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SCHOOLS

From the Salish Sea to the Olympic Mountains, Port Townsend is surrounded by natural beauty that informs learning in the Port Townsend School District. Port Townsend School District serves approximately 1,200 students in grades pre-K-12.

Grant Street Elementary serves children Pre-K to grade 3 and is the home of OPEPO (Grades 1-5) and the K-12 Ocean Program.

Blue Heron School serves students in grades 4-8.

Port Townsend High School serves students in grades 9-12.

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Brian is first and foremost a family man and really enjoys spending time with his wife and their two beautiful daughters. He will be the first to tell you that he really enjoys a good meal, and he loves to explore new and exciting places to eat. He also enjoys the outdoors and spending as much time as possible with his friends & family.

 

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What is a home warranty

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Learn About Home Warranties

Buying or selling your home can be stressful, especially if one of your home’s systems or appliances breaks down unexpectedly. A home warranty covers costly home repairs and replacements due to normal wear and tear. It’s not your homeowner’s insurance policy; a home warranty is a separate contract covering repairs and replacements on systems in your home, usually for a period of one year.

Home warranties cover many, but not all, of your home’s appliances and systems. Contract costs and coverage can vary widely, so always compare before purchasing. Home warranties cover many of your home’s crucial systems and appliances, but they must be in working order before the contract is entered into with the warranty company. Make sure you have reviewed your contract and coverage before you need it to understand what is covered and what is not. When you buy a home warranty, consider premium and optional coverage to customize the plan to fit your needs.

When a home warranty is understood and utilized for its intended purposes, it can be the easiest way to save on home repairs and reduce the extra stress that comes with buying or selling a home.

What is the Trade Call Fee for?

This is a small fee the homeowner pays in order to have the service contractor come to their home to diagnose a problem. This fee covers the visit and the amount is clearly stated on every contract.

Will Every Breakdown be Covered?

Not all breakdowns are covered. Our contract details out, section by section, what is covered in each plan and option and what is not. HWA’s helpful videos help explain the different levels of coverage. To learn more, our sample contracts are also online for review under our Costs & Coverage areas. For questions, contact us at our toll-free number or email info@HWAHomeWarranty.com.

How Do Homeowners Request Service?

Simply call one of our toll-free numbers, which is clearly printed on the contract and on our website. The main toll-free number is 1-888-492-7359. Clients in California call 1-888-325-5143. Claim requests can also be made through our website just by clicking the Request Service link on the top of the page. HWA takes service requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Keeping Up with Customer Satisfaction

At HWA, we survey each of our customers after a claim experience to catch any problem they may be experiencing. We report these results daily and adapt and change to improve all of our operational areas for our valued customers.

What is the difference between home insurance and a home warranty?

Home insurance and home warranties are both designed to help you in the event that you experience loss or damage to your home and/or your belongings. A typical home insurance policy covers many things including the structure of your home, personal belongings, and other structures on your property if damage or loss is caused by a covered peril.

A home warranty, on the other hand, offers repairs and replacements for your covered home appliances and systems only that fail due to normal wear and tear – which a homeowner’s insurance policy does not. A home warranty is a contract, not a policy.

Let’s look at a few examples:

Claim

Coverage

A hail storm rips through your community and causes damage to your roof. Homeowners Insurance. A standard homeowner’s policy covers damages caused by hail for the structure of your home.
You wake up one morning and find your central AC has stopped working due to normal wear and tear. Home Warranty. A home warranty typically provides coverage for air conditioning units and other home appliances/systems if they fail due to normal wear and tear.
A cooking fire in your kitchen damages the walls and ceiling in your kitchen. Homeowners Insurance. A standard homeowner’s policy covers damages caused by fire to the structure of your home.
Your oven stops working. Home Warranty. A home warranty typically provides coverage for a range/oven/cooktop and other home appliances/systems if they fail due to normal wear and tear. They must be in working order before the contract is purchased.
A wind storm blows a tree limb through your living room window. Homeowners Insurance. A standard homeowner’s policy covers damages caused by wind to the structure of your home.
You find your furnace is
no longer working.
Home Warranty. A home warranty typically provides coverage for heating systems/furnaces and other home appliances/systems if they fail due to normal wear and tear.

