Halloween Home Saftey Tips

Bellingham HalloweenHalloween is creeping up on us fast and so are some potential dangers to your home as a result of the fun holiday.  Below are some tips to help keep your home and family safe this Halloween:

– Be careful when placing candles in your carved jack-o-lanterns and keep them far away from any furnishings, drapes or Halloween decor that may be flammable and never leave them burning unattended.

– Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or movable decorative objects.

– Be sure and take time to check around our porch or sidewalk for any garden hoses, low lying tree limbs or decorations that might prove to be a tripping hazard for young children trick or treating at your home.

Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!

Don’t Miss the Tulip Festival!

 

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It’s the last official weekend for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival just south of Bellingham.    Each particular field has it’s own set of activities and hours. Both the Roozen Garden and Tulip Town fields have beautiful displays ready for you to enjoy! There are many incredible photo opportunities and chances to sample and purchase local food and flowers. To learn more visit the Tulip Festival website today!

The tulip festival officially runs until April 30th, but some

fields are extending until May 7th, or as long as the flowers are still in bloom. Many other activities also surround the festival from the Tulip Run to Whale Watching Tours leaving near by Anacortes, it’s sure to be a great trip and day for everyone! For complete information on the Tulip Festival you can visit the event office at 311 Kincaid St in Mt. Vernon, WA or by telephone at 360-428-5959.

Bellinham and Whatcom County Relocation Information

Are you or your family considering relocating to Bellingham or Whatcom County? The Johnson Team Real Estate is here to help! Our website offers an abundance of helpful information to help you become better acquainted to Bellingham and other communities in Whatcom County.

Making a move a move to another area is a big decision and we recognize that it involves more than just switching homes, you are switching communities.   The Johnson Team Real Estate website is here to offer support with your relocation and to help you be as informed as you can about our area before arriving.  Whether you are looking for information on school and education in Bellingham to the top employers in Whatcom County, you have your answers!

Below is a list of relocation pages on our website to help you learn more about what Bellingham, Washington and the Whatcom County area have to offer!
Bellingham Relocation Packages
Request a free relocation information package on Bellingham and the Whatcom County area.

 Real Estate Search

See what kind of homes and properties are for sale in Bellingham and the surrounding communities such as Ferndale, and Lynden. Use our interactive maps search or text search to narrow down properties based on your housing needs.
Whatcom County Communities
Whatcom County is a very diverse area in terms of the various communities that it encompasses. The cities range from Bellingham with a population of 67,171 to Lummi Islandwith a population of 813. Learn more about other Whatcom County communities like Ferndale, Lynden and Blaine.

 
Photos of Bellingham and Whatcom County
View photos of everything Whatcom County has to offer from the hills of Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay and everything in between.

Education
Bellingham and Whatcom County offer a wealth of educational opportunities to residents. The area is comprised of seven public school districts, many private schools and several colleges including Western Washington University.

 

Whatcom County Employment
Whatcom County is a hot spot for employment with its central location between Seattle and Vancouver BC. The area is home to many companies and corporate headquarters. The top employers in the county vary from Western Washington University to the City of Bellingham.

Recreational Opportunities in Whatcom County
With the waters of Bellingham Bay and Mount Baker serving as borders, Whatcom County is sure to offer all kinds of recreational opportunities. You name it we’ve got it here from ocean kayaking to snow skiing you can do it all.

 
Arts and Entertainment
If you are looking for an area full of the Arts, then you have found the place. Bellingham and the surrounding areas are full of wonderful art venues. The Mount Baker Theatre brings in broadway performers and the Whatcom County Museum is full of lovely exhibits and artifacts. Whether you are coming to Bellingham on a visit or you live here, you are sure to find lots to do and see.

 


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Make your move easier with The Johnson Team Moving Truck. Available free to our clients and community organizations.

For more specialized information on Bellingham, Washington and surrounding areas feel free to call us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 today, we’d be happy to help!

Tips to Keep Safe in Windstorms

Bellingham Wind Storm The wind is really howling outside! My weather meter just recorded a gust of 42mph at my office.

Below are some tips to help keep you and your home safe in a windstorm.

– Go out in your yard and collect any loose items that may blow away in a storm. Lawn chairs, lawn ornaments and even trampolines are example of items that tend to take flight in storms.

-Check out your fencing around your home that might need repair to assure the wind does not further damage it and potentially let your pets out of the yard.

– Be sure to check for loose or missing shingles on your roof or chimney flue caps which may have become loose. Damaged or loose flues can allow deadly carbon monoxide to enter a home.

-Be sure to have trees and branches trimmed back from your home to prevent damage when wind may batter them around.

-Have at least a 72 hour supply of food, water, flashlights, batteries, medicine & etc in case of power outages & the potential inability to leave your home due to blocked roads or other issues.

-Check your windows for cracks that may leave your windows vulnerable during a storm. If a window has a small crack it can sometimes spread in extreme winds causing it to shatter.

– After a storm be sure and remove debris from yard as this can attract insects and lead to problems in and around your home.

Hope everyone stays safe in today’s wind!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Safely This Year!

While ringing in the new year please don’t forget to take the time to remember some important safety tips to keep everyone safe! Below are some tips courtesy of USA.gov to help you usher in 2016.

If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party, following a few simple rules could prevent a tragedy:

  • Plan ahead by naming a “designated driver.” Make this your responsibility as the host.
  • Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests.
  • Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests.
  • Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.
  • Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.

If you are attending New Year’s Eve parties and celebrations:

  • If you drink, don’t drive.
  • Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins.
  • If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up.
  • Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive.

Happy New Year from all of us at The Johnson Team Real Estate!

Safety Tips for Driving in the Snow Around Whatcom County This Week!

