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7 Biggest Surprises by Out of Towners Relocating to Seattle

    1. House quality from home to home can be very different. It’s fairly common to see nicer 1M+ homes next to dumpier, run-down homes. With the exception of a few neighborhoods this is more the norm than the exception.
    2. Basement square feet is counted in with actual square feet. If you’re looking in Seattle, prepare for the basement ceiling height to feel relatively claustrophobic. Most “out of towners” are shocked when they see this.
  1. Seattle’s home photographers are incredible. Sometimes they’re almost too good to the point where the photos don’t represent the home’s real quality. Just keep in mind while home browsing that seeing homes in person can look very different than the photos.
  2. You call this a yard? If you haven’t lived in the city before, what we call yards might seem really sad to you. Think postage stamp, if you’re lucky to have a yard at all. On the positive side we do have an abundance of beautiful parks to make up for it.
  3. Most homes in Seattle don’t have air conditioning. Some of you are probably thinking “WHAT?” with a big gasp. Now hear me out on this. You typically need air conditioning only 5-7 days out of the year and most people can’t justify the cost for that low number of days. The good news is that if you wanted to install air conditioning it’s not too expensive in Seattle. Think 5K on average.
  4. Earthquake insurance is necessary and it can be expensive. Premiums are costly and the high deductible makes you wonder if the home is really worth it. If you buy a home built after 1980 your home will be earthquake retrofitted and therefore less expensive to insure. Brick homes have the highest insurance cost 3 times the cost of regular insurance since supposedly brick homes are the first to fall down in the event of an earthquake. My opinion, always insure and when in doubt over-insure rather than under-insure. You’ll appreciate it if something were ever to happen.
  5. Zillow can be a great resource for information, however their “Zestimates” are not accurate representations of home values. Also, the listing statuses on Zillow are often out of date. You may be falling in love with a home that sold a month ago.