It may be cold and gray out there right now, but the rental and relocation market has been anything but chilly. As a result, our relocation team has been staying busy this year–even during these winter months.
In the past, we’ve often seen a dip in new hires during the winter. But this year, hiring at companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Google has kept going strong, which means there’s a continued market for the rental housing units we represent at Seattle Rental Group.
Our agents are out every week, scouring Seattle for the perfect home for new residents. Recently, we’ve had a lot of young professionals interested in 1-2 bedroom apartments or condos in the Seattle area. With all these new hires, rental units are often only sitting on the market for a week or two, meaning it’s a great time to be a landlord!
Kirkland, Washington rocks! According to the July issue of Seattle magazine, Kirkland is just behind Queen Anne as the best overall neighborhood in the Seattle area. According to the magazine Kirkland is Seattle’s Sausalito, a suburb with great access to the water.
- Great Lake Washington access
- Good schools
- A compact, walkable downtown
- Plenty of restaurants
- Many outdoor public pool parks, some right on the water
- Reasonably stress-free access to Seattle
Seattle magazine picked the Top Ten Best Neighborhoods and Kirkland came out #7. The ratings are based on a study of 5 issues: housing affordability, WASL scores, and minutes to downtown, crime rates and % of home appreciation.
Here are a few things to check next time you are turning your unit over. These are the little things that can sometimes get overlooked, but make a big difference when the unit is being shown!
- Clean windows inside and out
- Rent a pressure washer and spray down walk walks and patios
- Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks
- Consider hiring a professional cleaning service to do a deep clean
- Clean out the refrigerator
- Vacuum and sweep daily
- Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures
- Hang up fresh towels
- Reduce the amount of personal items displayed
- Air out any stale or musty smelling areas
- Keep countertops and sinks clean
- Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have become used to lavender and chartreuse walls
- Minimize clutter by getting rid of unwanted items and perhaps consider renting a storage locker
- Check the curb appeal by keeping lawn mowed, shrubs trimmed and perhaps adding a colorful flower pot near the front door