to you for using our services when purchasing a new home. So if you fall in love with a new home and are interested in buying, don’t hesitate to reach out. My team and I would love to help!

This One Is Going To Go Quick!

You do not want to miss out on this beautiful move in ready resale located on 135th Street East!

This light and bright 4 bedroom, 2.25 bath home features a huge kitchen with an island that opens up to the great room and leads out to covered/ extended patio & beautiful back yard. Upstairs you’ll love the large loft, oversized laundry room, 2 additional bedrooms & main bath. You’ll fall in love with the spacious Master suite that features large shower and two closets! The 4th bedroom is located on the main floor & currently used as an office. Don’t let this one slip by!

Moving day, just imagine it: The sun is shining, the weather is just perfect, and you’re about to close one chapter and open a brand new one. There’s so much possibility ahead! Although it may be exciting and full of promise for you, moving can be a terrifying event for your pets, even if you’re just moving down the street. Fortunately, you can take a lot of steps to protect your furry, feathery and scaly pals in these high stress times.

Your Moving Day Checklist: Pet Edition

Whether you’ve got a dog that you love, a cat that’s a handful or a flock of chickens, moving with animals takes patience and attention to detail in order to help them get through the process with the least amount of stress possible. Remember that your pet doesn’t understand what’s happening and that the noise, strangers and general chaos can be terrifying for them.

Before you so much as begin to pack, it’s important to consider what’s going to happen with your pets during your move. Here are some things you can do to keep them safer and happier during the whirlwind that’s to come:

  • Start practicing now. It’s likely your pet will need to be confined to a crate, bathroom or other safe space so that the door can be left open to move things out. Before the move starts, you can begin to get them used to the idea of being confined. Start by staying in or near the space with them and rewarding them when they relax (this could take some time at first, so be patient). As they get better at being confined with you, go farther and farther away, and for longer periods, rewarding them as they adjust to the situation.

Getting your pets used to being confined like this can help prevent injuries to them should they frantically scramble to escape, and can help you better see what kinds of things in those spaces may be potentially dangerous when they’re left unattended on moving day.

  • Ask your vet. Your vet has all kinds of things in their dispensary for these one-time highly stressful events. They can make a specific recommendation based on your pet’s history and particular panic buttons, and also give you more behavioral tools to your own toolbox to help your pet cope. Absolutely ask your vet for help before you even book a mover or a moving truck.
  • Take frequent breaks. If you can, stretch your move out over a few days or a week so that your pets can have a breather from their safety spot. Depending on just how much there is to move, it’ll be easier on you, too. For example, you might move a lot of boxes on Monday, take the small appliances over on a Wednesday and then move the furniture on Friday. Giving your pet some time to shake off the stress will make the move a lot easier for them.
  • Consider a pet sitter. Longer moves may require you to be away for a while, which turns an already stressful situation into a potential for real trouble. A pet sitter will help fill your shoes while you’re moving, or while you’re taking care of getting the new place cleaned up and ready to go if your pet is very prone to stress in new situations. Just make sure to introduce the pet to the sitter ahead of time so they can get to know one another.

Make Your Move Easier with HomeKeepr

Not sure where to turn for a pet-friendly mover or a pet sitter who can help tend your favorite furry friend while you’re away? Look no further than HomeKeepr where you can find the perfect pet-friendly moving team that can help you start your new chapter with as little stress as possible.

Things to consider when buying a lake property

Buying a lake house can be a great investment, regardless of whether you intend to use it as a vacation property or a year-round residence. With that said, you shouldn’t rush into buying a lakefront property just because it’s available. As with any house, there are some things that you should think about before you sign on the dotted line. Here are a few specific considerations you should keep in mind when looking at a lake property that’s for sale.

Higher Moisture Levels

One of the first things that you’ll notice is that there’s more moisture in the air close to the lake. Higher humidity can be unpleasant during the summer, but it also can have a negative effect on your property as a whole. Mold, mildew and other humidity-related damage can occur over time, so it’s important to make sure that properties you consider were built and furnished with this in mind.

High Water Table

Because the property sits close to the lake, you’re going to have a higher water table than you would with more landlocked properties. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if the property has a basement or other underground area then you need to see what effects the water table has on those areas. Keep an eye out for leaks, flooding, cracks or mold that might be a result of the water table being higher than usual.

