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5 Fireplace Safety Tips for a Happy Holiday 

Fireplace Home Safety Tips

The holidays are coming to Washington and with it comes thoughts of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Many homes in Kent, WA have a lovely fireplace that add a special glow this time of the year. If you have a fireplace in your home, you need to know how to use that fireplace safely to prevent a tragedy from happening. Here are some home safety tips for your fireplace. Use these tips from our team at to keep your home fires burning safely this winter season.

  1. Keep It Clean
    Have your fireplace professionally cleaned at least once per year to avoid many of the fire threats common with a fireplace. The chimney sweep will get into the fireplace and chimney to remove soot, creosote and glaze caused by fires. Of these three--creosote is the most dangerous. These deposits, left by wood that doesn't burn completely, will build up in the chimney and lead to fire. Creosote is highly flammable and attaches itself to the walls of the chimney waiting for the right conditions for a fire.

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5 Questions Buying a Condo
When make the decision to buy a home, opting for a condo instead of a single-family residence might be the best choice for you. Buying a condo has its advantages; however, there are specific questions you need to ask prior to signing on the dotted line.  Our team at has created this list of questions so you fully understand what owning a condo entails.

1. What do People Think of the Management or Association?

Condos are run by condo associations, and often have a manager or management team. Take some time to understand what this leadership group offers. One way to do this is to get the minutes from the last association meeting. This will show what the concerns current owners might have and how these issues were addressed. You can also ask to meet the manager for a face-to-face meeting.

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Bigger Isn't Always Better When it Comes to Your House

Downsize Your Home

While most people focus on upgrading their home over the years, in many situations, it actually makes sense to sell a house that is bigger than you really need and move into a smaller home. Here are 6 signs that it might be time for you to downsize.

1. You are Retired – or are Planning to be Soon
Retirement is one of the most common reasons that people start thinking about downsizing their homes. Selling a house for one that is smaller and cheaper is a great way to reduce annual expenses and make the most out of your retirement savings. Downsizing can help reduce your mortgage, property tax, and insurance costs – and these savings can add up fast!

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