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Headed Towards Foreclosure? Call Cash Me Out!

A foreclosed house with a red foreclosure stamp running along the top of the picture.

Facing foreclosure can be extremely stressful and challenging. Cash Me Out Northwest is a local real estate liquidation company ready to buy your home even if you are facing foreclosure. Cash Me Out Northwest is a local real estate buying company that works with clients on no-hassle, stress-free property liquidation. They want to help you unload residential properties that have become a financial burden. You don’t have to pay any fix-up costs or fees; they cash you out in as little as 5 business days. If you don’t know, the Puyallup real estate market is hot right now if you’re buying or selling.

You may have run into the issue of foreclosure for a number of reasons. If you are behind on payments because of a lost a job, unforeseen expenses, mortgage terms have stretched you too thin, whatever the case is, Cash Me Out Northwest wants to step in and help. Look at the statistics below to see foreclosure trends in Washington state in 2016. Cash Me Out Northwest buys houses in Pierce, Thurston, Mason, King, and Kitsap County. The counties with the highest percentages of foreclosures below are Pierce, Thurston, and Mason. 

(http://www.realtytrac.com/statsandtrends/foreclosuretrends/wa)

Cash Me Out Northwest has the real estate knowledge, legal resources, and funds available to solve most real estate problems to buy your house for cash from you in one easy transaction. Their team of professional home-buyers have worked with clients for over ten years. They follow a three-step process to determine how to help you best.

  1. Plan on a 20-minute phone call where we take the time to learn everything we can about you and your house.
  2. We visit the home and do a walkthrough of both the inside and outside to get a better idea of the value of the property.
  3. Based on the evaluation, we make a cash offer within 24 hours. No hassles and no haggling. Our first offer is our best and final offer. There are no hidden fees or costs. Our offer is the amount you will net from the sale. Based on the offer, you can decide if it works for you.

If your home or property is being foreclosed on, give Cash Me Out Northwest a call to see if they can help you!

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The Best Tips for Selling your Home in Puyallup

homes for sale in puyallup

After the deep freeze we have been experiencing in the Northwest, it is nice to see some sunshine in the forecast. Since the sun is starting to come out, it is time to start getting your home ready for the market if you are planning to sell this spring. The market is crazy right now and on average, a home gets at least 3 offers within 24 hours of being listed but that is only if the home is in market ready condition. If you have ever wanted to sell your home, now is the time. It can be quite pricey to hire companies to stage the home or update it to get it market ready. However, there are simple and budget-friendly ways to update the home and then stage it for potential buyers. These inexpensive tips and tricks can be the difference between your house sitting on the market for 7 days or 70 days.

A major selling point to potential buyers is an updated kitchen. When updating the house, always put the kitchen first. Many agents say that you aren’t selling the home, you are selling the kitchen. The kitchen is the focal point of the whole home and the benefits of remodeling your kitchen can make the difference of about $10,000 in the listing price. An outdated kitchen can turn off potential buyers and a few simple fixes can include repainting the kitchen in a neutral color and adding inexpensive hardware. There cabinet repainting kits that can help you give your kitchen cabinets a new, fresh look. Giving your kitchen a neutral makeover can help the potential buyers envision their own style in the kitchen.

Minor repairs can also make a huge difference when it comes to attracting a buyer. Small details can turn buyers off because all they can think about it how that is just another thing that they will have to fix themselves after the exhaustive process of moving. Also, making minor repairs is a lot cheaper than a major overhaul and sometimes if you dump a lot of money into high-cost upgrades, chances are you will not get a good return on your investment. Paint the interior with neutral colors like eggshell and taupe to help create a backdrop that inspires the imagination of the buyers. Replace door handles, clean the grout in the bathroom, and fix any cracked tiles or leaky faucets. These small upgrades will help get your home market ready quickly and cheaply.

Once the upgrades have been completed, it is time to prep the home for staging. The first step in prepping is to completely let go of the idea that this is your home. This act of disassociation will help to get you into the selling mindset. Picture yourself handing over the keys to the new owners and make the mental decision that you will be moving into a new home. Say good-bye to the house and the great memories that were created there. Always remember to look towards to the future and not the past.

Once the kitchen has been updated and the minor changes have been made, it is time to get the home prepared for staging. The biggest aspect of getting your home ready for the sale, is to de-personalize the home. Carefully pack up all those personal photographs and family heirlooms. You want the potential buyers to envision their own personalized touches in the house to help them see themselves living there. Also, de-cluttering the home will also help create a clean slate for the buyer’s imagination. People end up accumulating a lot of stuff over the years and their homes and become full of excess things. De-cluttering will not only help make your move easier but will also help create that clean slate discussed above. The best way to approach the de-cluttering process, the KonMari method is the most comprehensive method of letting go of your stuff and getting organized. The KonMari method to tidying up revolves around the concept of purging those items that do not bring you joy. This no-excuse elimination process will help get your home ready for the market. If there are items that you absolutely must keep, then rent a storage unit to store the extra items that you wish to keep for your new home.

Once all the clutter and the personal items are gone, it is time to clean your home until it sparkles. When an agent starts bringing buyers into the house, those buyers go through everything. They will open the fridge and pull back the shower curtain. An unsightly home can turn off potential buyers so make sure to wash the windows, re-caulk tubs, shower and sinks, wax the floors, polish any chrome or stainless steel surfaces and dust everywhere. Also, we end up getting used to certain smells in our house but that doesn’t mean that the general public will enjoy those smells. Banish those smells with a neutral smelling air deodorizer. A clean home is easier to sell and will cut the time it sits on the market in half.

After these changes have been made, it is time to list the home. Working with a listing agent that you trust is key to making sure that your home sells quickly and efficiently. If you need to stage the home, make sure to keep it simple. Once again, the goal is to give the home a neutral tone to help the buyers envision their stuff inside the home. These simple yet effective tips will help you to sell your home quickly. If you are looking for an agent, make sure to contact us!

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Puyallup Events (Jan 23-29)

It’s a new week in Puyallup. Check out the different events happening in the community! 

Sportsmen’s Show

It’s where the great outdoors comes indoors! Western Washington’s only Sportsmen’s Show features over 150 hours of free “how to” seminars, the one-of-a-kind indoor “Steelhead River,” camp cooking demonstrations, the Kid’s Free Trout Pond, the “Head & Horns” competition and much more. This event is family-friendly and also good for those who want to be a bit more adventurous in nature. It’s the perfect time to begin planning outdoor adventures with professional guides, outfitters and other resources to assist in making fishing, hunting and wildlife-watching trips a reality. We live in an amazing area of the world where the great outdoors is very accessible. Areas of interest include hunting, fishing, camping, guides and outfitters, resorts & lodges from western US, Canada & internationally, boats, RVs, 4×4’s, wildlife art, pack equipment, hunting dogs, 3D archery, horse and mule packing, and casting pools. If you love the outdoors, this event is not to be missed! The event begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday evening!

Hours: Wed – Fri, 12pm – 8pm; Sat, 10am – 8pm; Sun, 10am – 4pm
Location: Sleep Train ShowPlex – Enter at Blue Gate
Website: http://www.thesportshows.com

Feed My Starving Children- Mobile Pack

FMSC is a global Christian hunger charity that donates nutritious, dehydrated MannaPack meals to missions running orphanages, schools, clinics, and feeding programs in nearly 70 countries. MobilePack program connects volunteers from across the United States to children across the world. We invite you to participate in these events by packing food or donating funds. This is a great way to give back and help those less fortunate.
Hours: January 27 at 12:00 pm to January 28 at 6:00 pm
Location: AgriPlex – Enter at Green Gate

Website: https://give.fmsc.org/puyallup/events/1701-246me-puyallup-wa-greg-cyndi-helle-mobilepack/e98262

Puyallup Public Library

Check out the calendar of Puyallup library events. This week the library is hosting:

24 -Tuesday
25 – Wednesday
26- Thursday
27- Friday
28- Saturday

High School Winter Sports

With the cold winter months in full swing, indoor winter sports are a great way for students to stay active and busy. Check out the different schools and teams and go out and support a student you know in the community. You can find the different sports, teams, and times here on the SPSL (South Puget Sound League) website.

