Moving with Pets

moving with pets

 

We love our pets, but unfortunately relocating causes many furry friends to be separated from their families each year. Fortunately, there are simple steps we can take to ensure all members of our family can move with us!

• As soon as you determine when you will be moving, be sure your pets are fitted with collars and ID tags with your name and current cell phone number. You can also have your pet micro-chipped.
• Are you renting or buying in your new area? If you are renting, be sure to double check possible pet restrictions on any apartments or rental homes at which you are looking.
• Does your move require you to put your pet on a plane? If so, be sure to look into airline pet requirements. Copies of health certificates may be necessary, and you may be required to check in extra early for your flight. Also double check the requirements for the pet carrier to make sure yours meets the airline’s specifications.
• Have you traveled with your pets previously? Do you know if they are sensitive to motion sickness? If so, having them on a road for a long period of time or putting them on a plane may make them anxious and ill. Mild pet sedatives are available for travelling animals that will not knock them out, but will calm them down and make the trip easier on everyone.
• If your pet is on medication or has any sort of medical history, be sure to contact their vet a few months prior to the move. Tell them you will need your pet’s medical history records and see if they are familiar with the area to which you are moving. If they are, they may be able to refer you to a veterinarian close to your new home.
• If your pets are due for shots, get them caught up before you leave! It may take a while to find a vet in your new area so it will be best to make sure your pets are 100% healthy before you move them.
• Check on pet registration requirements in your new county or city limits and make sure you have available all paperwork that may be needed to get them registered.
• Last but not least, make sure your pets are comfortable for the journey! They will be just as anxious as you, and doing your best to help them feel comfortable will help their transition to go even smoother.

New to the Skagit County or Anacortes area? Check out out post Are You Smarter Than Your Dog? for great animal training information, and help your pet make new friends!

Home of the Week! 2412 Washington Court in Anacortes

2412 Washington Ct.

Looking for a new home in Anacortes, Washington?  Look no further, because we have the perfect home complete with privacy, spectacular views, and comfortable décor.

With a wall of windows stretching from the kitchen through the living room all the way to the master bedroom, you will never miss a view in this luxurious open floor plan home. High ceilings in the living area and a BOSE surround sound system add elements of both comfort and style to a spacious setting.

This home was built in 2006 with convenience and security in mind. The main-level master bedroom boasts a large sleeping area, with an attached office space as well as a double-vanity bathroom. The many windows are equipped with a UV coating that allows the homeowner to take advantage of gorgeous territorial and water views, while keeping the temperature inside the home at a comfortable level. ofiice

The lower level living area features two bedrooms and a full bathroom. In addition to a large recreational room currently used as a hot tub room, you will find a spacious family room complete with a gas stove and dry bar with a mini fridge. Enjoy access to the gorgeous garden area with a covered patio right off of the lower-level family room.

Aside from the truly stunning views and interior comforts, the exterior of this home offers a three-tiered custom waterfall with pond that is sure to keep you relaxed during the day. A natural stone retaining wall adds a charming classic feel to the already picturesque landscape. patio and garden

If you haven’t found your perfect home in Anacortes, come tour 2412 Washington Court in Anacortes and fall in love with beautiful landscaping, amazing views, and stunning interior décor.

If you would like a private tour of this home, please give us a call or send us an email. One of our full time real estate brokers will be happy to give you a tour and let you know about the great additional features 2412 Washington Ct has to offer.

Hosting the Perfect Open House

Open House

Not only is an open house designed to market your home in a way that differs from a simple listing, but it also opens the door for competitive offers as more than one buyer could potentially fall in love with your home on the same day. Our Top 5 Steps to Hosting the Perfect Open House will help you make your guests fall in love with your home.
1. Make Your Home Shine
A successful open house begins with cleanliness, so make sure your home is ready to be shown. This means all clutter should be removed and the home should be staged to allow guests to envision themselves living in a beautifully decorated home.

2. Cross Your T’s and Dot Your I’s
Your next step is making sure the price is right and you have all of the answers to potential questions. If the day is successful, you may be fielding offers within hours, so be knowledgeable about your property and ready to make a deal.

3. Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal
Buyers want to see attractive and inviting landscaping. This first impression will make them eager to see what’s inside the home. The street (with the necessary permission, of course) and front yard should feature an Open House sign so potential buyers can easily find you.

4. Feed Your Guests
It is customary for every open house to have complimentary coffee or other refreshments such as cookies. Make them available in the front entry way or on the kitchen table or counter to set a comforting tone for guests.