Lake Access

Having a home close to the lake is nice, but it becomes significantly less nice if it doesn’t offer you lake access that meets your needs. If you have a boat, see if you’ll have easy lake access from your property or if you’ll have to get on the water somewhere else. Likewise, if you just want peaceful evenings to watch the sun set over the water, make sure that there isn’t a busy lake access point or marina close to your property.

Inspect the Water Line

There’s more to consider when buying a lakefront property than just the view. Take the time to walk along the water line and see what sort of shape the shore and the nearby water are in. Look for signs of erosion in the shoreline and yard and see whether the water itself is choked with weeds or other plant life. You should also look for signs of debris or other indicators of how high the water tends to get when the lake is swollen from rain.

Take a Deep Breath

A lake house can be a feast for the eyes, but those aren’t the only senses you’ll experience your lake property with. Lakes often have a distinctive smell, and in some cases, it can be pretty strong. A little bit of lake odor is usually pretty easy to overlook, especially if your house is set back from the water a bit. For some lakes, though, it can be almost overpowering, especially during the summer months when you’re most likely to want to be out on the lake. Before you buy, make sure that any odors from the lake are tolerable not only for you but also any guests that you might want to invite out.

Check on Your Insurance

If you’re buying a lakefront home, you may find that it costs more to insure than a property that’s more inland. In some cases, the insurance can cost substantially more. That’s not even counting flood insurance or other disaster-related policies that you’ll likely want to take out. Just make sure that the cost of insuring your new lake property isn’t going to be more than you can really afford to take out.

Find the Perfect Lake Property

It can take a lot of searching to find a lakefront property that checks all of your boxes. Fortunately, HomeKeepr is here to help. Sign up for a free account today to find the experts you need to inspect and customize the lake home of your dreams.

Weekly Listing Round Up!

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Beautiful, move in ready home in Tehaleh is ready for you to call home! This 5 bedroom (or 4 bedroom + large bonus), 2.5 bathroom is sure to please! Open concept with gorgeous white kitchen (all appliances stay!) with wood laminate flooring throughout main, gas fireplace in the great room and on the covered patio. Huge master with enormous walk in closet and well appointed 5 piece bath. Bonus room with closet currently used as oversized 5th bedroom, choice is yours! Close to dog park and trail heads to miles of trails/ parks.

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This home has all the upgrades you could ask for! This 4 bed, 2.5 bath home on greenbelt has hand scraped hardwoods thru-out main, kitchen with island, butlers pantry, and quartz counter tops, open floor plan, gas stone fireplace in the great room, formal dining room, office on main with French doors, all beds have walk-in closets, and Master suite has 5pc bath & coffee bar. Don’t miss outdoor living with gas fireplace and electric heater. Privacy fencing, surround sound, tech/command center, upstairs loft & so more…

Just Listed!

Stunning Brookstone home on lush greenbelt has everything you could hope for! The grand open spindle staircase welcomes you upon entering and it just gets better from there! High-end plantation shutters throughout entire home, wood floors throughout main level, gorgeous kitchen open to great room with farmhouse sink & all appliances stay!

Master suite with sitting room, 2 walk in closets and 5 piece bath. You’ll love the privacy in your backyard with covered patio & fireplace. Backyard has a gate leading to 20+ miles of walking trails. Close to dog park & trailheads!

13111 184th Ave E | Bonney Lake | Tehaleh

MLS#1606475

Update: Latest Construction Trends

Throughout the years, the construction industry, and the trends that it follows, have changed significantly. While some key elements in construction tend to stay more or less the same, in other areas the industry needs to be adaptable to keep up with the changing wants and needs of consumers and other clients. So if you’re considering a change, but aren’t really sure what you want in your home, here are a few of the recent and upcoming construction trends to keep in mind.

Children’s Playrooms

A lot of homeowners with children have come to feel that their kids need a place to play when at home. While children can and will play anywhere, giving them free reign of the house can be nerve-wracking, especially when you have to clean it all up every day. Establishing a dedicated playroom helps to contain the chaos, confining the clutter to a single area within the house. It’s possible to use an existing room as-is for a playroom, but a lot of parents would prefer to do at least a little bit of remodeling to ensure that the room both meets their kids’ needs, and is optimized for safety and storage.