Pinot’s Palette 

Painting and wine in one relaxing evening. Spend an evening at Pinot’s Palette in the Sunrise Village located on South Hill. Pick your evening here!

South Hill Mall 

Brawl at the Mall

Friday, January 27th 7 pm

Come out and support Rogers High School Rams Wrestling Team as they compete against Kentridge High School. Bring your canned food to help the Puyallup Food Bank restock after the holidays.

 

Cascade Regional Blood Drive 

Saturday, January 28th, 10am-2pm

Donate Blood on the Cascade Regional Bus located near Applebee’s!

Weather update

Have you enjoyed the warmer weather or do you miss the cold temperature and clear sky? With the temperature rise, it’s time to get back outside again! Check out local parks and trails to stay active in the winter!

That’s all for Puyallup this week! Follow us on Twitter or Follow us on Instagram @puyallupwashington. Check in next week for what’s happening in Puyallup! Make it a terrific week.

 

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Buying Ugly Houses in Puyallup – by Cash Me Out

Cash Me Out Northwest in Puyallup buys your ugly house

Cash Me Out Northwest is a local real estate buying company in Puyallup that works with clients on no-hassle, stress-free property liquidation. If you need to sell a property, we want to talk with you. Our team of professional home-buyers have worked with clients for over ten years to make the process of selling their unsellable or ugly houses quick and easy. We understand the trends of the real estate market in the Puget Sound and buy houses in Pierce, King, Thurston, Kitsap, and Mason County.

People who are looking to sell their ugly homes are looking to maximize their home value. However, sometimes it is hard to put the extra cash into minor or major renovations to get your home market ready. At Cash Me Out NW, we take the property as-is and pay you top dollar for what it is worth. We don’t use Puyallup real estate agents, so you don’t have to worry about paying commission for their services. We focus on maximizing your profit by cutting out the middleman.

An article from the Tacoma News Tribune said, “It should come as no surprise that home prices are rising far faster than incomes in the Puget Sound area, meaning homes are becoming less affordable. In Pierce County, that trend is especially marked.” According to Zillow, “The median home value in Puyallup is $290,700. Puyallup home values have gone up 11.5% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 5.2% within the next year. The median list price per square foot in Puyallup is $158, which is lower than the Seattle Metro average of $214. The median price of homes currently listed in Puyallup is $279,000.” The high value of homes right now is beneficial to the seller. Cash Me Out NW wants to be your buyer. With the current market conditions, now is an ideal time to sell a property so you can maximize your value.

There are many reasons that you might need to sell a house quickly. We want to have a conversation with you, understand your situation, and give you a cash offer on your house. Here a just a few reasons to use our services:

• Unfair mortgage terms have you headed towards foreclosure
• Inherited a house you can’t afford to keep
• A military transfer has forced your family to move quickly
• Job loss causing you to fall behind on payments
• Tenants causing trouble and you don’t want to be a landlord anymore
• Property has liens or judgments
• Your ugly house needs extensive renovation and you can’t afford the repairs
• Divorce has you in need of quick cash to pay attorney’s fees
• Job loss causing you fall behind on payments
• Your listing has expired and the house has sat on the market for too long

If you think your property is unsellable, Cash Me Out Northwest wants to assure you that it is not. We have the real estate knowledge, legal resources, and funds available to solve most real estate problems to buy your house for cash from you in one easy transaction. The bottom line is; we are interested in having a conversation with you regardless of the conditions or circumstances surrounding your property. We have a three step process to get you keys for cash. First, we have a 20-minute phone interview. This is an opportunity for you to ask us any questions and for us to get a better understanding of your situation. Second, we visit the home and do a walkthrough of both the inside and outside to get a better idea of the value of the property. Don’t be concerned about the condition of the home. Cash Me Out Northwest will buy the house regardless of condition. We will also leave you with a professional Market Analysis so you can know how we come up with a sales price. This will also be a useful tool if you decide not to sell with us and use a traditional real estate agent. Third, based on the evaluation, we make a cash offer within 24 hours. No hassles and no haggling.

*Our first offer is our best and final offer. There are no hidden fees or costs. Our offer is the amount you will net from the sale. Based on the offer, you can decide if it works for you.

If you like the offer, they can pay cash for your house as quickly as 3 business days later. Keys for cash, no hassle. Call them at 206.202.9682 or fill out the “start the conversation” form on their home page www.cashmeout.com.

Cash Me Out Northwest in Puyallup buys your ugly house

Puyallup, Real Estate

Tips for Picking a Real Estate Agent

Puyallup Real Estate Agent

For anyone looking to buy a home, the market is super hot right now! The real estate market is starting to heat up and get competitive and if you are looking to buy or sell, the right agent can make a difference between you finding your dream home or missing out. Building a good relationship with an agent is a key component to the buying and selling process. But what is the best way to go about building that relationship and that trust? How do you find the right agent for you and your needs? There are certain steps you can take in order to find the perfect agent to help you on this real estate journey.

The first step when hiring an agent is getting feedback and recommendations from previous clients or from friends and family. This can really help boost the trust between you and an agent. The best way to find these clients is to ask the agent to provide a list of homes that they have sold and listed in the past year with contact information for the buyers and sellers. Ask the permission of the agent to contact past clients and ask the agent if there is anyone that he or she thinks would give a positive review or a negative review. Get the agent’s reasons for why they worked well with certain clients and not well with others. When speaking with previous clients, ask them what they liked about the agent and what they didn’t. Make sure to find out what the listing price was of the home they purchased and what the sale price was after the transaction was completed. From the list of homes that have been sold and listed, you can determine the overall success rate of the agent as well.

Another crucial preliminary step when looking for an agent is to make sure to find one who understands where you are in life. A couple with a baby on the way has different needs than a single individual. For example, with a couple that has a baby on the way, it makes sense to work with an agent that maybe has children and understands what to look for when it comes to a new home and a neighborhood. Understanding a purchase timeline helps as well. Your agent should know when you’re moving to the area. Certain aspects of home can make it difficult with a newborn and the new parents won’t understand that until they have an agent that can point out potential issues. Certain layouts are designed to be more family friendly. The needs and wants for an individual can vary but working with an agent that was once in the same position will help highlight what would be the best investment choice for your money.

A background check into the agent can provide key details regarding their credentials. Look up licensing with the state board to see the license of the agent and if there are any disciplinary actions against that agent. Also looking into the credentials of the real estate agent is a good idea to see if they specialize in specific areas of real estate. Look for certain acronyms like CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Representative) and SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist). The CRS credential means an agent has completed additional education in residential real estate, ABR means that the agent has completed training in representing buyers in a transaction and SRES means that they have completed training that is aimed at helping buyers and sellers in the 50 and over age range. There is also a distinction between a relator who refers to themselves as a “Realtor” versus a “realtor”. If they use the term “Realtor” then that means they are member of the National Association of Realtors. Members are required to uphold certain code of ethics and standards when it comes to selling and listing homes.

There are a few crucial questions that you should be asking a potential real estate agent when trying to find one that will be the best fit for you. Two of those key questions is finding out what geographical areas and the types of properties that the agent handles. Certain neighborhoods have certain idiosyncrasies that are important for an agent to know when helping their client to navigate buying or listing a home in that area. For example, certain older cities have homes with historical value and the city might restrict certain additions or updates to that home. Moving out of a city and into the suburbs or vice versus can present their own challenges. People looking to start families have different needs and wants when it comes to a neighborhood and finding an agent that has that particular type of expertise can help you find the home of your dreams.

Another important question to ask the agent is how long they have been in business. In the real estate business, experience is everything. More experienced agents not only understand the ins and outs of the market but they have also had the time to build a valuable network within the real estate community that you could benefit from when buying or selling a home. Some agents are only part time and some are full time. The part time agents usually sell or list properties for friends and family whereas the full time agent have created a business and a career out of buying and selling homes. Make sure to check and see if they are part time or full time and decide which works better for you. Most people find that a full time agent is more motivated and has better connections that a part time agent.

