Sponsor spotlight: Pro tips for virtual homebuying and remodeling research

If you’re planning to buy or remodel a home but you’re not quite ready to view several dozen homes in person, start by looking at homes online. You’ll be surprised by the number of online showrooms, photos and 3D videos/virtual tours available to help you narrow down your search. For new homebuyers, Realtor.com, Redfin.com, Trulia.com and…

Sponsor spotlight: Five essential fall maintenance tasks for your home

With the summer season in the rear-view mirror, now is the time to focus on a few simple home maintenance projects to prepare for the fall weather. Not all maintenance projects require a significant of time or money. Instead, seasonal projects are low or no-cost DIY projects that can also help you save money on…



Sponsor spotlight: Organize your home for the school year

It’s back-to-school time and that means all over town, parents are vowing that this year, they’ll finally be organized. There will be no more tears, threats, or lost field-trip permission slips. The kids will walk out the door with their completed homework and a healthy lunch snug in their backpacks. Here are some hints to…

Sponsor spotlight: Houses are aging — is it time to remodel?

America’s housing stock is aging. And following the Great Recession, residential construction grew at a modest pace. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), many homeowners across the country occupy dwellings that are not new or modern. A closer look at the housing stock data reveals that many properties may be due for…

Sponsor spotlight: A new shade of ‘green’ — today’s standards for home efficiency

Anyone who’s been car shopping in recent years knows that modern cars come with a seemingly endless list of options and features to consider. But if there’s one characteristic that most car shoppers rank as high as price, performance and style—it’s fuel efficiency. Much like car shoppers compare miles-per-gallon (mpg) estimates, an increasing number of…

Sponsor spotlight: Maintenance tips for first-time homeowners

As a first-time homeowner, you now have a place to call your own. Routine home maintenance will help you enjoy your new home for years to come. Maintaining your home not only helps ensure your home is working at an optimal level but helps to identify or fix problems before they become a larger issue….

Sponsor spotlight: When one door closes, another opens.

The art of moving forward lies in understanding what to leave behind. Nicola Davies of Create Next Steps, LLC has been coaching in Edmonds for the past five years. She offers leadership coaching to help individuals, businesses and nonprofits navigate personal and professional transitions. Nicola also leads creative expression workshops using the healing power of…

Sponsor spotlight: Remodeling projects that add value to your home

Remodeling your home has many benefits. A home improvement can modernize your living space, enhance your comfort level, and add to the resell value of your home. However, not all remodeling projects are equal when generating the greatest resell value for homeowners. Zonda, a housing market research firm, recently released their annual Cost vs. Value Report,…

Sponsor spotlight: Keep unwanted summer guests away

Social distancing this summer may be a barrier for having visitors at your home. There are some guests, however, that you should never allow into your home — pests such as ants, roaches, rats and termites. Not only are pest infestations a nuisance, its critical to protect your family from disease due to food contamination…

Sponsor spotlight: Midsummer home maintenance checklist

After the dust settles from your latest barbecue or home gathering, you may have noticed that your home has begun to show the signs of an active summer – both inside and out. Take the time now to do a few maintenance tasks to keep your home humming through the rest of the summer. Keep…

Sponsor spotlight: That fixer-upper could be your dream home

Boost your buying power with a HomeStyle Renovation Loan In today’s tight real estate market, limited inventory means finding the ideal home for your budget can be tough. But what if you could create the home you want? If you find a house in a location you love, updating an outdated interior or creating a…

Sponsor spotlight: Irons Brothers receives excellence award for outdoor living remodel

From kitchens and bathrooms to decks and entire homes, the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) celebrated the best in remodeling at the 2022 Excellence in Remodeling Awards June 6. A highlight of the association’s summer board meeting, the awards recognized the top remodelers across 25 different categories. Winners faced fierce competition, with 57 entries vying…

