A Guide to Guest Rooms

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We’ve all stayed in that home of a friend or family member, who just hasn’t quite hit all of the consideration points when it comes to hosting guests. Anacortes is a popular summer destination and guests and family often visit your home in Anacortes during this time.

When preparing a guest room for any number of people staying for any length of time just think; how would I want to be treated? What would make me uncomfortable in someone else’s home? Guest rooms do not need to be extravagant or even costly, however a little bit of thoughtfulness can go a long way when guests consider whether or not they would stay with you when visiting Anacortes.

Keep it Clean
First and foremost, keep your home clean! Guests don’t need to be able to smell fresh furniture polish when they walk in, but cleaning up after children and pets is a must. Homes are made to be lived in and it isn’t necessary to make it look like a magazine photo, however toys and pet hair shouldn’t be inhibiting seating, dining, or sleeping areas. Dirty dishes need to be taken care of, and obvious stains or spills need to be cleaned up. One should not leave guests wondering how long that spaghetti sauce has been drying on the counter or whether or not a pillow case is freshly used from a child’s room.

Don’t Let Them Get Hungry
Preparing gourmet dinners is often not a top priority when hosting guests, and while it really doesn’t need to be, try sticking to conventional meal times when able. 7:00 shouldn’t be rolling around without any mention of dinner, and guests aren’t likely to bring it up if they feel it would be an inconvenience. In the event that you are not up for cooking for everyone, check with guests ahead of time to see if they might like to eat out.

Don’t Under-do the Bed Coverings
Temperature is a fickle thing to accommodate. Everyone sleeps differently and unfortunately we can’t special-order mattresses each time we have guests in town. We can, however, do our best to make sure the bed, pull-out, futon- whatever- is able to be diversified. No matter what time of year, leave an extra blanket and extra pillow on the bed and put a fan in the room.

Offer Privacy
It isn’t always possible to have a separate guest room, and that’s okay! Even if your guests will be sleeping on the couch, you can take steps to make sure they are awarded some amount of privacy. Offer them an area to store their belongings (i.e. behind a couch, in a specific corner, or even in a trunk or bin of some sort), and make sure pets and children aren’t going near them.

If you love to entertain family and friends but don’t have enough “room” to do so, maybe it is time to upgrade to a bigger home. If you feel like you need a new home in Anacortes, email or give us a call! We can help evaluate your situation and guide you during the process of finding a home to buy in Anacortes. Need to sell your home first? No problem! We can give you a personalized market analysis of your home and let you know what the value of your home is in the current Anacortes real estate market.

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Home of the Week! 5384 Quiet Cove, Anacortes WA

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Stroll the beach, paddle board, enjoy Oysters & Clams for dinner, and watch a magnificent sunset from this south facing waterfront property on almost a full acre! Privately located along the shores of Fidalgo Island, 5384 Quiet Cove in Anacortes, is sure to make you feel like you are on vacation everyday!

entranceThis home for sale in Anacortes features SIP construction built on solid rock. Views of the water and Cornet Bay are stunning, yet, mature native trees offer privacy from surrounding properties. After viewing this incredible lot, step inside to lovely reclaimed wood floors, detailed trim and treads, recycled 5-panel doors, and a porthole window from a real vessel which brings together the true feel of a home in the Pacific Northwest.

New stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, and a butcher block island overlook an exquisite deck area with a perfect view of the bay. One can easily relax in this serene natural setting any time of day!kitchen dining

In addition to three spacious and tastefully decorated bedrooms, this three-level home boasts a finished and comfortable attic space, with room for a second sitting area, art studio, or even workout room. If you are looking for the ideal Pacific Northwest home in Anacortes, come visit this beautiful home for sale!

 

Call, text, or email us to schedule a private showing, and click here for a 3D virtual tour of the property.

 

 

June Events in Anacortes, WA

 

June Events
Anacortes and the Skagit Valley are home to some amazing events in the spring and summer months. Use our list of Anacortes area events to see how you can keep yourself and your family entertained over the coming months!

Tulip Country Bike Tours
These guided bike tours offer an up-close experience through the best areas in Skagit County! Country Cycling offers a variety of summer tours through areas otherwise likely unseen, however you can also request a custom tour that is tailored to your groups’ interests!
Visit www.CountryCycling.com for more info.