When looking for a real estate agent, it is important to be as thorough as possible with your research. A home is one of the most important investments that an individual can make and the agent is the main facilitator in that transaction. There are plenty of real estate agents operating in the Puyallup area so get recommendations and ask questions to find the person that will best fit your needs. Looking to buy or sell your home in the Puyallup area? Contact an agent using this link: https://www.puyallup.com/real-estate-listings/

Puyallup, Real Estate

Spring Cleaning Made Easy

Spring Cleaning Your Home in Puyallup

As the sun slowly starts to peak out from behind those gray Pacific Northwest clouds, people every where start to feel the need to do a very thorough cleaning of their homes. Spring cleaning is a cathartic way to get organized for spring and summer. While there are some Puyallup residents moving and they need to clean as well. There is nothing more satisfying than clearing the clutter and deep cleaning all aspects of your home. There are actual proven psychological benefits to spring cleaning. Clearing the clutter from your life can make most people more productive and can lead to a sense of happiness. Getting rid of items that you don’t need or use leads to less stress in your life and help to alleviate anxiety. Also donating your gently used or unworn items to a donation center or giving them away to a shelter will also help others in need. Deep cleaning your Puyallup home or will help bring a sense of peace and Zen to you and your surroundings.

The best way to get started is to tackle clutter in your home. Time to get rid of the old, used, and broken to get started on the process. We have all seen hoarders on TV and know that there is a point of no return. So before you get to that point, time to get the clutter out the door. The best place to start is both you and your family’s closets. Dump the trendy items and stick to keeping the classic items. Certain clothing items like a sleek suit, tailored button down shirts, and dark denim are examples of clothing items that will always be in style. For your children, the most obvious answer to get rid of the clothes that they have outgrown. Speaking of children, some people begin to feel swallowed whole by the amount of toys that begin to consume their home. Pack up those used and outgrown toys and donate them to a shelter or a hospital. Save the toys that you feel hold some nostalgic value for your child but get rid of the toys that just aren’t being played with anymore. Same goes for the old electronics around the house. You can donate outdated computers and phones but make sure that they still work first. Starting with the clutter is the first step towards spring cleaning.

Once you have gotten rid of the excess clutter, it is time to focus on deep cleaning your carpets, rugs and floors. Your carpet and rugs take a huge beating during the year from all the traffic and even if you vacuum every day, stains are bound to stick around. The best way to tackle your carpets and rugs is to buy some EZ Moves permanent furniture slides, a rented carpet cleaner, and your vacuum. Use the slides to move the furniture off the carpet and then thoroughly vacuum your carpet. Once the carpet has been vacuumed, use the carpet cleaner to deep clean the carpets. The carpet must dry for at least 8 hours after the carpet cleaning before you move your furniture back. If you move the furniture too soon, you can leave indentations in the carpet or worse if you have metal legs, rust will form on the carpet. Area rugs should be taken outside to be cleaned to help get as much dust off them as possible. Hang them over a clothesline and beat them with a bat or a broom. Make sure to wear a surgical mask when beating the area rugs to prevent breathing in a lot of dust. The best ways to protect your floor is to apply wax or a sealer. This will ensure that your floors stay protected from another year of wear and tear.

Your upholstery and mattresses also are huge dust and stain collectors. When cleaning your upholstery buy some drop cloths, a tennis racket, a lint roller, and a dry cleaning sponge. Place the drop cloth outside and put all pillows and cushions on the drop cloth. Use the tennis racket to aggressively beat all the dust out of the cushions. Let them air outside for a few hours. Vacuum the upholstery and then use the lint roller to pick up whatever the vacuum was unable to. Use the dry cleaning sponge over the upholstery to pick up dirt, oil and dead skin cells. If you have a leather couch make sure to get rid of stains with a water based cream cleaner. Deep cleaning a mattress is a little bit harder but can definitely be done. Toss your mattress cover in the washer and put it on the hottest setting allowed per the directions on the mattress cover. Dump a cup of vinegar in to deodorize. Use a sieve to lightly dust the top of the mattress with baking soda. The baking soda will help draw stains and moisture out of the mattress and deodorize it at the same time. Leave the baking soda on the mattress when making the bed, the next time you make the bed vacuum off the excess powder.

No one likes to clean the bathroom but the bathroom, according to studies and what sounds like an obvious statement, contains the most bacteria in the whole house. Deep cleaning the bathroom is a necessity for your spring cleaning and in the long run will help keep your bathroom cleaner for longer. One place in your bathroom that never seems to be spotless even after you clean it, is the shower. The soap scum keeps piling up and never seems to come off. Your shower head collects a lot of scum and the best way to get rid of it is to submerge it in white vinegar. Tie a grocery bag of white vinegar to the shower head and leave it over night. Wash both your shower curtain liners in the washing machine with regular detergent and few old towels. The towels help to scrub the soap scum and mildew off the shower curtain. When tackling the inside of the shower, make a paste that consists of white vinegar and baking soda and then apply it to the soap scum areas of the shower. Let is sit for an hour and then wipe off with a micro fiber cloth. The baking soda also works wonders for the toilet bowl as well. Dump some baking soda in the toilet and let is sit for few minutes then brush. Use a brillo pad to get rid of any leftover stains. Grout is porous and is a haven for bacteria growth. The best way to clean the grout is with bleach. Use a small brush and scrub the grout. The way to help prevent the issue is to seal the grout every 6 months. Last but not least, don’t forget the ceiling fan. Flip the circuit breaker then remove the cover. Soak the cover in warm water and dish soap to loosen up any grime. Use a toothbrush to thoroughly get rid of the grime. These tips will help keep your bathroom bacteria free longer through the spring and summer.

Spring cleaning is not only great for the home but it is great for the soul. Deep cleaning your home not only gets rid of clutter but also gets rids of any lingering dust and bacteria. The best part of the experience is getting your home ready for the upcoming gorgeous weather that graces the state of Washington during spring and summer months. For those of us who despise cleaning, there is always the option of hiring a local Puyallup cleaning company to come in and deep clean your home. It will cost you but sometimes it is worth it to not have to deal with it yourself. Got any tips for your spring cleaning that you would like to share? Let us know on Twitter at @puyallupcom!

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Getting The Most Out Of Selling Your Home

Although it doesn’t feel like it, spring is around the corner and for those people looking to sell their Puyallup homes it is time to amp up your resale value. Curbside appeal can go a long way when it comes to selling your home. After homeowners have dumped a ton of money into the inside of their home, they rarely then turn their focus to the outside. Most homeowners mistakenly think that it’s too expensive to fix up the curbside appeal. However, not making the effort to spruce up the outside a bit can see your home sitting on the market for quite awhile or worse, having to lower the price on your house. Unfortunately most potential Puyallup homebuyers do not have the time or the know how to help fix curbside appeal. Most buyers are looking for turnkey homes because the amount of effort that goes into finding and moving into a house can be daunting. So when a potential buyer sees that the outside also needs work, it could be the deciding factor when buying the home. Even though Pinterest has helped open the door to more people that want to do DIY projects, rarely do buyers actually want to take the time to do them. As a seller, it is worth the time and some money to fix up the outside of your home.

One of the easiest ways to help curbside appeal is to paint your front door a complimentary bright color. Bright colors on the outside of the house can intimidate some people but using it as an accent color can help give the home a fresh, updated look. The main issue is how to pick the correct color to match the overall look of the home. Here are some tips to help ensure that the color you pick will be a perfect match for your home. Bring whatever you can to the paint store from the outside of your home. For example, bring an extra brick from your home, or a painted shingle. If you still have the original paint color, paint it on a small board and bring it with you. Also bring as many paint swatches from the store home with you to compare them against your current paint job. Some stores sell tester samples and you can paint these tester samples onto a large board and place it over the door. Step back to get the overall look to see if the color matches the rest of the house. There is an app too called Front Door Paint that will take a photo of your door and let you “paint” it so you can see the overall look without a lot of effort. Picking a complimentary door color is very important so take your time when deciding.

Painting Front Door of Home

Using some cheap crown molding around your newly painted door will help that door really pop. You can pick up some crown molding at your local hardware store for anywhere from $15 to $30 to help frame your door. Once again, as a reminder it is important that the trim color match the door or at least complement the door and house color. The introduction of Urethane foam molding to market has allowed home owners the ability to spruce up their homes with molding for cheap. Urethane foam trim is lightweight, easy to cut, paintable and will never rot making it the ideal trim for the outside of your home. Here is an easy guide from the DIY Advice website to help guide you through the project.

