How To Handle Maintenance During COVID-19

How To Handle Maintenance During COVID-19

Like most people, a contingency plan for a pandemic like Coronavirus might not have been part of your protocols as a landlord. However, when a crisis hits, your ability to bounce back right away and respond promptly helps ease your tenants’ anxiety.

You should practice excellent management in a time like this, when your renters need you most. How can one achieve this? We here at T-Square Properties have written this article to give you some ideas on what measures to take.

Tips for Handling Maintenance in a Crisis

#1. It’s vital to stay in communication with your tenants.

You must understand that a reassuring message coming from you can make all the difference to your tenants. It’s important to let them know that maintenance services will still be offered during this difficult period. Your reliability will be highlighted in this crisis, and knowing they can count on you will lead to more loyal renters.

Establish safety measures when dropping by a tenant’s unit. This sends the message that you care for their well-being. While essential maintenance duties may still need to continue, there’s no reason to forgo sanitary practices.

Your tenants will also appreciate if you send them useful information as a good resource. It shows you’re looking after their health and safety as well. Providing reminders on how to practice sanitation is another way to send the same message, too.

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Even in the midst of COVID-19, emergencies still happen. Since many tenants will be staying home due to the virus, your property needs to stay safe and comforting in this distressing period. Make sure to send them a message, letting them know that you’re within reach if needed. You should prioritize quickly responding to all calls and emails.

Now is the time to prove to your tenants that their decision to rent your property was the best move. It also cements your relationship, and shows that you are a landlord who can be depended upon in dire situations.

 

#2. Implement maintenance precautions for everyone’s safety.

When you have to send in maintenance professionals to your tenants’ units, remind them to observe proper hygiene measures, specifically by washing their hands before entering the property. Always ask the workers to carry soap, hand sanitizers or hygienic wipes with them when working.

Using gloves is a sanitary way to perform a maintenance job, so remind your maintenance staff to always wear fresh ones when entering your property. Remind them that it’s also important to discard used gloves properly to avoid contamination.

It’s also essential for them to keep their working area clean and to have them wear masks, PPEs or shoe covers while performing their job.

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Never allow a sick maintenance contractor to work, and always have a ready replacement. This will help control the risk of spreading the virus. If a tenant requests for an emergency repair, the maintenance worker you send should be completely healthy.

#3. Be sure to have your own set of supplies ready.

When your maintenance worker needs to conduct repairs in your property, you should be ready with the essentials. As a landlord, you should have masks, alcohol wipes, sanitizers and gloves. You never know when you yourself might need to enter your tenant’s home with a contractor.

Always be prepared so you’re ready to visit a renter and attend to the different property needs. This is also for your own safety. It’s a given that even in this pandemic, you’ll be in contact with a number of residents, especially if you’re self-managing multiple properties.

Things to think about when receiving service requests during COVID-19

  1. Consider having a phone call to walk a tenant through the repair problem, if it’s minor.
  2. Weigh the essential versus non-essential repairs so you can prioritize the urgent cases.
  3. Consider the presence of children and seniors in the property when sending maintenance staff. You’ll need to advise the repair staff to be even more cautious in this case.
  4. Inform your tenants and reduce their anxieties by telling them the initiatives and precautions you’re taking while maintenance work is being done.
  5. Inform the tenants beforehand (especially if they’re working from home) that maintenance work will be conducted and there may be noise. Advise the maintenance contractor to minimize noise when a tenant is working from home.

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Bottom Line

As a landlord managing your own rental property, it’s especially challenging right now to carry out your duties. You need to communicate with your tenants in a clear manner, be on top of things and practice good hygiene for your safety and that of your tenants. If there’s repair work to be handled, you should make sure that the workers are also practicing good hygiene and taking safety measures.

This added layer of precautions and stress could take its toll on you. You might find it easier to hire a property manager to handle your property while you focus on your own well-being.

