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10 Fantastic Things to do in Sequim This Spring

If you’re holding off on enjoying the many wonderful things to do in Sequim because you don’t think the weather is suitable, it’s time to rethink your position! A recent February snowstorm hit the Pacific Northwest, slowing things down for a day or two. But, per usual, Sequim was spared the brunt of the storm, and it is thanks to the Rainshadow effect of the Olympic Mountains that affords Sequim more sunny days than is typical in the (sometimes) dreary Pacific Northwest!

Take advantage of Sequim’s drier than usual spring, and get out and enjoy all of the great things to do in Sequim this spring.  From birdwatching, hiking, and biking, to kayaking and more, there’s never a shortage of things to do in this beautiful, small town. Not only is Sequim great to explore on its own, but it’s also well-located on the Olympic Peninsula and serves as the perfect jumping-off point from which to explore vast expanses of the Olympic Peninsula.

Sure – there are plenty of fun things to do in Sequim (year-round!).  But did you also know Sequim is a wonderful place to live and work? We’re seeing people move here in record numbers as the modern workforce changes and allows for more and more remote working opportunities. If you’re interested in the Sequim real estate market, it’s time to talk with our seasoned Sequim Real Estate Agents. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have as to what it’s like living and working in the area. We have decades of experience that you can put to good use. Contact one of our wonderful Realtors in Sequim today. Continue Reading

Things to Consider When Moving for Your Home-Based Business

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Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels

Starting up a new business is an exciting yet intimidating endeavor. There are many moving parts to oversee, lots of items to check off your to-do list, and a ton of decisions to make. It may seem that moving into a bigger home is too overwhelming to think about right now, but there are several things you should consider to ease the process.

Your first critical step is to partner with a trustworthy and knowledgeable real estate agent through Schwab Realty. Oftentimes agents are aware of properties that you might not otherwise be aware of, and they can help you find a home with the features you need to prosper.

Here are some other points to bear in mind while your business is still in its infancy.

Productivity

Per Business News Daily, studies show that people who work from home are more productive than their onsite counterparts, and when you’re working from a home office that is spacious, organized, and private, it’s likely your productivity will increase even more. One of the greatest advantages of working from home is that you can create the ideal environment, schedule, and system that works best for you.

Room To Grow

Planning for your business’s long-term success includes planning for its growth. If you can envision offering additional services down the road like consulting, you should take into account what that might look like.

In your search for a new home, look for a layout that will offer you privacy for your office space, away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house. This will be especially important during school vacations or when someone else in the family is entertaining guests. If you need to meet with clients in person or routinely make phone or video calls, a quiet, private space is necessary to maintain professionalism and focus.

Keep an Open Mind

There are certain aspects of homes that can boost privacy without adding square footage. For instance, a walkout basement or detached garage might be just the ticket for your situation. Depending on the work you do and what is involved, an expanded driveway might be on your wish-list. It’s important to weigh all the features that could help your business blossom, both now and in the future.

Similarly, it may make sense to consider earning a degree on the side at your own pace. For example, if you’re plunging into computer science-based entrepreneurship, you might benefit from an advanced IT degree. Some institutions allow you to flex your schedule to meet your needs, which is ideal under the circumstances. What’s more, if you attend a school like WGU, you can earn industry certifications at no additional cost.

Even if you’ve only just begun, it isn’t too early to think about the future. Keeping all this in mind while you’re looking for a new home will help you in the decision-making process.

Your Dream Team

Your Schwab Realty real estate agent is your partner in selling your current home and finding the right property for your personal and professional needs. There are some additional professionals who can help you with the other details of making this dream a reality.

One expert to consider adding to your team is a professional stager. If you have a house to sell, this person can help you tweak the appearance of your home in a manner that optimizes its appeal to house hunters. As The Close suggests, keep your budget in mind and interview prospects thoughtfully.

Another pro to think about hiring is a professional organizer. Professional organizers do just that — they organize. And they can organize everything from top to bottom: your workspace, your flow, making it work while moving, the overall move, and your workspace in your new home. They can even take on tasks like arranging your utilities transfer and hiring movers.

Professional movers are also worth considering. If you forgo hiring an organizer, a full-service moving company can take care of boxing up, loading and unloading, and even assembling and arranging your furniture for you.

Buying a bigger home in the midst of launching a new business doesn’t have to be overwhelming. An experienced agent with Schwab Realty will help make the process smooth and hassle-free from start to finish. Weigh your business and personal needs with an eye toward your future, and connect today to get the process started.

Guest post by Suzie Wilson, happierhome.net,

A Romantic Dinner at Dockside Grill in Sequim

Romantic dinners out are a popular and simple way to reconnect and share a bit of intimacy with the person you love.  There are plenty of great Sequim Restaurants to choose from, but one of our favorites for special romantic dinners is Dockside Grill in Sequim.  The Dockside Grill in Sequim is located at the beautiful John Wayne Marina, just a couple of minutes outside of town.

