Tips For Living in a Staged Home

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Your home is on the market, pristine and expertly staged to get it sold. Now what? How do you still live in your home and keep it in perfect condition – especially for the unexpected showing?

Here are some simple tricks to keeping your home spotless:

KEEP IT CLEAN

 

Kitchen:

  • Remove all of your kitchen appliances from the counters. Do not use them; keep clean and hidden.
  • Have one set of cups, plates and utensils for each family member neatly stored in a cabinet. Use only these dishes and hand wash after every use. Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink or out in a dish rack. Eat, drink, wash, dry and put away.
  • Use recycled paper plates and cups to limit dishwashing.
  • Keep only the essentials in the refrigerator and pantry (potential buyers are known to look inside). Unused pantry items can be donated to your local food bank.

 

Bathrooms:

  • No personal care products (soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrush, etc.) should be left out. Give each family member a bathroom tote to hold their daily-used products, to be put away into a closed cabinet after each use.
  • Keep antibacterial wipes under the sink for quick and easy cleanup after each sink and shower use.
  • Use stick-on toilet cleaners inside the bowls to keep toilets clean and smelling fresh.
  • Only guest towels should be displayed in the bathrooms. Each family member should have his or her own set of towels, to be washed regularly and kept out of sight.

 

Bedrooms:

  • Keep all nightstands and dresser tops clear of personal items. Purchase plastic containers with lids that can easily slide under beds to store reading glasses, books, journals, medications, tissue boxes, etc.
  • Be sure to make the beds each morning; that way there is one less thing to do when a showing is scheduled.
  • Keep all clothing items neatly put away and laundry baskets hidden in closets.
  • Wash, dry, fold and put away laundry on a daily basis if necessary.

 

Living Room:

  • To maintain a tidy living room, keep daily-used items (remote controls, DVDs, video games, children’s toys, etc.) hidden away in closed drawers, cabinets or storage ottomans.
  • Do not let newspapers, magazines or mail stack up; file away or recycle immediately. Perhaps keep the latest newspaper in your car; it may come in handy when showings are scheduled and you need to head out to a coffee shop or other fun destination.

 

Eating & Entertainment

  • By now you may be thinking, “How does my family eat?” It is best to go out to eat during this time. Even take-out is a no-no; the goal is to keep your home smelling like fresh flowers, not fried chicken.
  • To stay on a budget, visit websites like Groupon or Restaurants.com for deals and coupons. Also, look into daily/weekly meal deals at your local restaurants, like $2 Taco Tuesdays or where kids can “eat free.”
  • Get your whole family involved and make a list of activities to do on the days your house is scheduled to be shown. Ideas include bowling, going to the beach, zoo, museums, amusement parks, or even visiting relatives.

 

Pets

  • Perhaps a family member, friend or neighbor can take care of your beloved four-legged family members, or designate 1-2 rooms for your pets to live in. This will keep the fur cleanup to a minimum.

 

With any questions or additional moving resources, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC daily! We are available to assist with all of your real estate needs and can be reached at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.  Our office is located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St. and are proud to serve Anacortes, Skagit, Island, San Juan, Whatcom counties and beyond.

Modern Ways to Upgrade Popcorn Ceilings

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Realtors across the nation agree that popcorn ceilings repulse buyers as they are viewed as outdated and often give buyers suspicions of asbestos in the home.  Removing asbestos has the potential to raise your home value and keep buyers interested!

Simple updates, like replacing popcorn with a different texture, can as cheap as $1 to $3 per square foot according to HomeAdvisor. These easy-fixes might do the trick but can underwhelm new buyers.

While the tarps are down, you have an opportunity to make room-changing, home-value-increasing updates. Here are some fantastic options to bring your ceiling into the 21st century:

Coffered

To make the coffered style, beams are installed in a grid pattern with panels in between. The result is dynamic while the beams make each panel look recessed. Thicker beams will create more depth, while thin ones will be subtle. You can use one uniform color for the beams and panels, or you can make dramatic color choices to further accent your ceiling.

Beamed

This design will take your ceiling miles away from the manufactured look of popcorn texture. Beautiful wood or faux-wood beams can be installed across your ceiling in a variety of ways to accomplish your desired look. Select a natural wood stain for a cozy cabin feel, or paint the beams and the ceiling one color. You can also create the illusion of fully exposed floor beams, to turn any room into a rustic escape.