Once you have the door and the frame, adding accessories to the door will really help add some appeal to your front entry way. Adding some house numbers, doorknocker, and some lights add a lot of personality to your curbside appeal. You can either install numbers yourself or find some nice decals to add to your door. You can add the numbers to either the door or next to the door. You can find affordable house numbers on websites like Etsy or a local home improvement store. Also adding a nice doorknocker or a decorative letter will help complete the look.

Curb appeal of house

Moving on from the front door, there are also inexpensive ways to update your garage door. It is as easy as painting it with a gel stain. The most important part of the process is to make sure that your current garage door is power cleaned or at least cleaned with vinegar and a sponge. When painting the door, make sure that you have good weather and that the door isn’t in direct sunlight. The gel stain dries very quickly so make sure that you are properly prepared. For under $25 you can get the paint and the brushes and update your garage to give it a polished look. Another way to update your garage is to add a trellis or a pergola at the top of the garage. Adding a pergola is a little more complex of a project, but the finished product is worth it. This video from www.thisoldhouse.com will help make the process a little easier. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,20827877,00.html

Garage Pergola

Even though electrical boxes and air conditioning units are a necessity to homes, they are almost always an eyesore unless they are properly camouflaged. Paint your electrical boxes the same color as your home to help hide them a little better. Hiding an AC unit usually requires a little more effort. You can plant some bushes around the unit which only requires your time and some plants that will properly provide coverage. The second option is to use a lattice to hide the unsightly unit. The lattice usually provides more coverage. You can then add plants and flowers around the lattice for an extra spruced up look.

Air Conditioning Yard

Once the garage and the front door are completed, it is time to focus on the windows on the front of the house. Nothing brightens up a house more that some gorgeous brightly colored flowers. Adding some window boxes below the windows will not only help to frame the windows but also will help catch the eye of some potential buyers. This tutorial from Two Twenty One.

gives simple step by step instructions on how to make your own flower boxes. Adding shutters to the windows also help to frame your windows and give the front of the house some character. Adding shutters is one of the easiest ways to make the greatest impact on the overall appearance of your home. However, if not properly installed, the shutters have the potential to ruin the appearance of your home. This post by Old House Guy (http://www.oldhouseguy.com/shutters/) gives some in depth details about the proper way to install shutters on your home and how to not ruin the look of your house.

before and after

The old saying that first impressions mean everything is equally true when it comes to selling your home. People are more likely to drive past your home and not even look inside if the outside looks terrible. Quality curbside appeal can increase a home’s value anywhere between 7 and 15 percent. So not only are you getting a return on your investment but you are making your home more inviting to help attract potential buyers. No matter how much work you put into the inside the house, if you haven’t taken the time to fix up the outside, chances are potential buyers won’t be interested in coming in. Some people mistakenly think that it is too expensive or they are burnt out from all the work on the inside of the house and decide to forgo fixing up the outside. This mistake could cost you money and a quick sale of your Puyallup home. The tips above are a few inexpensive ways to get your home to sell quickly and when you are ready to sell contact a Puyallup listing agent to get your house on the market.

Puyallup.com has a full real estate listings section if you’re in the market or just interested to see what homes in the area are selling for.

Puyallup, Real Estate

Puyallup Apartments

Puyallup Apartments & Tips

We all know finding an apartment is no fun. Honestly, it’s a big hassle. In this article we will cover everything you need to know about finding an apartment in Puyallup. We’ll cover the moving, preparation, and strategies to finding your new place to live.  Moving is about planning and saving your money.  It’s important to start early so you’re not rushed finding a new place and to also making sure you’re saving appropriately.

Determine your budget:
One of the first things you need to consider when getting an apartment is determining how much you can actually afford. The reality is if you can’t afford it then it’s probably not going to happen. A lot of places make the formula simple to get approved while others are move thorough with the process. Ideally, you want to be making 3 times the rent per month so keep that in mind. If you can prove that, then you’re in pretty good shape to get that apartment. Many apartment communities don’t look or even look at your other expenses (car payments, child support, ect) so it’s important you understand that these should be calculated into your rental apartment budget as well. If you have a pet then there maybe an extra monthly fee to consider. If you’ll be living with a roommate, they will most likely need to be added to the lease separately. This can help you save a lot of money and an option you may want to consider if it’s your first apartment. Income in most cases will need to be proved with documentation. The apartment complex may call your employer to verify your employment status with the company. Gather all your pay stubs so they are ready for the apartment complex manager if asked.

When looking for an apartment consider the following moving timeline to help strategize your move.

5 Weeks Out:

3 Weeks Out:

  • Start your packing and storage
  • Give away the items you don’t want anymore
  • Keep saving your money!

1 Week Out:

  • Start recruiting friends to help you move
  • Last minute packing
  • Plan for your pet

Moving Day:

  • Make sure you get a good nights sleep
  • Give yourself time no need to rush
  • Move into your new Puyallup apartment

Your FICO credit rating is a factor when getting an apartment. Make sure you understand it and determine where you’re rated. In many causes it’s the most important factor in determining if you’ll actually get the new place. Unfortunately, bad things happen to good people. If your score is not so good, I would recommend having a least 3 or 4 times worth of rent in the bank for proof. In the event, your credit is poor, I would recommend you be upfront about it as well. This avoids it being a surprise during the application process.

When you move in, don’t rush with the apartment furniture. If money is tight, save it for rent first and get your furniture a little bit down the road. The most important things are a bed so you can sleep and a place to sit and/or eat. Most people really are not impressed with expensive furniture nor even care if it’s used. It’s your place so if money is tight, then use a little more time and find some fantastic used bargains.

Something’s you’ll need right away for your new apartment in Puyallup are the essentials. Things like a garbage can, cleaning supplies, and a few kitchen items probably need to be your first apartment purchases. Instead of paying top dollar for these items, make a trip to the dollar store first. Using good judgment, you can get a lot of those apartment essentials for just a dollar. Another strategy is just to see what your parents are willing to give up to help you out. Hit them up they probably have a lot of items they want to liquidate and don’t use anymore. They might as well give them to you for your new Puyallup apartment. The important thing with all of this is to treat it as a transition that grows with you as you job and money situation improves. All your income to increase and naturally so will your lifestyle.

Don’t forget to stock your fridge or purchase some toilet paper. These things just don’t appear like they do when you lived at home with your parents. Food cost can actually creep up on you quickly especially if you go out a lot. Instead plan on saving money by learning to cook and staying in your new apartment to eat. Going out really can drain a budget and your savings. You need to plan for the extra things like heat, electricity, and water. Make sure you get some laundry detergent so you can actually have clean clothes. Are you required to get renters insurance? Sometimes that is requirement at new apartment communities in Puyallup. There are lots of little extra things that you may not notice right away and it’s important you budget that into your monthly apartment rate.

According to Yelp, Puyallup’s top rate apartments are:

Country Gables
1112 9th St Se
Puyallup, WA 98372
Phone number: (253) 848-0234

Country Gables is located in downtown Puyallup right below the Hospital. This used to be a pretty ran down area but they have completely remodeled the community and it’s much better now. This apartment is rated 5 Stars and one of the most affordable in the City of Puyallup as well. [GOOGLE MAP]

Meridian Firs Apartments
2923 S Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98373
Phone number: (253) 848-4369

The Meridian Firs Apartments is located just at the top of South Hill on Meridian in Puyallup. It’s right by the 7/11 gas station. It’s a gated community unlike the Country Gables, however it’s slightly more expensive. The community is very green and surrounded by lots of trees. It’s rated 5 stars, according to Yelp, as well and again one of the most affordable.
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There you have it! Now you have some of the best tips, strategies, and apartments in the Puyallup area. So if you can’t buy a home just yet in Puyallup, then look at some of the apartments we’ve recommended.

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Moving To Puyallup

Moving To Puyallup Guide

When families decide to move to a region or a new city, a lot of thought and planning must go into that decision. There are so many factors to think about when moving to a new city. Certain questions like is the city affordable, how are the schools and is there a low crime rate are just a few that come to mind when contemplating whether a certain city is right for both you and your family. We are lucky in the Pacific Northwest to have access to so many activities both cultural and outdoors. From the museums in the cities to the mountains in the Cascade Range and the sea and the lakes, people here have the opportunity to lead full lives. There are so many reasons to pick Washington for a new place to settle down but where exactly is the best city? Taking certain factors into account, Puyallup, Washington is the best place to settle down.