Gain peace of mind when purchasing a new house, or minimize post-sale conflict when selling your home by adding an HWA home warranty to your transaction. When the unexpected happens, HWA’s got you covered.

 

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What is an Easement

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Easements

Novice property buyers may ask themselves, what is an easement? A property easement is defined as a non-possessory right of one party to use or enter another party’s property. Another reason land surveys are crucial is that they determine where underground easements are. Easements often have restrictions on use that are important for landowners to know and understand.

Eric King of King Landscaping points out, “This might be a sewer easement, a storm water easement or an access easement. Knowing that an easement exists influences my landscape design.” If someone were to build a patio unknowingly on top of an easement, municipal employees subsequently have a right to tear up that same patio if it gets in their way, despite the fact that the homeowner has spent his or her money to have it built and will no doubt be distressed by the prospect.

Albert Marmero of Long Marmero and Associates agrees. “A cable company may have an easement to run lines through a small portion of your yard and you may be restricted from placing any permanent structures over that easement. Without a survey, you may never know this and you may violate the terms of an easement and be forced to remove a structure.”

“I am involved in a case right now where a property owner without a survey did not know the municipality had an easement on a portion of her property to extend sewer lines to adjacent properties. Now one of the adjacent properties is being developed but the property owner has placed a shed in the easement area. Now, the only way sewer lines can be extended is if the shed is removed. We are now negotiating with all parties as to a solution, but its clear the shed will have to be removed.”

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What is a Land Survey

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A land survey may be just what you need if you’re thinking about buying a new property with the intent to build on it.

Land surveys provide crucial information for home buyers, landscapers, property owners, and developers. These surveys are assessments you should consider before buying a piece of land. Surveys can help you understand exactly what you own, and where you may build, improve, or alter your lot. We’ve outlined several reasons why land surveys are crucial, how you should conduct one, and some stories that prove why land surveys can be so important.

Know Your Boundaries

A land survey assessment is officially defined by Eric King, ASLA of King Landscaping in Atlanta, as one “that shows property lines, the home itself and any hardscape areas like a driveway or sidewalk.” He adds that prospective land owners should “never buy a home without getting a survey.”

John Valachovic, Director of upstate NY-based Kaaterskill Associates, has been a surveyor for over 25 years, and has personally surveyed part of the Appalachian Trail. John assures that new owners need to know exactly how much property they are buying. “It reaffirms the owner’s claim to the amount of acreage they own and how the property is improved.”

Despite the fact that landowners often have to obtain permits to build on their property or risk fines, one’s neighbors may not bother with the lengthy process themselves. Landholders should therefore be aware of their estate’s boundaries and enforce them because otherwise they may lose a portion of their property. John tells a cautionary tale involving a boundary dispute between two landowners. While he was working on a survey, a neighbor came up and mentioned that his woodshed was likely over the property line. It later turned out that half the man’s barn had been constructed on the wrong parcel. Needless to say, the pair ended up in court over the issue.

“The entire problem could have been avoided if the neighbor had requested a survey when he bought the property or before he built a new structure.” John goes on to say, “our client never would have known how much property he was buying without a survey. There is a law of adverse possession which says if a person is using property for seven years and the owner never claims the property or requests the person stop, the property can go to the one who has been using it. Although property legally changing hands due to this law is a long and difficult process, it is possible to lose land if a person is unaware of their own property lines.”

Paul Cones, President of legal resource site CourthouseDirect.com puts it bluntly, “Obtaining a land survey when purchasing land or a home is important if you want to protect your investment.”

