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8 Things You Should Do During the First Week in a New House

You’ve just purchased a new home and your head is spinning with ideas. Interior design, remodeling dreams and entertaining plans are all running through your mind. But before you get ahead of yourself, you have to handle the basics. Here’s what you need to do to settle in during the first week in your new home.

1. Set Up Utilities

Before moving in, contact power, water and gas companies to establish service at your new address. The last thing you want is to unpack in a dark home. Although less urgent, you’ll also want to arrange Internet, cable and phone service within the first couple of days.

2. Update Your Address

It’s easy to change your mailing address with the U.S. Postal Service using their online form. You’ll also want to update your address with your job, your bank and insurance companies and any other businesses you correspond with. Don’t forget to send a note to family and friends informing them of your new address.

3. Change the Locks

You never know who has keys to the existing locks on your home. Take the cautious approach and change or rekey the locks upon moving in. You should also reset the garage door code and ensure all windows locks are in working order.

4. Check Smoke and CO Detectors

Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors around your new home, changing batteries as needed. If the fire extinguisher that came with the house is expired, it’s best to buy a new one for around $50. If you’re unsure of its age and can’t find a date, Keystone Fire Protection says that fire extinguishers have a shelf life of six to twelve years, depending on the type it is.

5. Unpack the Essentials

Rather than tearing into boxes at random, unpack according to priority. Start with bedrooms so everyone has a familiar place to sleep on the first night, followed by basic kitchen supplies. Linens are another item to unbox quickly. After a long day of moving, you’ll want a hot shower before heading to bed.

6. Declutter — Again

Hopefully, you downsized your stuff before relocating so you didn’t pay to move things you don’t actually want or need. Unpacking is another opportunity to think seriously about what’s worth bringing into your new house and what you’re better off letting go of. However, getting rid of stuff is hard. If you have a lot of belongings on the chopping block but you’re struggling to make a final decision, put it in a storage unit rather than storing it in your new home. You’ll reduce clutter in your new house and it will be easier to part with things once you’ve established you can definitely live without them.

7. Perform an Allergen Sweep

More than 50 million Americans have allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. That means there’s a good chance you have an allergy sufferer in your family. If you do, assess your new house for potential allergy triggers. In addition to changing the air filter and inspecting for signs of mold, consider replacing carpets with a more allergy-friendly flooring option. New flooring doesn’t have to cost a lot, especially when you buy from Floors Etc. Outlet, and it makes a big difference in quality of life for allergy sufferers.

8. Add a Little Flair

When it comes to making your new home’s interior design your own, begin with the walls. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way in making sure your favorite color scheme is achieved. Wallpaper is a great option for adding some of your own flair throughout the house, too. Countless choices of color, fabric, texture, design and patterns are available when picking out wallpaper for each room, or even for dressing up an accent wall. Using pre-pasted and peel-and-stick removable wallpaper makes installation easy, efficient and quick.

Finally, take time to relax! Moving is a big endeavor and you’re probably feeling tired after packing, traveling, and setting up the new house. Rather than worrying about getting everything perfect during the first week, set up the basics then enjoy some downtime. After a couple days of taking it easy, you’ll feel re-energized and ready to execute your vision for your new home.

Buying, selling and moving is stressful! Make it easier on yourself by connecting with Schwab Realty. Their professional expertise will guide you smoothly through the process! Call 360-683-4015 to learn more about how they can help you find the home of your dreams.

Excellent Sequim Restaurants For Fall 2021

When it comes to Sequim restaurants, your choices are plentiful!  From romantic cafes and family-friendly diners to lively pubs and upscale farm-to-table eateries, you’ll be delighted by the selection in this small, charming town. Among Sequim restaurants, you’ll find the very best Northwestern cuisine, including seafood, along with several international options. Sequim restaurants take full advantage of the fresh bounty grown at regional farms and the open water of the Straits of Juan de Fuca.