Table of Contents:
Top reason you should move to Puyallup
Getting settled into Puyallup
Car and boat licensing information
Hunting and fishing licensing information
Pet licensing
Government numbers to know
Puyallup historical society and museums
Post offices
Recycling and garbage information
Utilities
Moving, storage, and truck local companies
Local moving companies
Local truck rentals
Local storage companies
Conclusion

Here are the top reasons why Puyallup is where you should make your next move.

1. Cost of Living: City living is only really great if you can afford it. Seattle is starting to become one of the most expensive cities in the United States. With Amazon moving taking over the city, the more affordable neighborhoods are disappearing. The current average house price in Seattle is $525,00. Puyallup’s, on the other hand, has a current median home price is $224,500 and home appreciation is climbing steadily each year. The cumulative appreciation rate over the last ten years has been 30.30%, which ranks in the top 30% nationwide and even during the recession the Puyallup housing market continued to experience growth. Review our guide for more real estate information. Currently, gas prices in Puyallup are some of the lowest in Western Washington. They are fluctuating between $2.15 a gallon to $2.30 a gallon.

2. School District: For people who have children, there is nothing more important that a good school district. According to the Great Schools website, the Puyallup School District is rated 7 out of 10. Across the boards, both the elementary, middle and high schools, like PHS, in the Puyallup area rated above the rest of the state in proficiency in reading and math. Also the Puyallup school district has an average class size is 20 whereas the Seattle School district currently has an average of 30 students per class. Research and studies have shown that smaller class sizes are linked to positive educational benefits such better test scores, lower dropout rate and higher graduation rates.

3. Entertainment: Puyallup is the home to one of the top ten fairs in the United States. There are two annual events held at the fairgrounds every year. There is a 17 day event held every September and a four day Spring Fair every April. The local fair has live musical concerts from famous stars, comedy, rides, delicious food, and special exhibits. Throughout the year the fair has a variety of events each month all of which are held at the Washington State Fair. There are also three different movie theaters in the Puyallup area that play the latest movies. The city also holds a lot of family friendly events during the holidays like a community trick-or-treating event for children and the Lighted Santa Parade. Considering all the other local cities, Puyallup, Washington is one of most popular for entertainment.

4. Culture: Puyallup is a small city but with a busy community spirit. Puyallup hosts the Meeker Days Street fair, which is Pierce County’s largest street fair. The Meeker Days event is right downtown in Pioneer Park and covers several blocks. This street fair features live music, over 130 arts and crafts booths along with activities for children and teens. The food selection is massive and there are a lot of vendors as well. Also Puyallup’s annual Art and Wine Walk has become quite the popular event that features fantastic local, national and international wines. People get to sip on delicious wines while being able to shop and admire art in the downtown area. Puyallup also hosts one of the best farmer’s markets in Washington thanks to Puyallup being surrounded by fertile farmland. The farmers market features delicious local produce along with some arts and crafts booths. There is also a holiday farmers market that features unique holiday items like gifts and home décor.

5. Social Scene: A social scene is a key aspect to a quality of life in a city. People love an active social scene that allows them to go out meet new people and gives them something fun to do in their city. Most people think they should head to Tacoma or Seattle but Puyallup’s budding social scene is a casual yet fun scene that features bars, breweries and delicious restaurants. There are places to dance and sing karaoke and parking there is hardly ever an issue.

6. Commute: Since Seattle’s cost of living has sky rocketed and people are leaving the city in droves and moving outwards to the outlying cities. Seattle traffic is some of the worst traffic in the United States. According to a national ranking by the Tom Tom Navigation Company, Seattle ranks as the fifth most congested city in the United States. Even navigating through the city itself takes forever. Luckily, Puyallup has the Sounder station right in downtown for a quick and painless 40 minute ride to the city. The sounder is spacious and comfortable and a lot less stressful than the sitting in traffic. Also parking in Seattle is outrageous and costs an arm and a leg. Taking the Puyallup Sounder eliminates the need for parking and helps save you money. It gets very busy, however, at the Puyallup location so come early to grab a parking spot at the Sounder station. Parking is free.

7. Outdoor Activities: Western Washington is blessed to have so many different kinds of outdoor activities within in one state. From skiing in the mountains to swimming in the ocean, Washington is filled with a lot of beautiful natural wonders. Those who live in the Puyallup area are fortunate because Puyallup is smack in the center of all of it. Mt. Rainer is only about an hour away, the Puget Sound in only 20 minutes away, beautiful Lake Tapps is only 15 minutes away, and skiing at Snoqualmie in only 90 minutes away. All those fun outdoor activities are so close to Puyallup and for those who love being outdoors, Puyallup is the most central location to all these exciting activities. It’s truly a great place to move to considering it’s central location alone.

8. Community: As mentioned above, the City of Puyallup hosts a lot of community events for families. This is one of the reasons that Puyallup has gained the reputation for being one of the friendliest cities in the state. Puyallup is filled with very down to earth people that love their city and work hard to be neighborly. The city is constantly working on bringing the community together by creating events that bring together local businesses, people and community leaders. The Main Street Association’s sole focus is creating fun events for the city that have become hugely popular over the years.

Getting Settled into Puyallup

Anyone who has ever moved before understands how stressful and overwhelming it can be. There are so many aspects to consider before and after you move. Packing all your furniture and things, selling your home, finding movers are just a few things that one has to do before making the move.

After you have finally settled in the city, there is a vast amount of information that is required in order to help you get established. Whether you are relocating your business, family or just yourself the amount of tasks that must be completed can be daunting. Here is a list of all local government agencies or businesses that you might need to contact to help make your relocation to Puyallup a little bit easier.

Licensing Information:

Car/Boat Licensing

Driver Licensing office:
There are so many car dealerships in Puyallup so finding a new or used car here will never be a problem after your move. By law, however, you have 30 days to get your Washington state drivers license after you have moved to the state. Washington also has different offices for vehicle licensing and driver licensing. First you must establish residency in Puyallup. You are considered a Washington resident if you do any of the following: register to vote, receive state benefits, get any Washington state license at resident rates, or receive in-state tuition fees. Once you have established residency, you can decide if you want a standard driver license or an enhanced driver license. The enhanced license or EDL is an acceptable alternative to a passport for re-entry in to the US at land or sea border crossings. Once you determine the type of license, find out whether you can pre-apply online. See if you can apply online here: http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/preapply.html

Visit a driver license office to start your application or finish your application that you started online. Make sure to bring your proof of identity, payment for the fees, and your social security number. At the office you will need to be able to pass a vision screening, pay any fees, decide if you want to register to vote or be an organ donor, and pass any other required tests. Once you have taken care of all that, your out-of-state license /ID card will get punched and returned to you. You will then get a temporary license but you will not be able to use it for ID purposes. Your permanent license will be mailed within 7-10 days.

Address:
733 River Rd
Puyallup, WA 98371
Phone: (253) 840-4590
Fax: 253.840.4564

Vehicle Licensing in Puyallup
First you must get your valid Washington drivers license in order to get you vehicle license. You have 30 days to license your vehicle once you have moved to the state. You then must submit your forms and payment and bring or mail them to a vehicle licensing office. You must bring or mail the Vehicle Certificate of Ownership Application, the current Certificate of title of your vehicle and payment for the fees. If you go to the office you will get your plates that day if you mail the forms in it might take up to 3 weeks. Once you get your plates sign up for a License express account in order all your vehicles in the future. There are two Vehicle Licensing agencies in Puyallup.

Address:
(Main) McCallum License Agency, Inc.
1325 East Main Ave
Puyallup, WA 98372
Phone: (253) 845-8811

McCallum License Agency, Inc.
(South Hill – Puyallup Area)
16126 Meridian E
Puyallup, WA 98375
Phone: (253) 841-0245

Puyallup Department of Driver’s Licensing
733 River Road
Puyallup, WA 98371
Phone: (253) 840-4590

Boat Licensing in Puyallup
Within 60 days of moving to Washington to must register your boat. In order to title and register your boat in Puyallup Washington, you must complete the Vessel title Application and bring that along with the current out-of-state registration and title, proof you paid sales tax on the boat, and a check or money order to pay the fees. You can submit this packet by mail or you can visit a vehicle or boat license agency.