Anacortes Farmers Market
The Anacortes Farmers Market is “a Saturday tradition featuring locally grown food and locally produced products”. Visit the market any Saturday at The Depot (7th & R Avenue, Anacortes, WA) between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
Visit www.AnacortesFarmersMarket.org for more info.

Saturday June 4th – Kids Fishing Derby
Open to children 13 years of age and younger, the Kids Fishing Derby will be taking place at Heart Lake in Anacortes, WA from 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. There is no cost; just bring your fishing gear and have fun! Registration will take place the morning of the event.
Visit www.GoAnacortes.com for more information.

Saturday June 4th & Sunday June 5th – Anacortes Waterfront Festival
“The Anacortes Waterfront Festival is all about letting your inner sailor embrace life on the water”.

Located at the beautiful Cap Sante Marina (1019 Q Avenue in Anacortes, WA), the Waterfront Festival is a chance to take advantage of what makes Anacortes special!

Some of the events at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival include:
• Free Boat Rides: The first boat heads out at 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday, with sign-ups beginning at 9:45 AM. Drop by the gazebo by the Marina office for details!
• Quick and Dirty Boat Building Demonstration: teams work on Saturday to build boats out of limited materials then compete by demonstrating floatability. Registration details are on the festival website!
• Milk Carton Derby: Awards will be given for Most Creative Derby Vessel, First Crew Across the Finish Line, Most Creative, and It Floats!
• Trail Tales: self-guided walking tours of the waterfront.
• Model Boat Show
• All Corvette Car Show
Visit www.Anacortes.org for more details, registration information, and even more great events!

Bark in the Park
Bark in the Park is the best Anacortes event for dog lovers! Bring your dogs to Storvik Park on June 18th and give them a chance to walk in the parade with other dogs, participate in the peanut butter eating contest, watch the Agility Demonstration and more!
Visit www.CityOfAnacortes.com for details and event schedules!

Taking Care of Large Appliances

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The large appliances in your home can be some of the most expensive items you own. Fortunately with a little light maintenance, you can prolong both the life of and quality of your appliances. This is specially important if you are thinking of selling your home in Anacortes.

The number one rule with any appliance, whether it be your washer and dryer or stove top, is to wipe up any spills as soon as they happen. However, since some appliances are used differently and more regularly than others, some require a little more attention on a more frequent basis.

Oven and Stovetop
After time, your oven will start exuding odors such as slight burning smells when turned on to preheat. When this happens, you can either utilize the self-cleaning feature that many ovens have, or wipe down the interior with a store-bought oven cleaner. When using a cleaner like this, you should absolutely wear rubber gloves and possibly a face mask as they possess very strong chemicals. To minimize oven residue, you can also purchase an oven liner that sits underneath the oven grates and catches any crumbs or spills that can easily be wiped off with soap and water.

Stovetops are some of the most-used areas in the kitchen, and have the potential to collect the most bacteria. Whether your stovetop has electric coils, gas burners, or a glass surface, crumbs and bacteria always have places to hide. If you have either coils or gas burners, be sure to remove them and wipe them, and the areas underneath them with soap and water. With glass stoves, check the seam that runs around the edge of the stove; it is a great area to collect crumbs and dust.

Microwave
Microwaves are one of the easiest things to clean, however are commonly one of the most ignored. To easily remove spills and crumbs, microwave a cup of water for 2-3 minutes, then allow it to sit for about 30 seconds once finished. The steam from the water will be absorbed into the food stains and will then only need to be wiped down with a damp cloth or sponge. To remove any odors, spray your cloth or sponge with vinegar or lemon juice to remove smells completely.

Refrigerator
Does anyone actually enjoy cleaning the refrigerator? This is one large appliance that can trap smells, hide bad food, and help us to ignore our food hoarding tendencies all at once- and this is just the inside of the beast.
Condenser coils, outside vents, and gaskets collect dust, pet hair, and anything else floating around. One can easily use a vacuum wand to remove loose debris, them simply wipe down with a damp cloth or paper towel. You might be surprised at how different your fridge looks!

Washer and Dryer
Lint and dust can build up in cracks and crevices of your washer and dryer and if left unattended, can eventually become a fire hazard. Wipe a dryer sheet (it picks up tons of dirt!) or cloth along the back of your washer and dryer to pick up any lint remains, hair or dust. Also wipe along the ledge inside the washer lid, as soap and dirt can build there as well. Once or twice each year, pull both appliances away from the wall to check that large dust bunnies haven’t begun inhabiting that area. You should also have your dryer vent cleaned yearly to prevent fire hazards and the overheating of dryer coils.