Ditching the Dining Room

Big formal dining rooms have been popular for a long time, though that popularity has waxed and waned over the years. These days, many households aren’t using their dining rooms nearly as much as they did in past decades. As a result, more homeowners are looking for other things to do with that space other than using it to hold a table and chairs. This has led to surge in remodeling to make better use of that dining room area, with homeowners opting instead to create nooks or other smaller dining spaces that can be used much more efficiently at mealtime.

Smart Home Construction

Once a thing of science fiction, smart home technology and home automation are increasingly popular options for homeowners. A lot of smart home automation tech is designed to be plug-and-play, with smart lights, smart thermostats and various sensors being available as aftermarket purchases. For new construction, though, more people are opting for integrated technology. Built-in smart sensors to track things like water leaks, open windows and various aspects of security are all popular. Other construction options such as built-in Ethernet and design that avoids Wi-Fi dead spots are also being requested more and more frequently.

Home Office Spaces

As people work from home more often, they need a dedicated area to do their work in. In some cases, this is as simple as moving a computer into a spare bedroom, but many home workers require more customization for their home office space. This can come in the form of additional storage or custom work areas, improved soundproofing or electrical work such as improved lighting and added outlets. Other home workers may want a custom outbuilding to serve as a “shedquarters” so that they have a work area that’s at home but separate from the house itself.

Smaller Room Designs

While open room designs have been popular for years, there has been a shift recently to smaller and more distinct rooms within the home. This doesn’t apply to every room, of course; for living rooms and some other spaces within the house, bigger and more open continues to be popular. And having other rooms with a more compact design can make these seem bigger by comparison, even when you don’t have a huge amount of floor space to spend on big open areas.

Keeping Up with the Trends

Trends change over time… if they didn’t, they wouldn’t be trends. HomeKeepr can help you keep up with the Joneses and stay on top of the latest trends. Sign up for a free account today and see just how well it can connect you with the pros you need to stay on top.

It’s Time For A Giveaway!

The Liz Keeps It Real team has been missing all of our friends and clients during this quarantine and thought talking to you all would be amazing! So, we are going to give one lucky person a Big Green Egg grill and some fun grilling essentials to go with! All you have to do is call us!

The Big Green Egg is the highest-quality ceramic cooker on the market. But what are the benefits of a ceramic grill? The EGG’s design allows it to trap heat inside when in use. This means that it’s safe to touch without worrying about burning your fingers. Being airtight, the design also weatherproofs the cooker which allows you to use it in rain or snow.

 ​​THAT’S NOT ALL! We are also raffling off one $50 Visa gift card if you are able to give us a referral for someone looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate at the time you call in on the 15th!

Call us on Friday, May 15th at 253-670-0357 between 9am-2pm to enter!  We hope you will spread the word and share this awesome opportunity! 

Weekly Round Up

We have some awesome new listings this week!  If you have been looking to upgrade/downsize or know someone who would love to live in Tehaleh, we are available to help.  Reach out today and lets discuss how our team can help make your goals a reality!

Gorgeous move in ready St. Tropez plan in Trilogy 55+ community, offers resort style living in Tehaleh! Beautiful, landscaped corner lot with sprinkler system and all grass is maintained by the HOA! Large windows let in tons of natural light and look out into the back yard which has a covered patio and stone gas fireplace.  This home has over $100K in stunning upgrades including wood wrapped windows, master closet system, AC & more!  Over-sized 2 car garage with built in storage.  Access to Seven Summits Lodge with gym, swimming, events, dining and classes.

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Stunning Lennar Carnation resale on the best greenbelt in Tehaleh! Main floor features include soaring ceilings in the great room with tons of natural light, bedroom and full bathroom, Chef’s kitchen with double ovens (Fridge stays too!), huge pantry, butler’s pantry and mudroom off the garage.  Upstairs, you will love the open loft, huge laundry room, and generous master suite. All of the bedrooms have walk-in closets!  Enjoy the tranquility in the backyard from your covered patio.  Includes Smart Home Automation WiFi- CERTIFIED.

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