 

What is Land Survey

Improvements and Encroachment

When you’re planning to construct something on your property, Albert K. Marmero, Esq. at Long, Marmero & Associates, LLP, strongly recommends a land survey. “If the land or home buyer plans to erect any improvements (shed, fence, etc.) they will need to make sure they remain within their boundaries and they will likely need to provide a survey to the municipality when seeking a construction permit,” states Albert.

The same can be said from a “defensive” standpoint. “I have seen many cases where a neighbor’s fence, shed, etc slightly encroaches into another property. Without a survey, you will not know this and you will have no ability to seek removal of the encroachment.”

Paul Cones of CourthouseDirect.com asserts that conducting a land survey is an excellent way to protect one’s landholdings. The process helps “show where all structures are located on the property to make sure they do not encroach beyond property lines or into building lines…The surveyor will also look for any physical features that would indicate a pipeline or other potential encumbrances

How to Perform a Good Land Survey

Naturally, the easiest way to be sure any land survey is done correctly is to contact a professionally accredited surveyor. John Valachovic of Kaaterskill Associates says that prospective land owners should make certain that “the surveyor uses the filed records such as deeds and maps in conjunction with field measurements of the actual property” rather than using a municipality’s GIS mapping services or Google Earth to obtain information. Prospective landowners should also consider the reputation of those in their employ and how detailed the maps they have requested will need to be.

Eric King of King Landscaping further advises prospective landowners to “get a typical boundary survey that shows building setback lines on all four sides of the property. Also [get a] break down of all of the impervious surface elements that obstruct water from flowing directly into the ground.” This likely includes driveways, patios, air conditioning units, and the house.

“If you’re planning to do future work, ask the surveying company to show any trees and their caliber size on the plan. I typically have them show any tree six inches or greater in diameter. You also can request an optional topographical survey that shows contour lines and any elevation change across the property. You’ll only need that if you’re planning to do any changes in grading or retaining walls that you’ll need to show changes to the contour plans.”

He adds that, “surveys can cost from $350 to $1,000. [But] landscaping firms also can subcontract the work and add the cost into the total project cost, saving you time and effort.” Just like John, Eric strongly recommends looking up an established surveyor with good online customer reviews.

Conclusion

When purchasing a property, make sure to consider a land survey, especially before you build on the land. Feel free to reach out in the comments below.

What are CC&Rs

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CC&Rs” is an acronym commonly used in the homeowner association industry. It means “Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions.” It is used generically for any HOA rule or policy. But it’s more complicated than that.

If you buy a home (such as a single-family home, condo, or townhome) in a planned, covenanted community, you will most likely be required to be part of a homeowners’ association (HOA). The rules of the HOA community are outlined in what is called the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs). Read on find out what you need to know about CC&Rs if you are considering purchasing a home in a covenanted community or if you already live in one.

What Are Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs)?

The CC&Rs are the rules of your neighborhood. The goal of the CC&Rs is to protect, preserve, and enhance property values in the community. Most of the time, the rules make sense and are easy to accept. (For example, it is pretty easy to agree with a covenant that requires you to mow your lawn and keep it weed-free.)

However, other rules might interfere with your plans or seem downright unreasonable to you. For example, perhaps you want to park your car in the street and store your extra belongings in the garage. However, an HOA might require you to park your car in the garage. Or, perhaps you are counting on the fact that you will be able to fence the yard to contain your dog, but after reading the CC&Rs, you find out that the community doesn’t allow fences. Not to mention the fact that some HOA communities don’t allow certain sizes or particular breeds of dogs, which means that if you have a 120-pound Rottweiler, you might need to look at buying a home in a different neighborhood since changing the rules is usually difficult.

Likewise, if you’re planning a big project later on down the line (say painting your house a new color), you’ll need to check with the CC&Rs to make sure that the paint color you have chosen isn’t prohibited. (Learn more about this in Nolo’s article Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) and CC&Rs: Know What You’re Getting Into.)

