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Tips for home selling: 15 ways to add curb appeal

  • Written by Ashley Farrington & Michelle Blue|Windermere Woodinville

If you’re selling your home and want to draw buyers inside, make sure they’re excited about what they can see on the outside. Here are 15 things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal:

1. Buy a new mailbox if it is in front of your home.

2. Repair any cracks or holes in the driveway, and clean oil spots with a degreaser and steel brush.

3. Trim bushes and branches so that they don’t block windows or architectural details and your home can be seen from the street/driveway.

4. Mow your lawn and turning the sprinklers on for 30 minutes before open houses will make your yard sparkle. If needed, start sprinkling a month in advance of listing so your yard is green.

5. Edge the grass around walkways and trees.

6. Weed and crisp up the landscaping with fresh bark/mulch.

7. Upgrade your outdoor lighting—especially at the front door.

8. Sweep your sidewalk and porch (and back decks if applicable) so your entrance is safe and welcoming.

9. Polish or replace your house numbers.

10. Clean your windows inside and out and remove screens (unless it’s summer).

11. Turn on lights and open blinds and drapes on dreary days and evening times so your whole home twinkles. Consider removing drapes if your home feels brighter without them.

12. Add seasonal color by placing a pot of bright flowers (or a small tree in the winter) on your front porch or walkway.

13. Add a new Welcome Matt at your front door.

14. Provide a chair or bench for people to sit on as they remove their shoes to enter your home.

15. Make your front door pops by ensuring that it is clean, well painted (popular color) and has a new matching lock and knob.

If you would like complimentary advice on increasing the curb appeal of your specific home let us know and we are happy to stop by. This Guest Colum provided by The Blue Team—Working Twice As Hard for You! www.BlueRealEstateTeam.com

Community Calendar

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

WOODINVILLE

BUILDING 

RELATIONSHIPS BREAKFAST

Fairwinds Brittany Park

17143 133rd Ave. N.E.

Sat., Feb. 13, 7:30–9 a.m. For the last 20 years, Ryan Brown of Adavanza has been working with local businesses all over the globe researching how smaller local businesses advertise in comparison to larger global businesses. The Rules of Thumb for Marketing help remove the mysteries of successful marketing and teaches the audience how they can harness the same powers that larger companies do, but at a local scale. 

CITY COUNCIL 

MEETING

City Hall Chambers

17301 133rd Ave. N.E

Tues., Feb. 18, 7–10 p.m.

PLANNING 

COMMISSION 

MEETING

City Hall Chambers

17301 133rd Ave. N.E.

Wed., Feb. 19, 7–9 p.m.

FEBRUARY BUSINESS LUNCHEON

MoltenWorks

12810 N.E. 178th S., Ste. 103

Thurs., Feb. 20, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. This luncheon will feature presentations from key stakeholders in Downtown Woodinville. This is a remarkable opportunity to see and hear about the future of Woodinville’s downtown core. We welcome you to attend! Please register early to ensure a seat at the event.

Art Walk

Hollywood Hill District and The Junction

Fri., March 6, 5–8 p.m. Visit our talented, exhibiting artists at wineries in The Hollywood Hill District and The Junction. They will also be at Hopheads and Rte 522 Taprooms. Be sure to stop by our newest location, Bobae Tea & Coffee. The event is free and family-friendly.

BUILDING 

RELATIONSHIPS BREAKFAST

Fairwinds Brittany Park

17143 133rd Ave. N.E.

Thurs., March 12, 7:30–9 a.m. This breakfast will feature Jaya Ramesh, of Catalyst Counseling who will be presenting on the topic of   Workplace Stress: Identifying Burnout. We live in a competitive global market and businesses face a lot of pressure to produce. Healthy teammates and healthy work culture is imperative to long term sustainability. Mental health therapist Jaya Ramesh discusses the impact of burnout on the mental health of the workforce. This presentation will help you to understand burnout, the factors in the workplace that contribute, recognize the signs and symptoms and ways you as an employer can prevent and reduce the impact on your company culture.

BOTHELL

DOWNTOWN 

COMMITTEE MEETING

Omni Bothell

10123 Main Place

Thurs., Feb. 13, 9–10 a.m. Do you have a business or work in the downtown Bothell area? Are you interested in friendly and beneficial collaborations and discussions in support of other downtown Bothell businesses? If yes, we’d love to have you attend the Chamber’s monthly Bothell Downtown Committee meetings!

CHAMBER 

ORIENTATION 

Riverside East

10315 E. Riverside Drive

Thurs., Feb. 13, 1–2 p.m. Are you thinking about joining the Chamber? Or are you a new member or a new employee of an existing member?  Join us in a casual environment to learn about the opportunities available to you as a Chamber member including marketing and advertising, professional networking, community connections, and more. You will be able to ask questions, learn about others’ businesses, and enjoy a delicious lunch.