Property managers have adequate resources, efficient protocols and an experienced maintenance team that will save you a lot of time, money and resources. You may find hiring one invaluable during this stressful COVID-19 period. Standards must be strict since COVID-19 is highly contagious and there’s currently no cure or vaccine.

If you need support from a professional property manager in King & Snohomish County, contact T-Square Properties today at 425.485.1800 or Info@TSquareManagement.com.

How to Protect Your Rental Property

How to Protect Your Rental Property

As a landlord, you should do your best to find tenants who will take good care of your rentals. By doing so, you can maintain the value of your property and extend the life expectancy of your appliances and other home components. 

However, realistically speaking, not all tenants are will take the necessary steps to care for the property. For this reason, you should be proactive to minimize the occurrences and gravity of damage to your rental. 

Keep reading to learn some proactive tips that can help you lessen the impact of tenant damages to your rental. 

1. Be proactive about maintaining your property.

No one will care more about your property than you. Knowing this, you must take the necessary steps to ensure your property stays in its best condition. This will allow you to ensure that your property is marketable throughout the years whether the economy is booming or in a period of a slump. You can accomplish this by incorporating the following practices into your routine: 

Conduct regular inspections with a checklist.

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When conducting regular property inspections, keep a checklist to ensure that you don’t forget essential areas. This is the most efficient way for you to keep a record of your inspections.    Primarily, you will want to look for deferred maintenance items that may require attention during the Tenant’s occupancy.  These will typically include looking for: 

  • Slow water leaks around all plumbing fixtures
  • Broken Caulking around tub and shower enclosures
  • Inoperable or disabled Smoke and CO detectors
  • Any apparent lease violations such as smoking, unauthorized pets, or unauthorized roommates

By proactively checking for these deferred maintenance items you are minimizing your exposure to the possibility of expensive repairs.   

Be vigilant during tenant move-ins and move-outs

Often property damage takes place during tenant move-ins and move-outs. As a property owner, encourage your tenants to use furniture sliders. This can reduce the damage you face to your floor, carpets, and walls.  

2. Be thorough during tenant screening.

When interviewing prospective tenants, keep an eye out for red flags. Tenant screening can reveal potential problems so that you can prevent them from ruining your property. When screening a prospective tenant, you should make sure to do the following things:

Evaluate the applicant’s rental history

Check to see if the prospective tenant changes rentals every few months. Make sure to learn why they do this as they may be trying to escape facing the consequences of property damage. You can verify the real reason by checking with their previous rental owners. This is a sensible way to learn if the prospect can be relied upon to take good care of your rental unit.

Always run a criminal background check

To ensure that your other tenants and your property are safe, running a background check is important.

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You don’t want your rental home to become damaged or the center for illegal activities. You also don’t want to risk sheltering a criminal in your rental unit or becoming an accessory to their criminal activities in any way.

Check if they have an eviction record

If a prospect has been previously evicted from a rental you’ll want to find out why. They may have caused serious property damage to the home. In this case, you’ll want to avoid having them on your property as they are more likely to do this again. This will save you from having to evict them from your property as well

3. Encourage tenant accountability when it comes to property maintenance

Emphasize the importance of taking care of the rental unit to your tenants. You can do this in a variety of ways: 

Ask for a security deposit

To incentivize the tenant to cause as little damage as possible, a security deposit is a great incentive. Make sure that this is high enough to warrant the desire to obtain a refund in full. If it’s too low, it will defeat the purpose since the tenant will not care much if it’s returned or not.

Include clear maintenance policies in your lease

Carefully outline your tenant’s maintenance duties in the lease agreement. This way,  they can’t claim they didn’t know their responsibilities. Include who is in charge of repairs to avoid conflicts.

Develop a respectful relationship with your tenants

Tenants are much more likely to take care of the property if they have a good relationship with you.

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Focus on building a good relationship with your tenants for this reason. Look after the rental unit well out of genuine respect for you is even better than them doing so just out of obligation.

