Welcome to “Everything Woodinville”

This website was created to provide service to the community that I love so much.

Whether you are thinking about moving to Woodinville or you already call it home, this website is your go to resource for Everything Woodinville. The intent of this website is to compile all the needed information for residents and potential residents in the City of Woodinville into one place. My hope is that this website showcases the amazing people and beautiful places of Woodinville.

I intend to update the content and information often but would love to hear back from other residents or visitors to this site. I want this to be a resource that we can all use and I need your help to do that. Please contact me with any feedback or ideas you might have for the website. I would love to incorporate them. The residents of Woodinville are what make this city amazing, so please don’t hesitate to send your suggestions my way.

Additionally, for those of you that are considering Woodinville, you are also encouraged to contact me with ideas or information that you want included as well. We are a welcoming community and look forward to having you here.

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FYI: A Quick Look at Woodinville Police Report for 2016

Based on the 2016 Annual Police Services Report, it looks like Woodinville is headed in the right direction.

What’s Decreased?

  • Crimes like robbery, burglary, and aggravated assault decreased.
  • Forced entry residential burglaries declined from 18 in 2015 to 12 in 2016.
  • Car prowls on the decline
    • “Lock it to Stop it” campaign appears to be working.
      • Lock up your cars, roll up the windows, and take valuables out of your car if possible. Let’s limit the temptation for these types of crimes.

What’s Increased?

  • Non-forced entries
    • “This was based in large part to the series of burglaries committed at the Brittany Park facility. Approximately, 11 residential burglaries happened there over a very short time frame. Two suspects were arrested and charged with those crimes”. WE GOT EM! (and by we, I mean the police led by Detective Jaboe)
    • The rest of the non-forced burglaries occurred by way of open/unlocked garage doors, windows etcetera. Lock up your homes!

Workshops

  • Coming soon:
    • How to avoid becoming a victim of fraud/identity theft.
    • Personal Safety and Situational Awareness class- continued to due previous success and higher attendance.
  • Under Consideration:
    • A course taking a citizen through the investigative process of an officer involved shooting- This sounds interesting and like a good way to better understand the complexity of this issue!

Community Service

  • 5th year participating in the Shop with a Cop event
    • 94 kids from our city this year!
  • Tip a Cop event at the Red Robin to support the Special Olympics
  • Toys for Tots campaign with the United States Marine Corp for 12 years now.

 

Reference

Woodinville Police Department. 2016 Police Services Report. (2017, March 14). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/WoodinvillePD/posts/1494790767197913.

Ready to Remodel?

To make sure your remodel doesn’t turn into a regret, do your research.

Any improvements to your home should be done to maintain or increase value. Maintaining your home can include adding new roofing, fixing plumbing issues, or staying on top of your pest control measures. Finding ways to increase your home value can be a little trickier. This is where good research comes into play. Wise (2016) offers ideas on where to start with your research including determining if you need a permit, deciding to hire a professional or not, and finding a “good contractor”.

One of the biggest issues I have found is the problem of “out-pricing the market with fancy interiors” (Wise, 2016). Even if you are remodeling for your own needs, you have to remember that you will eventually sell your home. Unless you plan to remodel again or just love wasting time and money, I offer a few suggestions.

  • Don’t make your home one of a kind (changes you make to the home should be likely to bring more buyers not less); this doesn’t mean you should get rid of your homes character either.
  • Your home value is maxed out based on location, size, and community. Don’t add pricey interior upgrades unless it fits your neighborhood (Remember: Market value doesn’t usually include the fancy wallpaper you picked out).
  • Remodel your home in a way that will bring you the most return. These include updating bathrooms and kitchens, which are always important to buyers.

Are you ready to remodel now?

Reference

Wise, N. (2016, Jan 5). 5 Things You Didn't Know About Home Renovations. Retrieved from http://www.zillow.com/blog/5-things-about-renovations-190271/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=emm_0217_harrietmailhomerenovations_buttoncta&utm_medium=email

 

 

Add a Home Office Now!

As technology advances, so do the opportunities for workers to achieve work life balance. In particular, e-commuters, are creating demand for home offices (NW Reporter, January Placeholder Image2017). A great deal of buyers are looking for homes with a move-in ready office or one with the potential for an office space. Older homes were not initially designed with space for a home office (NW Reporter, January 2017). Work was work and home was home. Now we are looking for ways to integrate the two to eliminate some of the struggles associated with commuting to work. Some of those reasons include increasing traffic, high gas prices, and vehicle maintenance. All that time on the road could be better spent at home with the family, exercising at the gym, doing a hobby, or just having more time to relax.

If you are looking to sell your home, be aware of the change in what buyers are looking for. You can capitalize on this knowledge and put your home at the top of any buyers list and perhaps even get top dollar. You may even consider converting the formal dining room into an office depending on its location. Talk to a real estate professional for advice before making changes to maximize the impact that these projects will have on the final sale price of your home.

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