So remember, just a few minutes of your day will not only help your appliances stay clean but also extend their life. If you are thinking about selling your home in Anacortes, clean appliances will help add value to your home!

For more tips on adding value to your home, text, call or email us today! We will be happy to help you.

Allergy-Proofing Your Home

Allergy-Proofing

 

Spring is the prime time for dust and all of the typical allergens to make themselves known in our homes. Whether you are renting your home, already own it, or are looking to sell your home in Anacortes, take the time now to set up a defense against sniffling noses and sore throats, before the full heat of summer hits.

To give you an idea of the best ways to begin allergy-proofing your home, here are the most common allergens, where they are found, and how to combat them!

Mold
If you live in an area with high humidity mold is absolutely something you need to be cognizant of. Kitchens and bathrooms are known for growing mold of all kinds, and basements can hide the majority of mold growth in places you wouldn’t expect. Mold goes crazy in cracks where water can seep in, high ledges (such as the tops of showers), faucet bases, and under carpets that may have been subject to a leak. Also, keep an eye on shower curtains to make sure pink mold hasn’t begun growing on the bottom. Anacortes is definitely high humidity, so if you are buying or living in the area, make sure you keep an eye out!

To combat: spray and wipe these surfaces twice weekly with either bleach, or a water/vinegar mixture. This will both clean it up, and keep it from growing as frequently.

Dust Mites
Dust mites are one of the hardest allergens to protect against, as they live where humans and pets most shed skin (gross).

To combat: The most problematic areas for dust mites are mattresses and pillows however you can protect yourself by using anti-allergen coverings and washing your bedding and curtains regularly. Certain essential oils, such as Melaleuca, can also help deter dust mites when sprayed on mattresses.

Pets
We love our furry friends, and Anacortes is definitely a pet friendly town. However, the dander from their skin is what causes allergic reactions in many people. Dander builds up unknowingly in corners of walls, carpets, and furniture upholstery.

To combat:
• Bathe your pets regularly! Just like humans can shed dandruff, pets shed the same way.
• Try to keep your pets off furniture, and clean pet beds a few times each week.
• Vacuum, then dust three or more times each week.
• Use quality filters in furnaces and air conditioners.
• Sanitize any overly-dusty areas regularly to prevent dirt and grime build up.

Moving to Anacortes soon? Let us know if you would like a personalized tour of Anacortes neighborhoods. Let us show you the true beauty of Anacortes. Also, read about our favorite Cleaning Tips and Tricks to make your move an easy one!

Planning Your Garden for Spring

PLANNING YOUR GARDEN

 

Enhancing curb appeal includes enhancing your garden! Time for fresh flower scents, new plants, and working outside. Many bulbs have already begun to bloom, however the good news is that you can buy flowers and plants that have already bloomed and your yard will instantly look great! This is also the time to consider any fall bulbs or crops you want to have around once the summer is over.

Our Favorite Ways to Begin Planning Your Garden

Make a Sketch of Your Yard
You don’t necessarily need accurate measurements to do this (although if you want a to-scale sketch of your yard, feel free!), but it is necessary to visualize where you want everything to go. Drawing it out will help you determine how your yard will look once everything is in place and allow you to better allocate your money.

Plant Trees First
As trees typically take up more space in yards and require a little more work, it is best to get them done first and plant smaller items around them.

Year-Round Plants and Upgrades
Some plants such as shrubs and bushes that don’t “bloom” can provide aesthetic appeal to your yard year-round. If you plan to implement any of these, plant them when you do your trees to again get bigger items out of the way. This is also the time to work on any yard enhancements such as new pathways or retaining walls that will add dimension to the yard as a whole.

Perennials, Bulbs, and Annuals
This is the time to have fun and add color to your yard! Many spring bulbs are available for purchase and already in full-bloom by May first. Determine what feel you want your yard to have and browse a couple of nurseries and garden centers. If you are unsure of how to care for the plants you are looking for, the individuals that work there will likely be happy to share their knowledge.

Having a well-planned garden always attracts the eyes of passersby, especially those eyes that are interested in purchasing your home.

Contact us for more tips on how to enhance your home and garden for the market! If you are looking to buy in Anacortes, WA or anywhere in Skagit County, we can be your guide in finding a great home in a beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest.

Home of the Week! 2515 16th Street

2515 16th St in Anacortes

Location, privacy, and beautiful customization all in one; what more could you ask for?