Painted

Paint is a great way to incorporate your ceiling into a design scheme, rather than leaving it out entirely. Match the ceiling to the walls or paint it a strong accent color. Build dimension with flourishes like faux medallions, ceiling rings and moldings, and paint them in either the same color or one that contrasts. Interior designers suggest bold finishes, like metallic or lacquer.

Tiled

Ceiling tiles come in a variety of materials, including Styrofoam, wood and tin, and can completely change the atmosphere of a room. Styrofoam and faux-tin tiles are light and easily installed, and they can add instant beauty and structure. These tiles can be as ornate or simple as you prefer.

One of the purposes of popcorn ceilings was to dull sound. If you’re concerned that the acoustics of your room will go haywire after you remove this texture, acoustical tiles are a great replacement. They are specifically designed to mute or muffle sound and can be applied directly to your ceiling.

Paneled

Beadboard and wooden planks are perfect materials for a paneled ceiling. You can maintain the raw wood stain of the planks or paint them to fit your color scheme. Panels have a streamlined and organized appearance, which is in strong contrast to the splotchy look of popcorn ceilings. They can make a room seem more put-together and calming.

Mix and Match

Having a hard time deciding which design you want more? You can mix some of these styles together for an even stronger impression. Wood-paneled ceilings look excellent with thick beams hung across them. Coffered ceilings pair well with faux-tin tiles in place of panels. It might be best to consult an interior designer, so that you get choose the materials and colors that work best.

For all of your real estate needs, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is available daily at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com. Located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St., Team Groesbeck proudly serves Anacortes, Skagit, Island, San Juan counties and beyond.

Wonderland Walk at Anacortes’ Washington Park

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Open to all ages, Washington Park in Anacortes will host the Wonderland Walk on Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. each day.

Part of the Washington Park Campground will be decorated with holiday cheer by local groups, organizations and clubs, as well as live music, camp fires and hot chocolate.

Each night the event will be held rain or shine and a flashlight or headlamp is recommended to help guide you through the park.

For additional information, click here to contact the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department.

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For all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC/Coldwell Banker Bain in Old Town Anacortes: (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

 

2017 Christmas on the Docks in Anacortes

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The 2017 Christmas on the Docks event at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes will take place from 5 – 9 p.m. this weekend, Friday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 3.

The Decorated Dinghy Parade will take place on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m.  Bring your own decorated power boat, dinghy, rowboat, sailboat or paddleboard and join in! Decorated boats will be on display each night on “C” dock and the marina will offer free moorage Nov. 30 – Dec. 4 for participating decorated boats.

The 2017 Christmas on the Docks is free for all ages and open to the public.  Walk the decorated docks, enjoy hot beverages and vote for your favorite decorated boat.

Additionally, unwrapped gifts will be accepted for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots and canned goods will also be collected for the local Anacortes food bank.

For more information, please contact Greg Mustari at (360) 507-9999 or Kelly Libby at (425) 359-7078.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Upcoming Anacortes Events: Dec. 1

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On Friday, December 1, gather with the community at 6 p.m. at 819 Commercial Avenue for the Annual Chamber Tree Lighting ceremony.

The event features the town crier, Santa Claus and performances by students from Anacortes schools. Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided by the Salvation Army. Attendees can also get a free picture with Santa inside of the building.

Following the tree lighting, the public is invited to explore the downtown Chamber Holiday Art Walk to find locally crafted gifts.

Click here for additional information.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to be part of the Anacortes community and support local events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Anacortes “Keep the Cheer Here” Campaign

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Keep the Cheer Here is the Anacortes Shop Local campaign to encourage our community to continue supporting local businesses and keep their dollars in town.

Pick up your card by shopping at participating stores (click here to view) between November 21, and December 24, and for every $10 you spend you earn one punch. Once you’ve spent $100 and filled the card, simply write in your information on the back of the card and leave it with the retailer who put the last punch on the card; they will turn it in for you. You will then be entered to win weekly and grand prize drawings worth over $1,000!

If you’ve won a prize, you will be contacted by the Anacortes Chamber using the information you’ve filled out on the back of the punch card.