AMBASSADORS 

COMMITTEE

Northshore Senior Center

10120 Eastside Drive

Thurs., Feb. 20, 9–10 a.m. Our Chamber Ambassadors are highly valued members that serve as positive representatives of the Chamber. They promote our organization and the benefits of membership and assist members in optimizing their member benefits.

CHAMBER MEETING

Northshore Senior Center

10120 Eastside Drive

Thurs., Feb. 27, 7:30-9 a.m. Professionals and business owners are invited to our General Meetings to discover new connections and collaboration opportunities with 70-100 other people. The topic of the meeting is the Interactive Business-Building Table Discussions. Attendees at our General Meetings will benefit from open networking, which results in new and stronger connections, focused table discussions or a beneficial presentation, meeting new members and learning about their businesses, and hearing from city officials from Kenmore and Bothell who provide updates on issues affecting local businesses. Members are encouraged to attend and bring their marketing brochures for the Member Information Table.

KENMORE

STATE OF THE CITY
LUNCHEON

Inglewood Golf Club

6505 Inglewood Road N.E.

Wed., March 11, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Join us at the 2020 State of the City of Kenmore Luncheon to hear Kenmore City Manager Rob Karlinsey deliver the address. We will be looking back at recent accomplishments as well as what’s ahead in 2020. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. The price of admission includes a delicious lunch from Inglewood Golf Club, taxes, gratuities, and parking. We look forward to seeing you there for this great event!

Community Calendar

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
A new strength and yoga studio has just opened in the Beardslee area of Bothell. On Saturday, Feb. 1, Cut + Flow Studio, 19122 Beardslee Blvd., Suite 101, opened its doors with a Grand Opening Party, welcoming guests with tours, refreshments, door prizes and more. The Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon- Cutting Ceremony to mark the occasion.

 

WOODINVILLE

NETWORKIN’ NITE

20 Corners Brewing

14148 N.E. 190th St., Ste. A

Thurs, Feb 6, 5:30-7 p.m. This is a fantastic event if you’re looking for casual networking with Chamber members and guests. This is a no-host event; guests are on-own for purchases.

CITY COUNCIL 

MEETING

City Hall Chambers

17301 133rd Ave. N.E

Tues., Feb. 11, 7–10 p.m.

BUILDING 

RELATIONSHIPS BREAKFAST

Fairwinds Brittany Park

17143 133rd Ave. N.E.

Sat., Feb. 13, 7:30–9 a.m. For the last 20 years, Ryan Brown of Adavanza has been working with local businesses all over the globe researching how smaller local businesses advertise in comparison to larger global businesses. The Rules of Thumb for Marketing help remove the mysteries of successful marketing and teaches the audience how they can harness the same powers that larger companies do, but at a local scale. 

CITY COUNCIL 

MEETING

City Hall Chambers

17301 133rd Ave. N.E

Tues., Feb. 18, 7–10 p.m.

PLANNING 

COMMISSION 

MEETING

City Hall Chambers

17301 133rd Ave. N.E.

Wed., Feb. 19, 7–9 p.m.

FEBRUARY BUSINESS LUNCHEON

MoltenWorks

12810 N.E. 178th S., Ste. 103

Thurs., Feb. 20, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. This luncheon will feature presentations from key stakeholders in Downtown Woodinville. This is a remarkable opportunity to see and hear about the future of Woodinville’s downtown core. We welcome you to attend! Please register early to ensure a seat at the event.

BOTHELL

DOWNTOWN 

COMMITTEE MEETING

Omni Bothell

10123 Main Place

Thurs., Feb. 13, 9–10 a.m. Do you have a business or work in the downtown Bothell area? Are you interested in friendly and beneficial collaborations and discussions in support of other downtown Bothell businesses? If yes, we’d love to have you attend the Chamber’s monthly Bothell Downtown Committee meetings!

CHAMBER 

ORIENTATION 

Riverside East

10315 E. Riverside Drive

Thurs., Feb. 13, 1–2 p.m. Are you thinking about joining the Chamber? Or are you a new member or a new employee of an existing member?  Join us in a casual environment to learn about the opportunities available to you as a Chamber member including marketing and advertising, professional networking, community connections, and more. You will be able to ask questions, learn about others’ businesses, and enjoy a delicious lunch.

AMBASSADORS 

COMMITTEE

Northshore Senior Center

10120 Eastside Drive

Thurs., Feb. 20, 9–10 a.m. Our Chamber Ambassadors are highly valued members that serve as positive representatives of the Chamber. They promote our organization and the benefits of membership, and assist members in optimizing their member benefits.

Bear Creek School summer camps open to all ages

  • Written by Sini Fernandez|Communications Manager
A future fashion designer? Bear Creek School summer camps offer kids a variety of life-skills-based education opportunities.

 

REDMOND—The Bear Creek School is once again offering an amazing array of summer camps, all open to the general public. Registration opened Feb. 3 and will close when each camp is full. 