Conclusion

Trusting your tenants to lessen property damage out of a sense of duty is a hopeful sentiment. However, it’s not a good strategy. To protect your property, encourage your tenants to report all property damage and necessary maintenance.  

Rather than allowing problems to fester in the background, you’ll be able to meet them head-on. Additionally, your proactive approach is key in keeping your rental property attractive in the years to come.

For more help with maintaining the value of your rental property, consider hiring a professional property manager. At T-Square Properties, we inspect for and conduct preventative maintenance to make sure that our client’s properties are always in their best shape. Contact us to learn how we can do the same for you!

Squatters Rights: Washington State Law Overview

Squatters Rights: Washington State Law Overview

In the state of Washington, squatters can legally claim ownership to a property through adverse possession. Adverse possession is a legal doctrine that allows someone who possesses another person’s property for a certain amount of time to legally claim ownership of the property. 

To prevent a squatter from taking over ownership of your property, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the Washington landlord-tenant law as well as squatters’ rights. This will help you prevent squatters from entering your property and help you navigate the situation if you do end up with squatters.  

What is a squatter? 

A squatter is a person that starts living in someone else’s property without the owner’s consent. Besides not having any legal ownership rights to the property, a squatter also doesn’t pay rent to live on the property. Typically, squatters will occupy properties that are unoccupied, abandoned or have been foreclosed upon. 

What is the difference between squatting and trespassing? 

It’s easy to confuse squatting and trespassing, but it’s important to note that they are not legally the same thing. Unlike trespassing, squatting is a civil matter, not a criminal offense. Squatting will only become a criminal offense once the property owner has discovered their presence and made it known that they need to leave the property.

When does a holdover tenant become a trespasser? 

Holdover tenants are renters who refuse to leave the property once the term of their lease agreement has expired. They are also known as tenants at sufferance.

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If the landlord allows them to stay, the tenant will be responsible for continuing to uphold the terms of their existing or previous lease agreement. They will be living at the will of the landlord, however, which means they can be evicted at any time and the landlord does not have to provide them any notice.  

If the landlord doesn’t allow them to stay after their lease term expires but they refuse to leave, the landlord can file an unlawful detainer lawsuit against them. At that point, the holdover tenant will be considered a criminal trespasser. Once they become a trespasser, they will no longer be able to make an adverse possession claim to the property. 

What is color of title? 

Color of title means that the ownership a person has over the property isn’t considered regular. Regular ownership means that the person who is claiming ownership of the property has acquired the property through the typical legal process. In the case of color of title, the person claiming ownership of the property is usually lacking one or more of the necessary legal documents to claim ownership. 

Do squatters need to pay property taxes? 

Yes, squatters must pay property taxes for at least 7 uninterrupted years while occupying the property. If they cannot prove that they have done so, they cannot make a legal claim of ownership to the property. 

What conditions must squatters meet to lay claim to the property? 

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In Washington, a squatter can lay a claim of ownership to a property after occupying it for 7 continuous years. However, this is only one of the conditions they must meet to make a legal claim to the property. They must also meet the following requirements: 

  • They must be able to make a hostile claim to the property.

Squatters must be able to make what is referred to as a ‘hostile’ claim to the property. In a legal sense, ‘hostile’ takes one of the following three meanings: 

  1. Simple occupation. In this definition, the term ‘hostile’ is defined to mean a mere occupation of the land. The trespasser is not obligated to know who the actual property owner is. Most states follow this definition of a ‘hostile’ claim. 
  2. Awareness of trespassing. Unlike the first definition, this definition requires that the trespasser has an awareness of their criminal actions. They must know that they are committing a criminal offense by living on the property. 
  3. Good faith mistake. In this definition, the trespasser is assumed to have made an innocent mistake in occupying the property. They could have relied on an irregular document, such as an invalid or incorrect deed. Only a handful of states follow this definition.
  • They must have exclusive possession of the land. 