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Free State Park Admission: November 24

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Deception Pass and other state parks throughout Washington will allow entrance without a Discover Pass on Friday, November 24, in recognition of Autumn Day.

The Discover Pass is regularly $30 for an annual pass and $10 for a day pass and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass will still be required on these days to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

For more information, visit www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.

For all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, in Old Town Anacortes: (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Breakfast with Santa in Anacortes Dec. 2

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Visit Santa Claus at the Anacortes Senior Center on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8 – 11 a.m and enjoy a pancake breakfast and live entertainment.

Throughout the morning children will have an opportunity to decorate a holiday cookie and ornament.

There are two scheduled seatings: 8 – 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance and space is limited!  The cost is $6 per person and tickets may be purchased at www.cityofanacortes.org or in person at the Parks Department office.

For all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, in Old Town Anacortes: (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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Anacortes Holiday Farmers Market Nov. 18-19

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The 11th Annual Anacortes Holiday Farmers Market will take place Saturday, November 18, and Sunday, November 19.  Admission to the Holiday Farmers Market is free, and the event will take place indoors at the Port of Anacortes Event Center located at 100 Commercial Avenue, each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Holiday Market is a fabulous opportunity to get your holiday produce, stock up on your favorite vendors’ goods and find that perfect handmade holiday gift and win a door prize!

Click here for additional information and holiday events throughout Anacortes.

Located in at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes just steps from the Anacortes Depot Arts & Community Center, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC (licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain) is proud to support Anacortes events.  For any of your real estate needs, please contact us daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Thinking of Listing Your Property “For Sale By Owner”?

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Homes for sale by owner, or FSBO, transactions are commonly seen in seller’s markets or whenever homeowners want to maximize their profits by not having to pay commission.

Statistics show that selling your home with the assistance of a professional real estate agent like Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. will garner you a higher profit, enough to cover the commission as well as put more money in your pocket. According to the National Association of Realtor®’s 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the average FSBO sales price was $185,000, while the average price for a home represented by an agent was $245,000. That’s a difference of $60,000!

Houses for sale by owner leave a seller to do the negotiating. You’ll be relying on your own skill to finalize a contract, leaving yourself open to potential legal problems and a smaller profit when all is said and done.
Here are some of the top reasons why for sale by owner homes can cause major headaches.

Marketing your home online isn’t as easy as you think
Using an agent automatically offers widespread exposure for your listing through the multiple listing service. Your real estate agent will also have the means to promote your house to fellow agents to share with their clients. FSBO sellers would have to shell out big bucks for advertising and still might not reach the most important audience.

Homes for sale by owner could be priced wrong
Those who put their homes on the market as FSBO tend to set a price based on an online assessment tool or the lofty sum that the neighbor down the street claims they were offered—two methods that are liable to put the listing price way off.

A real estate agent will provide an accurate home value based on a comprehensive market analysis to help you arrive at the right listing price. The goal is to make sure you’re pricing your home in the sweet spot—not too high so that you are turning off potential buyers, and not too low so you are leaving money on the table.

You could underestimate (or overestimate) how much money to spend on curb appeal
Even if you’re not up for a full home makeover, your agent has an eye for detail and can recommend simple, budget-conscious swaps that can translate into real dollars when it comes negotiation time.

Showings
FSBO sellers don’t realize how draining it can be to set up showings. And on top of scheduling actual potential buyers, you also have to deal with both looky-loos, whereas your agent will handle all the scheduling and staff for the tours for you, so all you have to do is quickly tidy up and vacate.

In fact, that is another key reason to have an agent: Buyers can get uncomfortable with a seller hanging around during the showing. Agents also will weed out unsuitable offers and collect feedback that potential buyers might be unwilling to share directly with the seller, which can make subsequent showings even stronger.

Preparing your own paperwork can be tricky
The closing process can entail more than 20 pages of complicated paperwork, including the contract and addendums designed to cover all of the situations that could go wrong. Your agent will take care of all property disclosures and corresponding documentation to avoid future liability.
Considering selling your home, or are you ready to list now? Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC can help! Located at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes, Team Groesbeck can be reached daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027, or at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com for all of your real estate needs!

We look forward to working for you!

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