5. Reading Material is Golden
Business cards and information sheets should be available for each potential buyer that tours your home. Take a few minutes to design your own flyer and/or business card and print them in color to catch the eye of interested parties as they arrive. Your real estate broker will provide this to you.

Cleaning Tips and Tricks for Your Big Move

cleaning tips and tricks

To clean your home is to free it from dirt, pollutants, and other elements. Not only that, but cleaning can also translate into organization and proper storage of your possessions and eliminate clutter! Either way, cleaning is an important task and although not always fun, can be simplified with a few easy tips and tricks that will make things easier when you decide to move.

Roll With It
When storing clothes, roll them rather than folding them. This not only prevents fold lines, but also results in your clothing taking up less space. You can maximize your storage space and still keep your clothes free of creases.

Stain Removal
If you want to remove stains from counter tops, appliances, flooring or other surfaces, consider using baking soda or a vinegar/water combination. Either of these is less harsh than typical cleaning products and still provides a quick fix for most of your stain removal needs. You may also consider anti-bacterial liquid soap and water.

Categorize and Organize
Before starting to clean, create categories for your clutter. By separating your items by intent such as keep, donate, and discard, you will be able to move through your cleanup quickly and efficiently.

Getting Rid of Dust
When you clean, you are likely to stir up a little dust here and there. Regardless of how much or how often you clean, dust is a part of life and it is bound to find its way into a few corners. If you want to reduce the presence of dust in your home, try using a portable air cleaner in the room where you are cleaning.

Cut it Out
Instead of simply tossing out your old bills or credit card offers, shred them with a cross-cut or confetti-cut paper shredder. This will prevent any unscrupulous crook from sifting through your garbage and discovering personal financial information. If you don’t own a paper shredder and don’t have the extra money for it in your budget, simply use a pair of scissors to cut anything with your name, address, social security number, or banking information.

This is the perfect time to sell your home in Skagit County call us today for a free estimate of your home’s worth!

Outdoors in Anacortes, WA

Outdoors in Anacortes

Fidalgo Island is a Pacific Northwest treasure possessing many outdoor opportunities that need to be experienced. Because of this, we’ve turned to Experience Anacortes to bring you the best trails and places to visit while spending time outdoors in Anacortes.

Cap Sante Park
Primarily a vista point, this 37 acre forested promontory affords an excellent view of the the marina, the City of Anacortes, March Point, Fidalgo Bay, Mt Baker and the Cascades.
Directions here.

Cranberry Lake Area
This site, found near the city center, is heavily forested and contains Cranberry Lake (approximately 27 acres) and several other small lakes and bogs. The site varies in terrain from flat to steep slopes. An extensive trail system is found in this area.
Directions here.

Heart Lake Area
(off Campbell Lake Road, onto Heart Lake Road)
Formerly a state park, Heart Lake was transferred to the City in 2002, and incorporated into the Anacortes Community Forestlands. The trails here welcome hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers, so be sure to share the trail and keep your eyes open (there are some specifically for hikers only).
Directions here.

Deception Pass State Park
A 4,134 acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three different lakes. Breathtaking views, old growth forests, and abundant wildlife can be seen all over the park.Click here to read the WTA’s hiking guide for Deception Pass State Park, and click here for the Rosario Headlands &Lighthouse Point hiking guide. Kukutali Preserve, also part of Deception Pass State Park, is jointly owned and managed by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and Washington State Parks. Open for day use only.
Directions here.

Washington Park
This site is located at the very west end of the city on Rosario Strait and contains a wide variety of facilities. The site is divided into two basic parts: a day use area consisting of a boat launch, picnic shelters, restrooms, children’s play equipment and open play area. Overnight camping area consisting of 68 campsites for RVs and tents, with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. Only about 41 of the 200 acres are developed but a 2.3 mile paved road runs through the entire park for use by cars, joggers, bicyclists and walkers.
Directions here.

Mount Erie Park
Mt. Erie is a 160 acre Park. At the top of Mt. Erie, elevation 1,270 ft, choose from four viewing areas and be rewarded with spectacular views in every direction. Mt. Erie is, the highest point of Fidalgo Island and is part of the former Anacortes watershed. There is a small parking area and a road to the top of Mt. Erie. Trails from this area lead into a portion of the 1400 plus acres of the Anacortes Forest Lands.
Directions here.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Washington

carbon monoxide detectors

What is Carbon Monoxide?
• Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen or smelled and can kill an individual within minutes of contact. Carbon monoxide can quickly build to unsafe levels in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas.