Sponsor spotlight: Protect the air quality in your home

The ongoing pandemic has put a renewed focus on the air we breathe. If you are spending more time at home this year, keeping the air in your living space as fresh and as free of pollutants is critical. Common indoor pollutants are from sources that release gases or particles into the air such as…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for July 2022

It’s finally starting to feel like summer now that it’s July.  How is your garden growing? Now is the last chance to get in short season (50 days or less) summer crops like some cucumbers, bush beans, and even some squash.  We are just transplanting squash at the BOG, but expect them to grow like…

Sponsor spotlight: Homeownership benefits our community

After years of decline, homeownership is gaining momentum across the country. According to the latest data from the Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey the U.S. homeownership rate is 65%. Homeownership endures as the foundation of the American dream, and that’s why the home building industry is celebrating National Homeownership Month in June. Home ownership builds…

 Sponsor spotlight: How to create a healthier home  

We’ve all spent more time in our homes in the last two years than we likely ever expected to spend indoors. As such, you may have started to add some items to your to-do list around the house based on some of the conditions or elements that may be impacting your comfort and well-being. Enlisting…

Sponsor spotlight: Home remodeling boom continues post-pandemic  

With increased home values, a growing number of homeowners are flush with home equity and are eager to reinvest in home improvements. COVID-19 sparked a demand for remodeling projects (e.g., home offices, gyms and outdoor living spaces) and those trends have continued even as the pandemic subsides. “Extended time at home meant home owners focused…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for June 2022

Did you see that we only had five hours above 70 degrees this year before June? My garden believes it. What a wet, cool spring we had in 2022. I for one am ready for summer! Most garden veggies can be planted now without extra protection. Basil, cucumbers and both summer and winter squash can…

Sponsor spotlight: Irons Brothers among top customer service leaders in residential construction industry

Irons Brothers Construction recently received a 2022 Guildmaster Award from GuildQuality for demonstrating exceptional customer service within the residential construction industry. Since 2005, GuildQuality, a third-party customer satisfaction surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize and celebrate home building, remodeling and contracting professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service within the U.S….

Snohomish County seeking applicants for Board of Equalization

Applications are being accepted to fill a vacancy on the Snohomish County Board of Equalization. The board is an independent body organized to hear appeals of assessments made by the county assessor and is comprised of five citizen members appointed by the Snohomish County Council, after recommendation by the county executive. The board provides an…

Sponsor spotlight: Irons Brothers Construction builds wheelchair ramp for woman in need

Irons Brothers Construction President Joseph Irons and his team of employees and skilled volunteers this weekend are building their 16th free wheelchair access ramp, part of the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) philanthropic Rampathon program, now in its 29th year. This year’s ramp recipient, Laurel, has contracted a rare disease that has…

Sponsor spotlight: Giving new life to historic home in Seattle’s Greenlake neighborhood

This 1914 Greenlake residence was fully remodeled and repurposed, giving new life to the historic home. The homeowner’s plans emphasized maintaining the architectural character, while updating the entire structure to meet their family’s modern-day needs. Aesthetics were important to the lady of the house, who was active in the selections of millwork, finishes, and colors….

Sponsor spotlight: Top five questions to ask when hiring a remodeler

A home remodel can add value and comfort to your home. Once you’ve committed to modernizing your home, the first step is to find a professional remodeler. Online listings can seem endless. How do you know which expert will be able to provide exceptional service and quality craftsmanship? Some projects take considerable time and money…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT gardening tips for May 2022

It’s planting season and vegetable and flower starts are showing up everywhere for purchase, from nurseries and hardware stores, to grocery stores and farm stands, and the increasingly popular pop-up plant sales put on by garden clubs and master gardeners. Store-bought starts are often sown thicker than should be transplanted (I’m looking at you, basil)….

Sponsor spotlight: Color trends for your home in 2022

Spring is a great time for fresh ideas and colors. It can also be a great time to give your home a quick refresh as well. And one of the easiest ways to rejuvenate your home is with a fresh coat of paint. New home design trends in recent years have emphasized wellness to match…