Hunting and Fishing License in Puyallup:
Washington is filled with all kinds of outdoor activities. Hunting and fishing are very popular due to all the forest and lakes and access to the ocean. For all the hunters and Puyallup fisherman there are multiple places in the city to get a license. You’ll want to make sure get your fishing license for the Puyallup River as it’s often checked on site. Here are few places in order to get your license.

Wal-Mart 3525
Address:
16502 Meridian Ave. East
Puyallup, WA 98375

The Sports Authority #554
4423 South Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98373

Sportsman’s Warehouse #213
120 31st Ave. SE Suite G
Puyallup, WA 98374

Pet Licensing in Puyallup
All cats and dogs must be licensed through the Metro Animal Services. You can also adopt animals from the Metro Animal Service. Licensing can be completed in person at the following locations:

Puyallup City Hall
333 S. Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371
Phone: (253) 841-4321

Puyallup Police Department
311 W. Pioneer
Puyallup, WA 98371

Metro Animal Services Shelter
1200 39th Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98374
Phone: (253) 299-7387

Government numbers to know for the City of Puyallup:

Puyallup Municipal Court
929 E. Main, Suite 120, Puyallup, WA 98372
Puyallup Court Clerk: (253) 841-5450 ext. 2
Puyallup Court Probation: (253) 770-3347
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Puyallup City Clerk
333 S. Meridian, 4th Floor, Puyallup, WA 98371
Telephone: (253) 841-4321
Fax: (253) 770-3352

DSHS
Address:
Puyallup Valley Community Service Office
201 West Main Street, Puyallup, WA 98371-9987

General Information: (253) 476-6818
Mailing Address:
Puyallup CSO
PO Box 2116
Tacoma, WA 98401-9915

Puyallup Library
The Puyallup Public Library focuses on an open environment that brings literacy, imagination and inspiration to all the patrons both young and old. The library was also built in 2002 and is filled with books, DVD’s, newspapers, and magazines of all genres. You can visit the main library downtown by the Ezra Meeker statue in Puyallup’s Pioneer Park. The land the Puyallup Library sits on was donated by Ezra Meeker himself with certain terms.

Address:
324 S. Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371
Telephone – (253) 841-5454
Fax – (253)841-5483
E-mail – puylib@ci.puyallup.wa.us

Puyallup Historical Society and Museums:
The Puyallup Valley has a very rich history (and daffodils) dating back to 1830’s. The first European settler in the area was Dr. Tolmie. When he first passed through the area, it was a beautiful fertile valley that had a scenic river meandering through the valley. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians had a permanent dwelling along the riverbank and their tribe name originated from their hospitable nature. The word Puyallup translates to “generous people” which is the same spirit that the city is known for today. It later grew into a very popular hop industry here in Puyallup. If you are looking to learn about the history of Puyallup once you have settled in here or our local societies and museums also check out our Puyallup history timeline.

The Meeker Mansion
312 Spring St
Puyallup, Washington 98372
Tour information: (253) 848-1770

Karshner Museum
309 4th St NE
Puyallup, WA 98372
Phone: (253) 841-8748

The South Hill Historical Society
They hold regular meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:00am. There are no meetings in July and August. To become a member, please download this form: http://www.southhillhistory.com/Meeting-Membership/Membership_Form.pdf

Address:
502 43rd Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98374

Puyallup Post Office
There are two US Post Offices located for your convenience in the Puyallup area.

Address:
(Downtown Puyallup)
204 2nd Street SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
Phone: (253) 435-5146
Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00am- 3:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Address:
(South Hill Puyallup)
13516 Meridian Ave. E
Puyallup, WA 98373
Phone: (253) 435-1148
Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:30am-5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00am- 3:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Recycling and Garbage in Puyallup
Washington is a very environmentally friendly state and focusing on a recycling is an important part of living in the state. You can recycle glass, cardboard and newspaper at the following Elks Lodge location. You can drop off your items 7 days a week 24 hours a day. You can also arrange for curbside pick up service for recycling and garbage through DM Disposal.

Elks Lodge
314 27th St. N.
Puyallup, WA 98372

D.M. Disposal
PO Box 532
Puyallup, WA 98371
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Utilities in Puyallup

Mailing Address:
City of Puyallup Utilities Billing & Customer Service
PO Box 35160
Seattle, WA 98124-5160

Visit in-person:
Puyallup City Hall
3rd Floor, 333 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 98371
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
Phone: (253) 841-5550
Fax: (253) 770-3335

In an effort to keep your utility rates low, calls to the Utility Billing Office are answered by “Freedom Voice” during heavy call times. It helps the clerks return your call more quickly and effectively. Freedom Voice converts your voicemail into an email that goes directly to the city’s Utility Billing Clerks. All calls are returned by the next business day and all calls/emails to our office are scanned prior to utility shut-offs.

Water:
Water Distribution Division
Craig Hale, Supervisor
Phone: (253) 841-5503
Address:
1100 39th Ave SE
Puyallup, Washington 98374
Public Works Main Office: (253) 841-5505
Fax: (253) 841-5437
Water Maintenance: (253) 841-5512
Water Operations: (253) 841-5508
Cross Connection Control: (253) 841-5524
After Hours Emergency: (253) 841-5431

Firgrove Mutual Water Company
10408 144th St E
Puyallup, WA 98374-4958
Phone: (253) 845-1542
Emergency: 253-934-0032

Valley Water District
14515 Pioneer Way E
Puyallup, WA 98372
Phone: (253) 841-9698
Emergency: (888) 205-0118

Gas:
Puget Sound Energy
Website: www.pse.com
Phone: (888) 225-5773

Voter Registration in Puyallup
To be eligible to vote, you must be at least 18 years of age and have lived in Puyallup for at least 30 days prior to the election that you wish to cast a vote in.

Pierce County Annex
2401 South 35th Street
Tacoma, Washington 98409
253-798-7430
Pierce County Elections Website

Voter registration forms are available at the following locations:
Puyallup City Hall
4th Floor, 333 South Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98371
Phone: (253) 841-4321

Moving companies and services

Moving is always the worst part of relocating to a city. It is always stressful and sometimes finding a moving company or a storage unit just takes so much time to research and vet. Experienced movers can be hard to find and working with local companies will help make the transition easier. In the midst of moving, it is nice to have one spot where you can find all the information regarding the different companies in the Puyallup area. Here is a complied list of local moving, storage and truck rental companies in Puyallup. If you’re considering moving to Puyallup start here to learn more about Puyallup, Washington.

Puyallup Moving Companies:

Bousch Moving has been in business since 1919 and offers a moving service, a packing service and free estimates.

Boush Moving and Storage
820 4th St. NW
Puyallup, WA 98371
Phone: (253) 845-8829

Apex Moving and Storage offers both local and out of state moves. They also do corporate and office moves as well. As a bonus they do offer long and short term storage so instead of having to deal with two companies, one company can take care of your moving and storage needs.

Apex Moving and Storage
801 Valley Ave NW
Suite B
Puyallup, WA 98371
Phone: (253) 864-7870

This company offers portable storage units that you load at your own pace and then the company will pick it up at your home when you are ready. They offer local and long distance moving.

1-800-Pack-Rat
914 Valley Ave. NW
Suite 101
Puyallup, WA 98371
Phone: (206) 456-6681

If your plan is to do all the moving yourself – then all you’ll need is a truck. As you know truck rental prices vary depending on size and miles driven. Almost all require you to replace the gas to the level it was at originally. These truck rental companies are all located in Puyallup, Washington.

Puyallup Truck Rentals:

Budget Truck Rental
12413 Meridian Ave. E St D
Puyallup, WA 98373
(253) 841-0877

Penske Truck rental
1310 39th Ave SE
Puyallup, WA 98374
(253) 845-3381

A storage company maybe needed during your move as well. These storage companies are all located in Puyallup and are able to help you. We included some of the more popular ones in downtown Puyallup and on South Hill as well. Prices vary depending on the size of the storage unit, location, and the duration of use (months).