A squatter will not be able to make a successful adverse possession claim if they cannot prove that they have had exclusive possession of the property. This means that they cannot have shared the property with anyone else, such as other squatters, tenants, or even the property owner. 

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  • They must have open & notorious possession of the property. 

Under this requirement, the squatter must have publicly occupied the property. They cannot have hidden the fact that they were living on the property from anyone.

  • They must have actual possession of the property

A squatter cannot make a claim of adverse possession if they haven’t actually possessed the property. They must occupy the property, regardless of whether it’s a legal occupation at the time or not. They can prove that they have done this by beautifying, maintaining, or improving the property. 

How to evict a squatter in Washington state:

Unlike many other states, property owners in Washington can remove squatters simply by involving the police. To do this, they need to provide the police with a declaration form. This is a legal document that states that: 

  • The person filing the declaration form is the property owner or their representative. 
  • The person staying at the property has no legal authority to do so. 
  • The property was not abandoned when the squatter started living on it. 
  • The person filing out the form understands that it is illegal to provide false information. 

They will then allow the alleged squatter to present their case on their rights to the property. If the squatter fails to present a convincing case, the police will remove them from the property. They may end up facing charges for criminal trespassing as well. 

To get a declaration form, please click here

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How to protect your property from squatters:

  • Regularly inspect the property.
  • Pay your property taxes.
  • Secure all entrances of the property if you aren’t living there.
  • Place signs around the property indicating “No Trespassing”.
  • Seek the help of the police as soon as you notice the presence of squatters on the property. 
  • Hire an experienced property management company. 

Conclusion

At T-Square Properties, we are well-versed in Washington state laws. If you hire us, we’ll work to ensure your property is cared for and occupied by a top-quality tenant so you won’t ever have to face the issue of having squatters. Contact us today for more information! 

Note:  This post is not intended to provide legal advice but rather practical advice from a property management perspective.  Legal advice should always be provided by an attorney.

9 Best Parks in Bellevue, Washington

9 Best Parks in Bellevue, Washington

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Bellevue is the third-largest city in the state of Washington. It lies just east of Seattle across the waters of Lake Washington. This gorgeous city offers all the attractions that a city like Seattle can offer but with a luxurious, small-town vibe. 

If you are looking to live near nature, Bellevue is the best place for you. The city has many things to do, including green spaces and recreational parks for its residents to enjoy. Here are some of the best parks in Bellevue and the amenities that they offer:

Park #1: Bellevue Downtown Park

Bellevue Downtown Park is a 21-acre green oasis located right in the heart of Bellevue. It is walking distance from the Bellevue Square Mall. Whether you want to relax on a bench, go for a morning jog, have a picnic with friends, or simply walk your dog, Bellevue Downtown Park is the perfect location. 

Perhaps the most iconic feature of the park is the whopping 240-foot wide water feature that cascades into a reflecting pond. Bellevue Downtown Park also has a delightful stretch of lawn space where you can barbecue with Bellevue’s skyline and Mount Rainier in the background. 

Park #2: Newcastle Beach Park

Located on the shores of Lake Washington, Newcastle Beach Park is Bellevue’s largest beach park. It is particularly popular with young children because it features a bright train toy and a large sandy beach for them to play on. The park has three picnic areas for reservation and one shelter, ideal for groups looking to picnic or barbecue.

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Newcastle Beach Park also has sunbathing options, a nature trail, and a swimming pool. Whether you are looking to throw a birthday party for your children or host a family reunion, the 300-feet of Newcastle Beach Park is sure to have something for you. 

Park #3: Robinson Community Park 

Robinson Community Park has a wide variety of amenities: a tennis center, walking trails, an animal corral, a barn, athletic fields, a pond, open fields, and the historical Robinswood House. It also has a children’s play area, 2 soccer fields, a baseball field, a picnic area, and ten wooded acres with hiking paths. Robinson Community Park has something to please everyone!