What Are Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
• Initial symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, confusion and nausea. Low-level carbon monoxide poisoning can include symptoms similar to illnesses such as the flu.
As these may be difficult symptoms to diagnose, they could be a sign of carbon monoxide poisoning if:
o Symptoms go away when you leave your home, and come back when you return.
o Everyone in the home experiences similar symptoms at the same time.

What Should You Do if You Suspect a Carbon Monoxide Leak in Your Home?
• If you suspect a carbon monoxide leak in your home, gather your family outside in the fresh air and immediately call 911.
During power outages, never use charcoal or gas grills indoors or in enclosed spaces. Do not burn charcoal in a fireplace, as charcoal does not produce a draft strong enough to push the carbon monoxide outside.
Never use a generator inside your home, garage, carport, basement, or near an opening into your home while outside. Generators should be kept at least 20 feet from buildings in the hope that airflow will direct carbon monoxide flows away from the home.
Never use a gas range or oven to heat your home and do not sleep in a room using an unvented gas or kerosene heater.

Washington State Law
Washington State law requires carbon monoxide alarms to be installed in new residences. As of January 1, 2013, carbon monoxide alarms are required in existing apartments, condominiums, hotels, motels, and single-family residences (with few exceptions). Owner-occupied single-family residences, legally occupied before July 26th, 2009, are not required to have carbon monoxide alarms until they are sold.

Spring Cleaning: Natural Cleaning Products

Spring Cleaning

The first day of spring has come and gone, and it is time to get that layer of dust off the furniture and clean out those closets!

The purpose behind spring cleaning is to create a clean home that feels welcoming and happy. Why not add “healthy” to that list? Around this time we are often still working on those New Year’s resolutions to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so this might be the perfect time to consider incorporating health into your cleaning regime as well.

Certified Organic cleaning products have become increasingly popular with the rise in use of essential oils and home remedies. Home owners are taking into consideration the ingredients that are in most household cleaners and the effects they might be having on themselves and their families.

When it comes to household cleaners, GreenHome.com advises us to choose cleaning products that “are made from naturally occurring, non-toxic substances. Be sure to avoid cleaners containing phosphates, chlorine, and VOC’s, all of which are toxic to humans or damaging to the environment.” And let’s face it, for those of us that have bleached anything and experienced its lingering lung-stinging aroma, it probably isn’t the safest substance to use in abundance around the home.

Now that we know a few of the ingredients we should be looking for, which products are genuinely the best options? We’ve compiled a list of our top five natural cleaning brands, using factors such as affordability and availability.

1. Mrs. Meyers Clean Day
2. Method
3. Seventh Generation
4. J.R. Watkins
5. Honest Company

Looking for more of the DIY approach?

Try some of these common household items to take care of some of your cleaning needs:
• Baking Soda- Use as a water softener or add to your dishwasher to help remove stuck-on food.
• Vinegar- Easily dissolve calcium build-ups in coffee pots, and sinks. Vinegar also gets rid of foul odors in drains by taking odors with It as is evaporates.
• Lemon Juice- Not only does it smell great, but it removes stains, deodorizes toilets, and inhibits mold build-up. Try slicing off an end and rubbing it around the edge of your sink, then simply wiping away the dirt and leftover juice.

Want more Spring cleaning tips?  Email us at Info@JeanGroesbeck.com and let us know! We are always happy to provide helpful home tips.

Anacortes Events: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Held from April 1st-30th the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has been a destination event for residents of the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years. Each year, visitors from all 50 states flock to the Skagit Valley in celebration of the spring season and to enjoy the marvels that Mother Nature has to offer.

As tulip fields are scattered throughout the valley, the festival does not take place in one particular venue and there are many activities that comprise the festival itinerary. From Wine Tasting to Boat Shows and Photo Ops, the Skagit Valley is proud to offer the Tulip Festival as a family-friendly way to truly get to know the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Tulip Town
15002 Bradshaw Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Open now through April 30th
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily
Indoor Flower and Garden Show, Landscape Murals, Face Painting, Kite Flying and Kite Shop, Tulip Town Café.
www.TulipTown.com

RoozenGaarde Events
15867 Beaver Marsh Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Open now through April 30th
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM daily

Admission: $5/person, $4 with military ID. Children 5 & under are no charge.
Parking is free. Note: RoozenGaarde admission ticket provides free access to all parking lots in the RoozenGaarde/WBC tulip fields on the day of purchase. Parking areas will be marked with RoozenGaarde signs.

Tulip Prolic and Parade
Activities begin at Gilkey Square La Conner, WA

April 11th, 2016
Parade begins at 2:00 PM

Bring the whole family and enjoy farm animals, clowns, marching bands, and tons of tulip fun!