Puyallup Storage Companies:

Public Storage
4015 S. Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98373
Phone: (253) 466-4356

Extra Space Storage
239 15th St. SE
Puyallup, WA 98371
(253) 770-2378

Safeland Storage- South Hill
1310 39th Ave. SE
Puyallup, WA 98374
(253) 770-1900

Affordable Self Storage
3501 14th PL SW
Puyallup, WA 98373
(253) 841-1818

Daffodil Storage Puyallup
10715 Valley Ave E
Puyallup, WA 98372
(253) 770-3257

Conclusion:
The Northwest is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. There are many reasons to move to this area in the first place and even though there are many wonderful cities in the area to move to, Puyallup is one of the best for all the reasons listed above. You can’t go wrong with the gorgeous surroundings, fun activities for the whole family, and the low cost of living. All of these elements make Puyallup a great place to move to and live. It’s a great place for education as well for the whole family (colleges and public schools). If you plan on moving there soon don’t hesitate, homes are selling fast in the area. Make sure to contact a real estate agent today to find your dream home in your dream city.

There you have it! The top reasons why living and moving to Puyallup is great. Hopefully the information above will make your move here easier. After the move, make sure your new place is all hooked up with the local services like water, gas, and utilities mention above and good luck.

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Puyallup Yard Maintenance Tips for New Homebuyers

Puyallup Yard Maintenance New Home

Being a new homeowner can have a lot of responsibilities and one of them is right outside; in the yard. As you know Puyallup is very seasonal but keeping your yard up to date is important. Personally, I know this is one of my biggest faults as a homeowner. Not taking care of my lawn very well. At one point in my life I actually moved to a home that was smaller so the yard would be easier to manage. I hate yard work! We do have a new home buyer guide if that is you.

Though many new homeowners may think that gardening or making a landscape for their house is easy, it actually requires a bit of planning and adjustments financially for succeeding in a satisfying final product. Here are some spring cleaning tips if you want more tips or ideas about cleaning up your yard.

Puyallup landscaping and proper maintenance is something that actually requires a little bit of knowledge in terms of what you wish to do with your yard immediately or eventually and there are step by step offers online with basic understanding on landscaping care and methods should you wish to try them on your own.

One of the first things to do with landscaping is to check if there are high and low spots in the yard. It is advisable to have the depressed areas filled in order to make everything level. Should the uneven areas remain, they could essentially damage your lawnmower, cause much unneeded frustration and cost you more than you were planning.

Aerating your lawn. This essentially controls thatch, reduces soil compaction, improves nutrient and water filtration and stimulates new growth. The transitional seasons are the best to aerate, Fall being the more preferred season however, should you move in Fall just wait until the Spring. If you have thatch you will need to use a rake or a dethatcher to break it up.

Testing your soil. This is helpful and in the long run, will help you get to know what is in your soil should you eventually desire to have a garden or some sort of edible growing from it. Testing your soil will help you control weed, disease, and insects without harsh chemicals while also allowing you to track your progress as you become more efficient in your landscaping and gardening. Any bald areas or peculiar parts of the yard might have something wrong that a test can determine for you. Tests are easily found and can be DIY.

Grassing whole lawn or bald spots. When you do decide to plant your grass in your garden you should also plan on planting in transitional months, Fall being preferred, however again Spring is also ok should you not have the Fall option. Seeding grass is easy, affordable and should be planted before a freeze or right after the winter. Seeds start to germinate at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit and as long as you seed early enough, wait quite a bit until cutting. Even if there is some dryness, in the late Spring, no need to fret, the hotter it is, the deeper the roots burrow, allowing for a strong healthy and resourceful grass that will grow strongly throughout the summer.

Planting and design. Before planting it would be advisable to see the types of plants that thrive and are seasonal in your new location. The Puyallup Valley area has different soul than the South Hill area. It’s typically softer in the valley and more rugged on the hill from what I have seen. Online there are loads of plant databases that can provide you with enough plant information on seasonal growth, growing needs and conditions and even tree and lawn care.

Getting prepared for spring. Crabgrass is a very serious problem for many lawn owners and for new homeowners can be frustrating as it grows so strong and thrives everywhere. Without getting out the chemical guns for getting rid or managing crabgrass a great eco-friendly and cost friendly solution, use corn gluten meal as an option.

For a DIY pest control method there are many sites online that give you a simple guide on pest control for your location and also your yard. As pesticides are tricky in what they are made of, there are in depth guides on what you can use and how to use them. Even if you are not looking to DIY – knowing about pesticides before the gardener comes out is a good idea.

There you have it folks! Homeowner tips and tricks to having a great yard.

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Good Neighborhood Manners 101

New Puyallup Neighborhoods Being Friendly

Though moving into a new Puyallup neighborhood can be exciting and getting to know the community is also a good way to integrate, there are some rules that everyone should abide to for building a good reputation and also maintaining proper respect towards the people in your neighborhood.

Here are a list of do’s and don’ts:

1)  Introduce yourself to your neighbors. For everyone this is beneficial. Having a nice welcoming and also beginning is always a good sign for comfort and connecting with others around you. Make your presence known helps others feel at ease and also gives you the opportunity to meet them. To don’t feel bad if they are not as welcoming as you are, however, that is just the way this process works.  Overtime you’ll most likely get to know them better. Go by, invite them over or simply introduce yourself. Sooner rather than later you will get to know them and have a better idea with whom you are living next door to.  The City of Puyallup Washington is (mostly) a very friendly town so don’t be shy.

2)  Keep Noise Low: Though having a party, or doing anything that requires a high volume of noise, is to be expected,  it is only common courtesy and sense to keep your noisy tasks between normal working or active daytime hours so that you keep the peace with your neighbors. A common time frame of yard work, or social events and whatnot outside the house is between 9am-9pm weekdays and 10am-9pm weekends. Try to keep noise at a minimum between 9pm-9am as this is usually the time when things are quieted down and people sleeping. Any parties, just out of respect also, possibly should be let known to your immediate neighbors just as a heads up. If you like them, even better, invite them over. It is a great way to get close to your neighbors.  Most people are ok with extra hours of noise or activities if you just give them a heads up.

3)  Parking. If there is a party, best thing to do so you don’t annoy your neighbors is to direct and fix the parking scheme so that guests do not obstruct the parking spaces or entryways of your neighbors.  Don’t block your neighbors or take their parking sports without their permission first.

4)  Cleanliness. Keep your garden well kept and uniform in terms of cleanliness and proper maintenance in congruency to your neighbors. Neighbors love to live in a community where they feel safe, understood, respected and with like minded people. Of course, you don’t have to be uniform and exact but a proper kept yard and garden shows that the shared respect and dedication is there meaning it is something important for everyone. In neighborhoods where this is practiced, it is proven that an unspoken knowledge of looking out for each other is performed.

5)  Pets: Having a pet can go into several categories; Noise and Cleanliness. When having a pet, not everyone likes them, and sometimes find them more of a nuisance than a friend. Try to keep them quiet if they can be, or if they are a slightly noisy type, then they should be outside and active during waking hours (stated above in the Noise section) and inside during sleeping and relaxed hours. No one wants to hear a dog barking in the middle of the night. Also, keeping your yard, and more importantly your neighbor’s yards clean, so picking up fido’s waste afterwards is a must. People in general love animals, but sometimes more often than not, it is the owners they don’t like if they happen to not clean up.

There you have it!  Some quick tips to living in your new Puyallup neighborhood. If you’re considering living in Puyallup make sure you read our real estate guide here.

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Spotting Danger in Your Neighborhood

Dangerous Neighborhoods Watch

Though finding or spotting crime in the neighborhood is not always easy or even seen, it is good to keep a good lookout within your Puyallup community and report anything that seems out of character. When buying a home your real estate agent doesn’t really know (or cares to tell you) how bad an area can be in regards to crime. Puyallup does keep track of all the statistics related to crime in the area.
Neighborhoods around the US have different means of dealing with this situation. Though some neighborhoods are safer than others, one is never free of a break-in and more often than not, at some point within each calendar year someone has scouted or looked in neighborhoods for potential break-ins.

Neighborhood watch: Some Puyallup neighborhoods collectively design a patrol set up during the week for keeping the peace in the neighborhood and keeping a look out. It is practiced quite a bit now and though not necessarily needed most of the time, it keeps people at ease and gives a sense of security in the area.

