Click With Confidence: Three Tips To Protect Your Privacy When Shopping Online

Bellevue Real Estate If the growing online shopping statistics from the past few years have been any indication, buyers will again be flocking to online retailers this holiday season – perhaps in larger numbers than ever before.

However, as people become increasingly savvier as Web shoppers, awareness and concerns about online privacy and safety have also grown. As many as 91 percent of consumers say that they’re concerned about privacy when shopping online. Frequent news stories about consumer information being sold or mishandled have helped contribute to an atmosphere of mistrust, and more than half of consumers say they don’t trust businesses with their personal information.

For those who love the convenience and choice that come along with online shopping, there are a few ways to ensure that your information is kept safe and private.

1. Read Privacy Policies. You’ve probably seen them countless times, but how often have you actually read a privacy policy? If you’ve shopped without reading, you’re certainly not alone. While 97 percent of websites have a privacy policy, those documents average nearly 2,500 words – which is almost twice as long as the Declaration of Independence. It would take the average person at least 10 minutes to read that, and not too many online shoppers want to spend that much time. However, reading the privacy policy will give you the details about what a site is doing to keep your information safe. [Read more…]



Winterize Your Home In A Weekend

Preparing For Jack Frost’s Arrival Can Send A Shiver Down Any Homeowner’s Spine.

Bellevue Real Estate A long to-do list for getting your home ready can feel overwhelming, leaving you wondering where you’ll find the time and resources. But, with some optimism, easy tips and access to a few rental tools, you can winterize your home in just one weekend, leaving plenty of time to enjoy autumn’s splendor.

Prepare Your Lawn And Landscaping

Cold temperatures cause grass and other plants in your landscape to go dormant. Spend a few hours preparing your lawn for beautiful greenery next year.

Start by aerating. Renting an aerator is a cost-effective and efficient way to reduce thatch and provide extra space in the soil for water and oxygen to reach the roots. Find a local American Rental Association (ARA) member store near you by visiting RentalHQ.com. After aerating, spread a quality winter fertilizer to give your grass the nutrients it needs to grow strong. If you live in an area with harsh winters, remember to cover roses and delicate perennials so that they are protected. [Read more…]



Protect What Matters This Holiday Season

Bellevue Real Estate The winter holiday season is here, which means we can look forward to a lot of decorating, parties and possibly some travel during the next few months.

But with all the hustle and bustle of shopping and celebrating, it’s important not to lose sight of what matters most: the safety of your family and home.

From now until New Year’s, you’ll be expecting guests more frequently and your house will be filled with beautiful, but highly flammable, decorations. These range from the candles on your dining room table to the tree in your living room to the paper decorations on your walls. All of these items can contribute to potentially unsafe conditions in your home.

To Keep Your Family And House Safe And Still Enjoy All The Festivities, Keep In Mind These Simple Precautions:

1. Always Make Sure Burning Candles Are Never Left Unattended . (Blow them out if you leave the room) and are placed at least 12 inches away from flammable objects. Candleholders should be sturdy and placed on a stable, uncluttered surface. [Read more…]



How To Tackle Household Chores Quickly This Fall

Bellevue Real Estate As Fall Approaches, The Daylight Hours Are Dwindling, Kids Are Headed Back To School, And The Lazy Days Of Summer Will Soon Be LongForgotten.

As you establish new routines, it seems like there are 10 additional tasks to handle each day, and cleaning, while one of the most important things on your to-do list, often falls to the bottom due to lack of time.

In fact, a recent CLR Brands survey revealed that on average, women spend 15.5 hours per week cleaning in and around the home while men spend 10 hours per week – a significant amount of time. Ever wondered how to clean more effectively and quickly, to actually find some extra time to spend on your favorite things this fall? [Read more…]



Home Improvement Suggestions For Your Bellevue Real Estate

Bellevue Real Estate As fаr аs home-improvement projects gо, it’s nоt thе scale оf thе changes thаt yоu mаkе.

Instead, thе deciding factor should bе thе impact thаt іs created. Wіth thіs mindset, yоu need nоt spend thousands оf dollars tо mаkе an impression. Thіs handpicked selection оf home-improvement tips аnd tricks іs suitable fоr аll types оf projects. [Read more…]



How to protect your greatest asset – your home – from subterranean termites

Bellevue Real Estate When it comes to protecting your home’s value, you have no control over some of the factors that influence real estate values, like nearby retail development or the job market in your area.

You can, however, take control over one major factor in your home’s value, its health and the health of your neighborhood – termites.

Termites cause more than $2 billion in damage every year to homes in the United States, and statistics show that’s likely more damage than what fire, storms or earthquakes cause. [Read more…]