If you are thinking of moving anywhere in Skagit County, this is the best time to visit and experience the unique beauty of our region. If you have questions on area information, neighborhoods or market statistics, please call, text or email us today! Our team of dedicated real estate brokers are here to help.

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April Events in Anacortes

April Events

Spring is the perfect time to experience Anacortes, Washington! Among other local treasures, Skagit County is the home of the Skagit Tulip Festival which offers fun events and beautiful scenery for all ages.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (Skagit County- various venues)
April 1st through 30th

Acres of blooming tulip fields, concerts, seafood, self-guided bicycle tours, art shows, and more.
www.TulipFestival.org

Burlington Downtown Artwalk (Burlington)
April 1st through 30th

Local art will be displayed in beautiful downtown Burlington.

Spring Garage Sale: Antiques & More (Mount Vernon)
April 8th-9th
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
$3 per person
$3 onsite parking

Join more than 140 vendors at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon and search for antiques while listening to live music and enjoying food from local vendors.
www.SkagitCounty.net

Anacortes Spring Wine Festival
April 9th
Noon – 5:00 PM

Taste your way through local wineries and restaurants.
www.Anacortes.org

Tulip Frolic and Parade (La Conner)
April 9th
2:00 PM

Farm animals, clowns, bands, mascots, and fun for the whole family!
www.TulipFestival.org

Tulip Festival Street Fair (Mount Vernon)
April 15th-17th
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

www.MountVernonDowntown.org

Art in Bloom (Anacortes)
April 15th though 23rd

Works from regional artists will be displayed at the Anacortes Arts Festival’s off-season show to take place at the Depot Arts Center. The show will feature painting, photography, sculpture, and fine crafts.
www.AnacortesArtsFestival.com

These are great events that demonstrate the true community feeling of Anacortes and Skagit County as a whole. If you are considering moving to the area, these events are sure to entice you to embrace the beautiful Pacific Northwest lifestyle.

Stand out from the competition!

Be the one to stand out in the crowd

Be the one to stand out in the crowd

If you’re thinking of selling your home during the high home-shopping season this Spring, you’d better get started now. If you want to stand out from the competition, it could take weeks to do it right. Start by getting your home into shape by fixing any obvious or apparent “problems”. Like every other home, wear and tear from the years is inevitable. By being proactive, and assessing the condition of your home now, you can potentially avoid a huge headache during negotiations later in the process.

1. How old?

No matter how great your home looks at first glance, any savvy buyer will ask: How old? Before listing your home for sale, gather all the paperwork that you have for your home. Check your paperwork for the age or last repair of big items like your roof, HVAC system, water heater, and gutters. If you have copies of your own maintenance records or receipts, keep them handy.

How long items last depends on a lot of factors such as the brand and how well it’s been maintained, but you can get a general idea of average life span. For example:

  • Wood shingle and shake roof: 15 to 30 years
  • Water heater: 10 to 12 years
  • Gutters: 15 to 30 years

 

2. Inspect

Do a walk-through of your home, outside and room by room. Look for signs of damage that might affect your home’s value. Take a special look on common problem areas like:

  • Wood rot around outside door frames, window ledges, and garage doors.
  • Water stains on the ceiling or near doors and windows.
  • Leaks under sinks or around toilets.
  • Bulges under carpet or discoloration on hardwood floors.

These can be an indicator of a “bigger” problem and it will be best to address now.

3. Talk to a Pro

Once you’ve done your own walk-through, you may want to have a professional take a second look. They can spot flaws you overlooked, because either you’re used to them or you didn’t realize they could cause trouble. You can hire a home inspector to do an inspection (or pre-inspection) to pinpoint problems from bad wiring to outdated plumbing.

Inspections may cost a bit, but it will buy you the peace of mind of knowing you’re not in for any surprises down the road.

Once you know what in your house could stand for repairs or upgrades, it’s time to decide where to spend your money. You’re probably not crazy about the idea of repairing a home you’re going to sell, but certain fixes will give you an advantage over the competition, which usually means better offers. Remember, real estate is an investment!

 

We recommend you talk to your real estate broker and ask for advice before starting any repairs or renovation projects. Your broker will help you decide what will be the best investment before selling your home.

We are always here to help! Our main goal is to get you the best return on your investment. Spring season is just around the corner, and Anacortes is short on inventory. If you are thinking of selling your home, please give us a call for a complimentary market analysis of your home.

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809 7th St Anacortes, WA – (360) 941-3734