If there isn’t an active Neighborhood watch in the area, then keeping a good eye out for suspicious behavior is the best that anyone can do. This doesn’t require a stressed way of surveillance it is more just an open mind, eyes and ears.

On Vacation. Hopefully your neighbors will let you know they are out of town in order for you to just keep an extra eye for something out of ordinary. You should also let your neighbors know when you are out of town so they will know that something is suspicious if in fact something happens. As professional criminals are usually pretty good at blending in, you might think a moving company truck is a moving company truck – when in fact it could be a burglary.

Anything that looks like a delivery and takes a lot of time should arouse suspicion.

Know your neighborhood routine. Most people today have busy lives and therefore rigid or systematic schedules in order to fit everything in. You probably do as well. After time you will have a good sense of what the rhythm is in your community and anything that feels out of place or out of balance should just be noticed. It could be something or not, but it is good to be aware and just cautious of those little details around you.

It is best to have at least a phone roster of neighbors in the area. Of course, it is impossible to know everyone, it is good just to have an emergency number to check up and see if someone out of ordinary is in fact welcomed or not. It is not advisable to confront a person who is unknown to you because it could be very awkward if in fact they are welcomed and if they are not, it could be dangerous. Having a proper, rational and sound resource and plan when something like this happens, if it does happen, is a good idea.

Keeping your neighborhood safe is what it is all about. Keep your eyes and ears open.
If you have any concerns contact the Puyallup Police Department.

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Useful Tools to have in Every Home

Useful Tools to have in Every Puyallup Home

There is list of things that can go wrong in your Puyallup home and though you could or could not be a handy man around the house, these will help with your smaller types of little mishaps that could use some fixing up.

Measuring tape: As we all know we get ideas spontaneously about doing something around the house. Maybe it is the need for new curtains or perhaps new furniture. What is most important however before going along on the endeavor of purchasing or even looking for that new something, you need to know the size of that something you want.

Hammer and nails: Well, this is always useful. Perhaps you find something that you wish to hang on the wall, a picture, mirror, hook or whatever, you need these to get underway and if by the other chance you need to take a nail out, voila, you can.

Pliers: For any of those plumbing issues that do not require (yet) to call a plumber. Sometimes those little spouts, pipes and connections get loose and only need to be tightened and adjusted. I have found that most of the time it is like that. However, if you feel adventurous, and that is up to you, you can try to open sink pipes with one if you think there is something clogging the pipelines.

Multi-Head Screwdriver: This is always helpful. With a lot of DIY furniture offered and those small little tools they give you in the box, a proper screwdriver is going to be your best bet. And not only for furniture, should anything need a little tightening, you will be able to fix it immediately.

Flashlight: For any blackout situation, it is good to have several so that you can navigate around when this happens. Also good for finding things in not so lit areas of the house, such as kitchen cabinets and such or the basement.

Step Ladder: Though you might not use it all the time, it is useful to have when in need to get to those hard to reach areas or clogged gutters if they are not too high.

Fire Extinguisher: These are a necessity in your home. Advised for everyone for those oil fires going out of hand or any possible fire danger that could happen. Cords sometimes ignite and other out of the ordinary happenings.

Adjustable Wrench: Need these when the pliers might not work well enough. All bolts are different sizes and being able to successfully fit the size with this type of wrench makes what appears to be difficult tasks actually quite easy.

Lightweight Cordless Drill: A cordless drill can be a pretty versatile tool. Depending on the kinds of bits you buy, it could be used to drill various sized holes in various surfaces. Or you could use it as an electric screwdriver. Before you buy a portable drill, check the manufacturer warranty as well as the availability of parts.

Heavy-duty Scissors – A heavy-duty pair of scissors capable of cutting through thick cardboard, packaging zip ties and other rugged materials is always a handy tool to have around. Get a pair with a 9 – 10 inch serrated blade and you’ll have the ability to cut through almost anything.

Shop Vacuum – The convenience of being able to instantly clean up wet and dry chunks of a hefty mess can be quite a priceless time saver.

Work Gloves – Unfortunately, human hands are covered with fragile skin just like the rest of the body. Sometimes you need to use your hands to accomplish a task that requires a durability threshold beyond that of your exposed skin.

Extension Cord – Because an electrical outlet is not always where it should be. This is always a helpful addition to have with your tools.

Various Types of Tape – Scotch tape, masking tape and duct tape… you need them all. Tape may very well be the second greatest invention after the hammer.

And last but not least and the most important:

First Aid Kit – We are not indestructible. When you or someone you care about gets injured, a basic first aid kit becomes the single most important thing you own.

If all else fails, call a local Puyallup handyman to help you out. You can find them on Angieslist.com or if you’re feeling adventurist and want to save some serious money try Craigslist.org. Beware of many of the scams out there, however, and try to pay after the work is completed to protect yourself.

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Puyallup Is An Excellent Place To Raise a Family

Puyallup Valley Living

Located in Pierce County there is a town which goes by the name of Puyallup. From shopping, Puyallup Restaurants, bars, and colleges Puyallup is filled with everything you need. The education system viewed as one of the best in the state. The medical industry is popular as well. With that being said homes are affordable and many families feel comfortable raising their children here. Each year this city continues to grow. Puyallup gets its name from the Puyallup Tribe of Native Americans. The name means “the generous people.”

As of 2010, the population was approximately 40,000. The Washington State Office of Financial Management believes this number will continue to grow. If you’re a resident here, you know Puyallup is growing extremely fast.

Breakdown population

The population of this town is almost 100% urban. Since 2000 the population has grown at a modest clip of 15.6%. Here are some other numbers you might find interesting:

• Males – 18,498 or 48.5%
• Females – 19,649 or 51.55%
• Median age of a resident is 36.8 years
• Median household income was estimated in 2012 to be $59,700

This should tell you that this is one of those towns where people go to raise their families or start their businesses. This is the hub for:

• Retail
• Business
• Medical services

Puyallup, Washington’s ancestries includes:

• German 17.3%
• Irish 10.5%
• English 8.7%
• Norwegian 6.3%
• United States 5.6%
• French 3.2%

Puyallup has one community college in town Pierce College. It’s accredited by the state of Washington. They also have a campus just south of Puyallup in Lakewood, Washington. Education plays a large part in the town. This fits in with the comment about being a good place to raise a family. The Puyallup School District includes 4 high Schools, 7 Junior High Schools, and 21 elementary schools.

When the City of Puyallup is compared to Washington state averages here is what you come up with:

• Unemployment is below the state average;
• Median age is above average for the state;
• Percentage of foreign-born is below the state average.
Home values in Puyallup continue to appreciate each year.

Most residents work in the manufacturing industry and retail trade is not far behind. Construction is 12 percent and transportation and warehousing equal 7%. Health care and social assistant, professional, scientific, and technical services are all at 6% as is wholesale trade.

Of course you cannot think of this town without learning about the Puyallup Indians as they have lived up and down the Puget Sound shores for over hundreds of years. Their name means ‘generous and welcoming behavior to all people who enter our lands’.

The tribe membership has grown significantly in recent years and is now more than 4000 people. The majority of members live in the region of Puget Sound; however this tribe is spread out across the United States. They continue to be very active in the community.

Those tribal members who live in the Puget Sound area play spirited roles in almost all aspects of their lives. The adults in this tribe work as fisherman, attorneys, doctors and construction workers. Many are entrepreneurs who have thieving businesses. Many are actively sharing their Puyallup culture with the surrounding communities through art exhibits, pow wows, and other variety of activities. They also provide scholarships and fundraisers for the youth.

This is a small part of the Puyallup community culture and one can begin to draw a picture of a city that is perfect for growing families to live in. Good jobs, income, opportunities, plus an excellent variety of schools to choose from. Whether its community or private schools, families have so many options as it relates to education.

The beautiful country side in Washington makes this a perfect location for the outdoor families or individuals who love camping, hiking, and mountain exploration. Clark’s Creek is a small trail located in Puyallup. If you visit it at the right time of year you can witness the spawning salmon in the creek. If you really want an adventure then you can head up to Mt. Rainier. The Mt Rainier National Park is about a 1.5 hour drive.

Information provided by Puyallup.com

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