SnowDrivingAll public schools in Whatcom County are closed and we have been hit with quite the snow storm!

With the weather we are having  it’s always important to remember how to handle icy and snow covered roads this time of year.

Below are some tips to help you drive safely courtesy of AAA:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to starsnowt moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

I currently have 7 inches of snow at my place off the Axton Rd in North Bellingham and it’s still coming down. Stay safe and warm today.

Waterfront Real Estate Oppurtunities in Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Whatcom County is a majestic place where the beauty of the surrounding nature, in particular Bellingham Bay, have inspired much of the architectural design there. The county hugs the saltwater from the Southwest along Chuckanut Drive to the Northwest border at Blaine’s Drayton Harbor. Waterfront properties are in abundance along this coastline and offer an array of locations to work the body and nourish the soul. Select from one of the communities listed below to learn more about the area and real estate available there. Search for all Waterfront Real Estate in Bellingham and Whatcom County on our website here, sign up to receive new listings via email or search from the list below:

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Eliza Island Waterfront Real Estate
This private island escape is just a boat or plane ride from Bellingham. Tranquil and serene, Eliza Island is a is tranquil, Eliza Island is ideal for a weekend getaway or a permanent escape from city dwelling.

Lummi Island Waterfront Real Estate
A short ferry ride from Gooseberry Point will take you to Lummi Island. This wooded, rural island offers unspoiled natural beauty and is a favorite weekend escape among Whatcom County locals. Beachfront homes here boast spectacular views of Hales Passage, Mt. Baker and the City of Bellingham.

Sandy Point Waterfront Real Estate
This lovely waterfront community is breathtaking. Views of Mt. Baker and The Twin Sisters dominate the skyline to the east, while westward facing homes look out toward the Straight of Georgia and the San Juan Islands.

Birch Bay Village Waterfront Real Estate
Birch Bay Village is nestled between the rustic and charming cities of Blaine and Birch Bay. This gated community is truly an urban retreat, complete with private marina, golf course, club house, pool and other convenient amenities.

Drayton Harbor Waterfront Real Estate
This picturesque village is located just South of the Canadian Border and north of Semiahmoo. Characteristic of its neighboring communities, Drayton Harbor’s residents share unprecedented views and an uncommon proximity to the surrounding nature and wildlife.

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If you have specific questions about waterfront communities around Bellingham feel free to give us a call toll free at 1-888-713-3056

FREE No Obligation Bellingham Home Value Report

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FREE No Obligation Home Value Report for your Bellingham or Whatcom County Home

Have you noticed sale pending and sold signs on homes in your neighborhood? Does all this activity in the Bellingham and Whatcom County real estate markets have you curious what your home might be worth?

The Bellingham real estate market is active and can sometimes be hard to keep up with . That’s why we are here to help. The Johnson Team is pleased to offer a FREE no obligation online home value report  to help you learn you home’s value.

Visit our real estate value estimator tool, fill out information about your home or real estate and have a detailed home value report emailed directly to you within 24 hours.  If you have immediate question about real estate don’t hesitate to contact us toll free at 1-888-713-3056 or via email at Info@JohnsonTeamRealEstate.com

Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District

A true gem of Bellingham is the historic Fairhaven District. Rich with historical charm and modern day flare it’s sure not to disappoint!

Fairhaven was originally founded in 1889 and is a lovely historic district located on Bellinghams South side. Originally one of four pioneer settlements on Bellingham Bay which later merged to become the City of Bellingham. The neighborhood is best known for its beautifully preserved historical buildings, sixteen on which are on the state and federal historic register.

Residents of Fairhaven are intensely proud of their community and have taken great care in preserving the charm and pleasure of their neighborhood. Currently there are many building projects taking place in Fairhaven, but you will notice each and every project retains that original Fairhaven touches that make it a special place

Fairhaven Neighborhood Real Estate

Housing in Fairhaven ranges from newer condominiums, old historical homes and everything in between. Fairhaven is known for it’s charm and buildings located within the heart of the Fairhaven Neighborhood must comply with the architectural & historical regulations of the neighborhood.

Fairhaven Map Search

To view a map of the Fairhaven neighborhood and search for properties located within the area of Fairhaven click the link above.

Fairhaven Photos

The streets of the Fairhaven Neighborhood couldn’t get more visually appealing with the brick lined streets and historical building, cafes, bookstore and galleries, there is always some to look at. Click the link about to view photos taken from the neighborhood.

Fairhaven Schools

Children who live within the Fairhaven Neighborhood attend either Larrabee or Lowell Elementary Schools. Middle School aged children attend Fairhaven Middle School and High School Students attend Sehome High School.

For more information on Bellingham or real estate in the area don’t hesitate to contact The Johnson Team toll free @ 1-888-713-3056.

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It’s Never To Early To Start Spring Cleaning

Spring CleaningI don’t know about you but I would much rather clean the house and do maintenance inside when the weather outside is dreary.  February is a great time to get a jump start on Spring cleaning while not missing out on wonderful weather outside.  Below are some tips to help you get ahead of the game and make sure you home is in prime shape for the coming Spring and Summer.

– Replace dirty air filters in your furnace or over range microwave.

– Clean refrigerator condenser coils to ensure proper energy use.

-Fall and Winter can bring a lot of dirt into the home be sure and clean out door tracts and window sills and lubricate any hinges or rollers that may need it.

– Check behind your washer and dryer to make sure all hoses all properly connected and there is no hiding leaks you may not have noticed.

– Check your bathtub caulking and re-caulk where you deem necessary.

Just think when Spring comes around you will be outside enjoying the fresh Spring air since you will already be ahead of the Spring cleaning game.