It’s a beautiful location offering water views of the harbor, and the food is exquisite, with a delicious range of fresh, local seafood, steaks, and more. Great dining, romantic date-nights, and wonderful community amenities are just a few of the things that await you in Sequim.  If you’re considering making the move to this incredibly charming town on the Olympic Peninsula, work with the best real estate agents around.  Contact Schwab Realty today! Continue Reading

A Housewarming Wish List That Works for Everyone

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Help With Your Dream Home: A Housewarming Wish List That Works for Everyone

You survived the financing, negotiating and inspections, and now the house of your dreams is really yours. Now, it’s time to start moving in and filling all that space. This is where your housewarming gift list comes in handy … for everyone. It’s a good deal: you make it easy on friends and family by specifying what you want, and you get what you need. Everybody’s happy.

Your loved ones want to give you something that’s both useful and serves as a lasting reminder of their care for you. No one wants to give some impersonal object that doesn’t require any thought or creativity. So give it some consideration. There are plenty of things you can ask for that are both practical and meaningful. The more personal the idea, the better because it’ll make your friends and  relatives feel like they’ve given you something that really matters to you.

Anything goes

You’re starting from scratch, so the sky’s the limit — anything from a Roku TV streaming device to a decorative vase for your entryway. If you’re of a practical mindset, ask for a new set of bedsheets (they always come in handy), a new serving tray or a unique and attractive set of coasters.

It’s amazing how much an object that seems innocuous, like a footstool or hat rack, can help dress up your home’s interior. An upholstered ottoman makes a cheerful and interesting addition to your living room. 

Spruce it up

Even if you’re still figuring out how to decorate your home, there are lots of things you can do that will add aesthetic appeal. Fresh plants and flowers say “welcome” like few things can, though remember that plants will last longer but require constant care.

Don’t forget about your front door. A colorful wreath, either handmade or purchased, can complement your home’s exterior and make a positive first impression on guests. A customized welcome mat is a fun way to greet visitors with a little kitsch and good humor.

Nothing wrong with knick-knacks

Small, well-placed accents throughout your house lend a sense of grace that’ll impress, even if you can’t afford to fill every room with pricey antiques and high-end furniture. Book-ends are a great way to dress things up a bit with affordable but elegant objects that can be made of just about any substance, natural or synthetic.

Most new homeowners have plenty of wall space to fill, but it’s easy to end up with something you just don’t like (what’s more uncomfortable than having to explain to your uncle why the print of dogs playing poker he gave isn’t proudly displayed?). Instead, ask for a gift card to an online vendor like Framebridge so you can find something that actually suits your tastes.

Tech savvy

Use your wish list to add some smart, budget-friendly devices to your new home. At $29, the Google Nest Mini can be the personal assistant you’ve always wanted, capable of playing music and responding to various commands.

Still need to subscribe to an internet provider? There’s no harm in wishing for someone to pitch in with the initial costs, or asking for assistance with the setup. Having a consistently reliable connection with fast speeds can make settling into your new home much easier.

A helping hand

The most personal gift of all is the one your nearest and dearest provide with their own hands. Why not ask for help arranging furniture in your new house or greeting the guy who’s delivering your new couch or fridge? If that won’t work, how about asking for service from a contractor for various home improvement projects, such as a garage makeover?

As you think through your wish list, remember that it’s an opportunity to get a jump start on the designing, arranging and refining that’ll make your home definitively your own. You can accomplish a lot with a well-conceived wish list.

Schwab Realty is pleased to provide full real estate services to home buyers and sellers, and strives to facilitate a fast and efficient transaction for both parties.

Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.

5 Reasons to choose our Sequim Real Estate Agents in 2021

Though our home real estate office is located in the charming town of Sequim, our Sequim Real Estate Agents actually serve the entire Olympic Peninsula, including the towns of Port Angeles and Port Townsend.  Our Sequim Real Estate Agents have been serving the communities of the Olympic Peninsula since 1986, which means we have decades of experience in real estate marketing up here.  That gives us an incredible range of knowledge not just about current homes and properties on the market, but about the communities you’ll be living in, too. It’s this experience that is invaluable, and which makes us the best Sequim Real Estate Agents to work with in 2021.

The corporate work environment with big cities to the east of us, like Seattle and Tacoma, and even in some other areas in Oregon and California and beyond, have changed dramatically over the course of 2020.  What this means, effectively, is that more and more people are able and willing to work remotely.  In response, we’ve seen a rapid influx of people to the Olympic Peninsula over the course of 2020, and expect that trend to continue in 2021.

At Schwab Realty, we serve a broad range of clientele, including those who are looking for all types of residential properties, land, commercial, farms, ranches, businesses, and investments. Aside from our deep knowledge about the area, one thing that consistently sets our Sequim Real Estate Agents apart from the rest is the dedication we show to each and every one of our clients. Get started on your new life, and contact one of our incredible Sequim real estate agents today!

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Settling Into Your Sequim Neighborhood

Settling into a new town can seem both overwhelming and exciting. However, it’s easy to become completely lost when it’s time to find the important services you’re used to. With that in mind, the Schwab Realty team (the best Sequim real estate agents!) has assembled this helpful list of important things in and around Sequim, Washington, that can help you and your family feel right at home in no time!