Penalties for Violating the CC&Rs

When you close escrow on a home in a covenanted community, you will sign a series of papers, one of which states that you have read the CC&R’s and agreed to abide by them. (The HOA enforces the CC&Rs.) If you violate the CC&Rs, the penalties can include:

  • fines
  • forced compliance, or
  • the HOA may file a lawsuit.

For example, suppose you try to sneak your large Rottweiler into a community despite the rule limiting the maximum weight for pets to 30 pounds. In addition to fines, you could be forced to give up the dog or find a new place to live. For this reason, you really should read the CC&Rs before purchasing a home in a covenanted community. (Find out more about taking a closer look at what’s in your HOA’s governing and other relevant documents in Nolo’s article Before Buying: How to Read the CC&Rs or Homeowners’ Association (HOA) Documents.)

HOA Monthly Dues and Assessments

Homeowners residing in covenanted communities are required to pay monthly dues and assessments to the HOA. The types of dues, assessments, and penalties for non-payment (such as late charges and interest) can be found in the CC&Rs.

If you fall behind in those dues and assessments, the HOA can get a lien on your home, which could lead to a foreclosure. (Learn more about homeowners’ association liens and how they can be foreclosed in Nolo’s article HOA Liens & Foreclosures: An Overview.)

Residential Propane Tank

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Common Residential Propane Tank Sizes for Your Home

Posted by Chris Kauffman
| October 2014

Save and Fill up Less With the Right Size Propane Tank

Your propane needs change when your family grows, when the kids move out, when you purchase or replace propane appliances. If you don’t have the right size propane tank to meet your needs, you could be spending more than you need.

Choosing the right residential propane tank size that fits your home lifestyle will mean better savings and fewer fill ups during the year.

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Determine your tank size by home size, usage and climate

After your tank is installed, a trained technician will survey your home and usage to determine the appropriate size for you.

Factors to consider when choosing a tank size:

  • Square footage of home
  • Propane appliances installed
  • Total BTU load of all installed appliances

Available tank sizes

Important note-To allow for tank expansion, each tank is approximately filled 80% of total capacity.

100lb Tanks-Above Ground

A 100lb tank is typically used for mixed heating systems or residences with limited propane usage. This size tank is commonly used for cooking and drying clothes.

The height of this tank is 43” in height and 14.5’ in diameter. 23.6 gallons are held in this size.

100 lb propane tank

100lb propane tank

100 Gallon Tank-Above Ground

Smaller residences that rely on propane for house heating and gas cooking tend to purchase the 100 gallon tank.

The 100 gallon (not tank) is 52” high and 30 inches wide. You will need at least 100 gallon tank for whole house heating.

100 Gallon Propane Tank

100 gallon propane tank

500 Gallon Tank-Above Ground, Underground

A 500 gallon propane tank is an efficient option for larger homes (1,500 square feet or more) that use propane for several appliances.

Examples include: gas furnace, gas fireplaces, gas ranges, gas hot water heaters, and gas clothes dryers. 500 gallon tanks are 9’11 long and 37½” in diameter.

500 Gallon Propane Tank

500 gallon propane tank

1000 Gallon Tank-Above Ground, Underground

The 1000 gallon propane tank is most often used for large commercial businesses and the agricultural industry. If you purchase a 1000 gallon tank, you will have greater control as to when you need to fill your tank.

Large homes, farming equipment, and office heating are the common usages for this size tank. Each tank is 16’ 1½” long and 41” wide.

1000 Gallon Propane Tank

1000 gallon propane tank

Average consumption of propane appliances

Propane consumption will vary by how often you use them and their BTU load. Here is a look at how much propane is used by propane appliances on average.

Appliance Furnaces Clothes Dryers Gas Stove Ranges Hot Water Heaters Gas Fireplaces
BTU (per hour) 100,000 35,000 65,000 40,000 30,000
Gallons (annually) 500-1200 gallons 15-25 gallons 25-50 gallons 200-300 gallons 100-300 gallons