Park #4: Entai Beach Park

The Entai Beach Park is the gateway to Lake Washington and the water trails of Mercer Slough Nature Park. This park has a picnic area, a boathouse, a swimming dock, and seasonal canoe and kayak rentals. It also has a playground, an open lawn, and a sandy beach. 

The location of Entai Beach Park is not easy to find because it’s out of the way. It’s located under the I-90 bridge, but be sure you have detailed instructions on how to get there.  

Park #5: Mount Rainier National Park

On clear days, you can see Mount Rainier from Bellevue. Ascending 14,410 feet above sea level, the Mount Rainier National Park is an iconic aspect of the Washington Landscape. It is located in northeast Lewis County and southeast Pierce County.

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Mount Rainier is an active volcano and the most glaciated peak in the United States. It has 5 major rivers, including West Fork, Mowich, Puyallup, and Nisqually. The park has stunning hiking trails, mountain meadows, and waterfalls. The closest route from Bellevue is the Northwest Carbon River Entrance, although the Southwest Nisqually Entrance is usually the more popular option. 

Park #6: Meydenbauer Beach Park 

Meydenbauer Beach Park is a hidden gem that was significant in the history of Bellevue. It is located in the shores of Lake Washington, which also happens to be the landing point of ferries running from Seattle. 

The park was redesigned in 2017 and expanded from 2.5 acres to 10 acres along the shores of Lake Washington. It has a beach house, a children’s play area, several picnic areas, a swimming beach, terraces for pedestrian walkways, and a 400-foot curved pier extending into the bay. Meydenbauer Beach Park is located close to Bellevue Square, just down the street from the major shopping district and only a block away from Pagliacci Pizza. 

Park #7: Bellevue Botanical Garden

Bellevue Botanical Garden is a wonderful place to experience the natural world of the Pacific Northwest. It has 53-acres of natural wetlands, restores woodlands, and cultivated gardens with trails weaving throughout them. 

Park #9: Clyde Beach Park

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Clyde Beach Park is a 2.2-acre park that is conveniently located right off of Lake Washington. It features a play area, a picnic area, a boathouse, and a designated swimming area. Clyde Beach Park is great for families!

Conclusion: Best Parks in Bellevue

Whether you live in Bellevue or are just visiting, there are a number of great parks in and near the city for you to check out while you’re there. With the variety of different amenities each park offers, there’s one that is sure to please everyone. Read about the features of each one above and pick the one that’s best and most convenient for you. 

What are your favorite parks in Bellevue? 

Should I Allow Tenants to Paint my Rental Property

Should I Allow Tenants to Paint my Rental Property

Many property owners choose to paint their rentals in neutral colors such as in shades of gray or white. This is because these colors have mass appeal, they are easy to maintain, and they work with many different design schemes.

That said, you may have tenants who wish to repaint the property in another color. When this happens, you have to decide whether or not you will allow them to do so.

In this article, we are going over the pros and cons of allowing tenants to paint the property, as well as other important points to note.

Do Landlords Have Painting Responsibilities?

As a property owner, you are required to keep the property safe and habitable. When the painted walls become unsanitary, it’s your job to repaint the walls and restore a healthy environment inside the rental.

If your tenants want to repaint the walls in a different color for aesthetic reasons, this is not allowed. However, if your walls are painted with lead-containing paint, your tenants may request for you to replace the paint. That’s because, when lead is involved, the situation stops revolving around aesthetics.

Should you Allow your Tenants to Paint?

Often, if tenants want to change the wall color in the rental property, they won’t ask you to do it. Instead, they will want to do it themselves.

There are 3 ways you can respond to this type of request:

#1: NO – Don’t Allow them to Paint the Property

If you don’t want to deal with the stress of having your tenants repaint the unit, you may politely and respectfully say no.

If you want to give your renters another option, you may allow them to use removable wallpaper instead of paint to change the wall colors. This type of wallpaper isn’t supposed to leave traces or damage once it’s removed. That said, be wary. There are numerous stories posted online that show that this isn’t always the case.