Housekeeping Items

Public Utilities

https://www.sequimwa.gov/431/Public-Utilities

DMV Services

https://dmvhandbook.org/locations/sequim-vehicle-licensing-office/

Update Your Automobile Insurance

https://www.statelocalgov.net/best-cheap-car-insurance-companies-sequim-wa.html

Find Top-Rated Auto Repair Shops

https://www.aaa.com/autorepair/shop/sequim-auto-clinic-5883

Lawn Care

https://www.bbb.org/us/wa/sequim/category/lawn-maintenance

How to Declutter and Decorate at the Same Time

https://www.bhgre.com/bhgrelife/how-to-declutter-and-decorate-at-the-same-time/

Set Up Your Business in Sequim

Finding a New Office Space for Your Business

https://www.americanexpress.com/en-us/business/trends-and-insights/articles/5-tips-to-help-your-business-find-a-new-office-space/

Legal Tips on Moving Your Business Out-of-State

https://jflawfirm.com/legal-tips-for-transferring-an-llc-to-another-state/

Important Marketing Strategies for Relocating a Business to Another State

https://www.revlocal.com/resources/library/blog/6-important-marketing-tips-when-relocating-your-business

Logistics of Moving the Business to Another State

https://olerrelo.com/5-important-things-consider-moving-business/

LLC Information You Need to Keep in Mind

https://www.zenbusiness.com/llc/

Find Local Connections

Daycare

https://childcarecenter.us/washington/sequim_wa_childcare

Find a Pediatrician/Doctor

https://www.healthgrades.com/find-a-doctor/washington/best-primary-care-physicians-in-sequim

Find a Local Pet Sitter in

https://www.care.com/pet-sitters/sequim-wa

Find a Church
https://www.churchfinder.com/churches/wa/sequim

Nonprofits and Charities/Volunteer Information

https://greatnonprofits.org/city/sequim/WA

Get Active

Best Sequim Golf Courses

https://schwabrealty.net/blog/2020/11/sequim-golf-courses-retirement/

Yoga

https://www.yogafinder.com/yoga.cfm?yogacountry=USA&yogacity=Sequim

Gyms

https://www.yellowpages.com/sequim-wa/fitness-centers

This list of resources only scratches the surface, but it’s enough to point you in the right direction as you settle into your new Sequim home. Welcome!

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Dan Hall is the founder of Dads Change, a community of dads who want to show their support for fathers everywhere. He hopes the information and support provided by Dads Change helps community members on the hard days and serves as a reminder about why being a father is the gift of a lifetime.

Sequim is a Great Retirement Destination for Pilots!

Over the years, we’ve talked a lot about planning for a great retirement in Sequim. Sequim is rated as one of the best retirement destinations in the world, thanks in part to its weather, its small but vibrant and active community, its affordability and low crime rates, and its amenities.  But did you also know Sequim is a great place to retire for pilots?  It’s true!

Whether you just fly for fun or are leaving a long and distinguished career, Sequim is the perfect place for pilots to retire.  Of course, the natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula is beautiful from the air, but it goes far deeper than that. The weather here is spectacular for flying, but there are also a few small airports and flying clubs in the area, which makes it an ideal destination for pilots.

If retirement is on your mind as we head into a New Year, then perhaps it’s time to reach out to one of our knowledgeable Sequim Real Estate Agents, and get started finding your next dream home? Contact us today! Continue Reading

Discover the Best Places to Live on the Olympic Peninsula

With so many people able and willing to work from home in this new, modern, and post-pandemic workforce that’s emerging, it’s no longer critical to live and work in big cities.  As such, there has been an increase in the numbers of people moving to more desirable parts of the state, such as the Olympic Peninsula. When it comes to finding the best places to live on the Olympic Peninsula, there are quite a few options, too, and much of that depends on the individual.

If you’re looking to relocate to the Olympic Peninsula, you have plenty of choices ahead of you.  Here, you’ll find great towns like Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles, to name a few. Our real estate agents work with clients from all over the world and from all walks of life, all looking for the same thing; the next place to call home.

Let’s make 2021 the year you find your next home – we’ll help you learn more about all of the best places to live on the Olympic Peninsula.  Contact the real estate agents at Schwab Realty today! Continue Reading

Port Angeles Real Estate is Family-Friendly

We spend a lot of time talking about how great of a retirement destination Sequim is, but that’s just a small part of the real estate picture here on the Olympic Peninsula.  Cities like Port Angeles offer plenty of wonderful opportunities for retirees, families, young professionals, and more.  In fact, the Port Angeles real estate market has been heating up in recent months, especially with the general ability for young professionals to work from home.

Much as Sequim is diverse and offers a variety of options, so too is the Port Angeles real estate market diverse. In fact, it’s even more diverse, with a range of waterfront homes, family-friendly homes in the downtown core, quieter outlying communities, and homes nestled up higher in the mountains.

The options to buy Port Angeles real estate are plentiful, and we’d love to help you find your next big adventure. Reach out to our group of seasoned and friendly real estate experts today! Continue Reading