But Sequim is about so much more than the restaurants found here. Imagine waking up every day to endless water views or snow-capped mountains rising above fields of lavender. Spend your days exploring a charming, walkable town center with cafes, shops, and galleries, not to mention the easy access to miles of hiking and biking trails. Sequim really is a vibrant community and a superb place to live. Our brokers at Schwab Realty would love to show you the very best of our quaint northwest town. Continue Reading

Our Favorite Fall Activities!

Fall on the Olympic Peninsula is pretty magical – and certainly ranks high at the top of our list of places to explore.  There are so many great things to do in Sequim this fall, too, some of which may surrpise you! The Pacific Northwest may not share the same vibrant colors of New England in the fall, but Mother Nature still puts on a great show each year. It’s been a relatively dry summer, even for sunny Sequim, and we’re really looking forward to the crisp, cool nights and sunny days ahead.

Whether you’re looking for an epic fall adventure seeking out the best fall colors the Pacific Northwest has to offer, or whether you’d rather spend your time browsing the shops, restaurants, and more in downtown Sequim, we can think of plenty of things to do in Sequim this fall (along with neighboring towns). We’d love to share some of our favorite fall traditions with you – don’t hesitate to reach out for more information about Sequim, especially if you’re considering moving here. Our team at Schwab Realty is always happy to help!

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5 Best Hikes in the Olympic National Park This Fall

When it comes to finding the best hikes in the Olympic National Park, you’ll probably find as many opinions as you will trails.  There are what seems to be an endless variety of hikes to take within and around the park – and probably more than one person could realistically hike in a lifetime.  However, we weigh in with what we think are 5 of the best hikes in the Olympic National Park to take this fall, particularly for people who have yet to visit this incredible park.

The Olympic National Park is special, especially in the fall when the summer crowds begin to fade away. While you won’t find blazing fall foliage akin to what you’d find in Vermont, there are still plenty of stunning fall colors to behold, all set against the emerald greens and blues the Pacific Northwest is famous for. The park is also vast, which is why there are so many opinions about what constitutes the best hikes in the Olympic National Park.

Whether you’re new to hiking or a seasoned expert, we’ve included some of the best hikes in the Olympic National Park for everyone.  As always, we’re happy to offer even more recommendations for great hikes in the area, or perhaps even great restaurants or bars to hit when you’re done, and maybe even a massage therapist?  If you’re ever interested in learning more about the Olympic Peninsula, our Sequim Real Estate Agents are a vital local resource.  Contact us today!

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Visit Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend

The Olympic Peninsula truly is a wonderful getaway destination, filled with an incredible range of things to see and do – and that includes visiting wonderful historic attractions like Fort Worden State Park.  Fort Worden State Park is located in the charming town of Port Townsend, which is itself a historic destination.  The town is filled with quaint Victorian architecture, plenty of antique shops, and a wealth of history.

In addition to being home to great attractions like Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend is an extraordinary little seaport town with a vibrant arts community. The town is home to two different National Historic Landmark Districts, some truly amazing restaurants and shops, plenty of beaches and outdoor recreation to enjoy, and so much more.

This summer, why not visit us on the Olympic Peninsula, where you can leave the everyday stress behind and experience the quieter pace of life up here? We have no doubt you’ll fall in love with it here.  And when you do, our incredible team of real estate agents will be right here, ready to help you take the next step in making this your forever home.  Reach out to us today if we can help in any way. Continue Reading

6 Great Washington Wineries Near Sequim

There are many incredible things to love about Sequim and the Olympic Peninsula as a whole – including indulging in some delicious wine tasting at nearby Washington wineries.  Especially now, with international travel being limited, it’s a great time to get out and explore our own backyard.  We’ve seen growing tourism in the Sequim area over the years – and even increased interesting in living in this beautiful and more affordable part of the state!

As you head out for new adventures this summer, don’t miss your chance to stop in and sip your way through our local Washington wineries in Sequim, Port Angeles, and Port Townsend. If you’re interested in coupling a little real estate shopping into your trip around the area, our local real estate agents, who have been helping clients buy and sell properties for decades, would love to help you find your next investment. Reach out to us today, and let us know if we can help you! Continue Reading