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If you have high-quality tenants, chances are they will understand your decision. Be sure to explain your reasoning in a polite and friendly manner.

#2: YES – But Under Certain Conditions

You can allow your tenants to paint the property while establishing certain conditions beforehand.

Here are some ideas for your paint policy:

  • No woodwork. You could forbid your renters from painting wooden surfaces. Painting wood requires a correct technique and it’s easy to create substandard results without proper knowledge.
  • Color agreement. You must agree on the suitable colors before the tenant paints the unit. You don’t want to be surprised by your tenant when they unveil the new color design in your rental property.
  • Repainting fee. You can charge a repainting free. However, be sure that it’s allowed in your state or locality. This fee covers the repainting that you’ll likely have to do when the renter vacates the unit.

#3: YES – Allow Them to Paint the Property

If you trust your tenant, you can agree to let them paint your property without any conditions. While this is a risky move, giving them a resounding “yes” makes sense in some situations.

For instance, if you’re certain that these tenants are long-term renters, allowing them to paint the unit isn’t a bad idea.

Even if you agree to an unconditional yes, you should still agree on the colors before they start painting. Similarly, you should make sure that they use high-quality paint and have at least some prior experience with interior painting.

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What Happens if your Tenant Paints without Permission?

The worst-case scenario involves your tenants painting the property without your permission. Your lease agreement should have a clear clause in it that outlaws such activities.

If they break the lease through illicit painting activities, you can deduct repainting costs from their security deposit. That said, if the tenant repaints the unit back to the exact same color scheme before vacating the property, you may not have the legal right for any deductions.

The Final Word: Tenants Painting Your Rental Property

Your tenants may insist that they want a color change in your property. It’s likely that they will offer to conduct the painting job themselves. Such situations have three possible approaches that you can take as a landlord.

  1. You can unconditionally allow them to paint the rental. This decision comes with a set of risks. Your renters may not have the proper experience to carry out a high-quality paint job. Roller bumps, paint on trim, and paint spills can seriously decrease the appeal of your property.
  2. You could set specific conditions that they have to meet in order to paint your property. For instance, you have to agree on the colors and if it’s legal in your area, you could charge a repainting fee from them. Still, these conditions won’t mitigate the risks of a bad paint job.
  3. Since you don’t have any responsibility to allow them to paint your property, you can always opt for a strict no. But when you have a hard time finding new tenants or the particular renters seem like a perfect long-term match, denying them the painting could financially backfire.

If you have further inquiries, feel free to contact T-Square Real Estate Services, Inc. today!

The Pros and Cons of Living in Bellevue Washington

The Pros and Cons of Living in Bellevue Washington

Bellevue is the 5th largest city in Washington. It’s also regularly labeled as one of the best places to live. Surrounded by lovely parks and recreational waterfronts, Bellevue lives up to its name, French for “beautiful view”.

Residents and visitors alike enjoy being in Bellevue for many reasons. However, as with every city, there are also downsides to living in Bellevue. T-Square Properties has made this list to help you decide if living in Bellevue, WA is right for you. 

Pros of Living in Bellevue, WA

1. Weather 

Bellevue is blessed with a moderate climate. This translates to having little snow in the winter, and extreme weather is practically non-existent. On the other hand, there are plenty of rainy days in the summer. July and August are the warmest months in Bellevue while December and January are the coldest.

2. Employment and Economy

Young professionals are often drawn to Bellevue since it’s home to several big employers such as the Bellevue School District, Bellevue College and Overlake Hospital Medical Center. Popular businesses like Boeing, Microsoft and T-Mobile also have operations here. The technology industry is booming in this city, with plenty of companies starting offices here.

3. Transportation 

In Bellevue, the transportation system is also superior, with plenty of options to move around. There are light rail commuter lines, biking lanes and buses. In fact, ride-sharing is encouraged in this city. Another unique but efficient mode of transportation in Bellevue is a water taxi.