Bear Creek offers four unique categories of camps: Sports and Athletics, Science and Technology, Arts and Crafts, and Academic and Life Skills. Full-week camps with half-day and full-day options begin June 15 and run through July 31. 

Bear Creek offers a large number and variety of camps here on the Eastside—there are nearly 30 camps to choose from, so there is something for everyone. All ages are welcome. Students entering preschool through high school are invited to sign up. 

Experienced, qualified, and inspiring teachers and coaches who are passionate about what they do and love working with students teach all Bear Creek camps. 

Most of our camps are held at our Redmond Campus on Union Hill, a truly fabulous venue offering top-notch athletics, arts, and classroom facilities. For the fifth year, Bear Creek is partnering with KidsQuest Children’s Museum offering a range of fun, hands-on STEAM camps for younger children at our Valley Campus near Perrigo Park including Kooky Concoctions, Nuts About Nature, Engineering Adventures, and Fun with Forces.

Bear Creek Summer Camp’s goal is to provide an exceptional, experiential education in a fun and nurturing environment that will enable students to discover and pursue their passions. Your child will have a blast.

For more information about or to enroll in Bear Creek Summer Camp go online to www.tbcs.org/summer. All campers who sign up by June 1 will receive a free Bear Creek Summer Camp T-shirt. Ryan Byram, Summer Camp Director, may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (425) 898-1720 ext. 340.

Local students receive collegiate academic honors across the nation

EASTERN WASHINGTON

The following local students made the EWU Dean’s List for the 2019 fall quarter. An undergraduate student who earns 12 quality hours (QHRS) and receives a GPA of 3.5 or better is placed on the list.

• Woodinville 

Jacob Andrews, Jordan Driscoll, Sephtis Hargrove, Jenna Ricker, Devin Smith

• Bothell

Savannah Barr, Sophie Bowles, Bailey Hansen, Joseph Hernandez, Andrei Leonardi, Austin Macdonald, Alyssa Nienaber, Christopher O’Neal

• Duvall

Hailey Burke, Preston Marcell, Claire Nelson, Jackson Newland, Adeline Playstead, Casey Spurr

• Kenmore

Alejandra Abalos-Gudino, Michaela Galloupe, Elissa Kouldukis, Lucas McCune, Karina Nelson, Niko Niedo, Katelyn See, Rebecca Anne Vinson, Danielle Walker

SPOKANE FALLS
COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Susan Hight and Morgan Mead of Bothell and Brooke Bowen of Kenmore were among 1,934 students to make the Spokane Falls Community College Honor Roll on its honor roll for fall quarter, which ended in December. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above to be listed on the honor roll.

WHITMAN COLLEGE

Sarah Davidson, Linnea Nygren, Mallory Pare, Myan Sudharsanan and Joshua Tang earned academic distinction for the most recent semester at Whitman College. This recognition is given to students who have completed a minimum of 12 credits, passed all credits attempted, and have earned a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on no fewer than nine graded credits during the semester.

CHAPLIN COLLEGE

Amber Halvorsen of Bothell has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the fall 2019 semester. Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Devyn Marie Young of Woodinville has been named to the President’s List at Clemson University. Young, whose major is Elementary Education, made the President’s List for the fall 2019 semester. To be named to the President’s List, a student must achieve a 4.0 grade-point average.

COLBY COLLEGE

Hongyi Ji of Bothell was recently named to the highly selective Dean’s List at Colby College for outstanding academic achievement during the fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year. Ji is one of 566 Colby students to make Dean’s List with an average 3.75 GPA.

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF
TECHNOLOGY

Carlos Abreu Takemura and Pooja Wadhwa of Bothell were amongst 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students to receive degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Takemura and Wadhwa earned a Master of Science in Computer Science degree. 

GROVE CITY COLLEGE

Bothell’s Sionna Spear, a junior Biblical and Religious Studies major at Grove City College, has been named to the Dean’s List with High Distinction for the fall 2019 semester. Students eligible for the Dean’s List have a GPA of 3.40 to 3.59, for the Dean’s List with Distinction a GPA of 3.60 to 3.84 and for the Dean’s List with High Distinction a GPA of 3.85 to 4.0.

KNOX COLLEGE

Alyx Farris of Bothell has been named to the Knox College Dean’s List of distinguished students for the 2019 fall term. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have earned at least 2.5 credits in the term, with a grade point average of 3.6 or better (on a 4.0 scale). A graduate of Family Church Academy high school, Farris is majoring at Knox in Art History. 

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Abigale Purvis of Woodinville was recently named to the University’s Dean’s List for the fall semester, which ended in December 2019. Purvis is majoring in International Business. To achieve the dean’s list distinction, students must carry a full program of at least four courses, have a quality point average of 3.5 or greater out of a possible 4.0 and carry no single grade lower than a C- during the course of their college career.