This home located at 2515 16th Street in Anacortes, Washington provides is the perfect family home with a large lot and beautiful deck space off of the dining room and kitchen. New Hardi siding was installed and the exterior freshly painted in 2015. In addition, new window screens were added earlier this year.

The gorgeous slate and hardwood entry way invites you to the living room which offers a welcoming wood fireplace and picturesque windows to provide a comfortable space to both relax and entertain. Continue to the ample and bright dining room which has access to the back deck. Updated paint and crown molding have added a fresh look to the home and take away the worry of needing to update main living areas right away.

The kitchen is a dream with granite counters, slate back splash and newer stainless steel appliances. The walk-in pantry is convenient and spacious.

With three bedrooms, a HUGE recreational room, two and a half bathrooms and a separate office area, this home is not lacking in space and organization possibilities. The large master suite has its own wood fireplace, a ceiling fan, generous walk-in closet, and French doors that open to granite counters, Rosewood laminate cabinets, and a relaxing soaking tub in the master bathroom.

If you are looking for a spacious, inviting home in Anacortes, come visit this beautiful property! Call, text, or email us to schedule a private showing.

Click here to see the full description of 2515 16th St in Anacortes and view the full photo gallery. No registration required!

Understanding Real Estate CMA’s

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In Real Estate terms, CMA stands for comparative market analysis; in other words, the report provided by a realtor when they conduct an in-depth analysis of a home’s worth in your market. If you are considering selling your home in Anacortes, we can conduct an in-depth comparative market analysis and help you make the most of the information. Use our checklist below to make sure that you have an adequate understanding of real estate CMA’s.

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Before committing to anything, be sure you are working with a real estate agent you can trust. Our goal as your agent is to make the Anacortes home buying or selling process stress free and smooth. After all, we work for you! If you would like a complimentary market analysis of your home in Anacortes, please call, text or email us today! We will provide you with an up to date market value of your home in Anacortes.

 

 

 

 

The Best Moving Checklist

Moving Checklist

You’re almost ready to move into your new home!

Moving day can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Our moving checklist will help you effectively pack up your belongings to make your move as easy as possible. We recommend printing it and keeping it on hand in a central location in the house so you can easily cross things off as you go.

Just click HERE to print out our full moving checklist!

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Moving with pets? Check out the rest of our blog for other great moving tips!

The Benefits of Staging a Home For Sale

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As real estate brokers with home staging certifications, we see firsthand the effect a well-staged home can have on the mind of a home buyer. If you are thinking about selling your home, we offer complimentary home staging services that might just make you fall in love with your home all over again!

Home Sellers Are Biased
• Staging one’s own home is like asking them to be objective about their children. Unless you have truly hated your home since you bought it, it will be difficult for you to let go of your own decorating style and the emotions that have been cultivated since living there.

You Will Learn!
• Have you ever looked at a home magazine or watched the DIY Network only to fantasize about being able to decorate the way they do? Now you can learn! Stagers work with you to properly display items in your home to bring out the best features possible. It might give you the chance to learn how you want to decorate your next space!

First Impressions Must Be the Best
• Buyers will only get one first impression of your home- make it the best! You get a good feeling when you walk into a home that has been properly staged. It isn’t fake, it isn’t dirty, and it allows potential buyers to develop their own sense of comfort and connection to the home.

Look Better than Other Homes
• When a home isn’t properly staged, buyers are only driven further from your listing and closer to your competition. Keep your buyers connected with your property!

Appears Move-In Ready
• Proper, neutral home décor allows buyers to visualize living there. They will imagine their own possessions in each room, and how their family will fit into the space. It will also lessen the impact of any maintenance issues that may arise during inspection, as they are already pleased with the home’s overall aesthetics.

Looks Well-Maintained
• Again, issues have the potential to arise in almost any inspection, and a home that appears to be well-maintained from the outside will help the buyer feel more comfortable with any “internal” work that may need to be done, rather than focusing on changing things like countertops or radical paint jobs.

Looks Better in Photos
• These days, homes are typically first viewed on the internet. Well-done staging allows for better quality photos and allows a potential buyer to fall in love with the home before viewing it in person.

It’s Free!
• We offer free staging services from a certified professional to all who sign with us. Our staging professional is experienced in making a home comfortable for anyone who views it.

For more helpful staging tips or information on selling your home, reach out to us today and be sure to check out our page that explains the staging process.