4. Housing Market

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If you’re planning a move to Bellevue, there are many neighborhoods to choose from that offer different lifestyles. For those who prefer a country style of living, you can choose to live in the Bridle Trails neighborhood where woods and pastures are abundant.

If you’re more into a contemporary city life, you can opt to live in a mixed area setting where shops and offices are combined for accessibility and convenience. These neighborhoods include West Bellevue and Downtown. 

Furthermore, Bellevue neighborhoods are safe & diverse.

5. Business-Friendly

A highly-educated workforce combined with a superior quality of living makes downtown Bellevue, Washington ripe for startup businesses. It’s particularly friendly to the technology business sector, making this city a compelling location for entrepreneurs. 

It is also a great place to buy an investment rental property. Click here to read more about property management in Bellevue, Washington.

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6. Part of 100 Best Places to Live

Earning the 10th spot on a list of 100 cities, Bellevue scored high in terms of livability. Thanks to its quality schools, diversity, walkability and plethora of outdoor recreational activities, Bellevue is consistently voted as one of the best cities to live. Culture-wise, Bellevue also has a wealth of art and music venues, festivals and museums available to nourish your cultural needs and interests.

7. Cuisine

When it comes to dining experiences, Bellevue ranks at the top. Whatever your cravings are, there’s bound to be something for you. If you are fond of going on gastronomic adventures and exploring global cuisines, Bellevue is the place to be, as there are plenty of choices to choose from. There’s also a range of options for every budget. You can try fancy dining places, food trucks, food stalls and local restaurants that cater to families.

If you prefer to cook on your own, Bellevue also has popular local farmers’ markets where you can have your pick of organic ingredients. The Bellevue Farmers’ Market aims to provide support to local family farms. You can stock up on delectable local honey, cheeses and meats. They also offer an array of fresh fruits, vegetables and seafood.

8. People 

Another great thing about staying in Bellevue is its diversity and friendly population of about 147,599 people. Additionally, most Bellevue residents are well-educated and have earned a college degree or higher.

9. Cultural Entertainment

As mentioned earlier, residents in Bellevue can enjoy multiple parks in the area. In fact, there are over 30 parks to choose from, along with botanical gardens, beaches and golf courses.

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You’ll never run out of things to do, whether you’re in the mood to shop or eat or see a cultural performance. There are numerous exhibits and programs you can check out at Bellevue Arts Museum.

Parks in Bellevue:

  • Bellevue Downtown Park
  • Chandler Park
  • Clyde Beach Park
  • Evergreen Park
  • Ivanhoe Park
  • Lakemont Community Park and Highlands Park
  • Hidden Valley Sports Park
  • Newcastle Beach Park
  • Lewis Creek Park

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Cons of Living in Bellevue, WA

1. Traffic

bellevue pros and cons

Traffic congestion can be frustrating to residents in car-centric Bellevue. Luckily, you can choose to bike or walk to your destination since Bellevue’s transportation options are plentiful. If you work in nearby Seattle, you’re in luck; the commute from Bellevue, Washington to Seattle is only a few miles.

The natural environment also makes the walking option more attractive. Residents can also take advantage of the excellent transit system in the city.

2. Overcrowded Schools

Since the population of Bellevue is quite large, the schools can be overcrowded and competitive. District officials, however, have provided solutions and implemented a maximum for general education classrooms.

Thus, overcrowding is being managed by officials who are always working to address this issue as the population grows year after year.

3. High Cost of Living

With plenty of major businesses and progressive development going on, the Bellevue, Washington cost of living is naturally quite high. As a more upscale city, rent prices and house prices can be more expensive in contrast to other cities.

However, Bellevue also offers plenty of free things to do so it does not cost a lot to entertain yourself around the city.

These are some of the benefits and drawbacks of Bellevue living. This list is not extensive and nothing can replace the experience of living and discovering the interesting things this city has to offer.

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