The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detectors

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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:

  • Symptoms go away when you leave your home, and come back when you return.
  • 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.

 

Ten Commandments of Buying a Home

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There are some obvious checklist items that need to be taken care of when buying a home (i.e. getting loan pre-qualification and approval), however there are a few possibly less-obvious things that many new home buyers may not consider.

  • Don’t change or quit your current job while you are in the process of getting a loan or finalizing paper work.
  • Put off other large purchases (i.e. a new car) until after all is said, done, and signed with your new home.
  • Keep credit lines current and don’t miss payments on already existing credit cards or loans.
  • Maintain your savings account.
  • Identify all debt or lines of credit on your loan application.
  • Avoid having other inquiries on your credit before your loan has been approved and you have keys to your new home.
  • Don’t make any large, seemingly random cash deposits into your bank account.
  • Avoid co-signing loans for anyone else, as this will definitely affect your credit “worthiness” in the eyes of loan officers.

4 DIY Projects for a “Greener” Home 

Going “green” is gaining popularity every year. A high percentage of home builders and contractors are already building “green” and energy-efficient homes and expect to continue to do so in the future. Making your home “green” may actually make your home more appealing to potential buyers.  Did you know that home buyers are not only continuously interested in energy-efficient homes, or homes with “green” features, but they are also willing to pay more for them? Even if you’re not ready to sell your home this year, going “green” is environmentally conscious and at the same time it may also help you save money on your monthly energy bills!

 

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1. Bamboo flooring

Thinking about putting in a hardwood floor?  Consider bamboo instead.  Because bamboo grows much more quickly than wood, bamboo is an ecologically friendly alternative to hardwood flooring.  It is an affordable product that is still just as durable, natural, and beautiful as wood.  Furthermore, bamboo is slightly more resistant to water damage than hardwood.

2.  Low-flow toilets and faucet aerators

It may be time to remodel your bathrooms.  If so, a low-flow toilet is more environmentally friendly than a traditional toilet, and is also a great money saver.  It can save up to four gallons of water per flush!  Want to cut your water use in half?  Aerators for your water faucets are another water-saving product.  They also happen to be affordable and very easy to install.

3.  Zero-VOC paint

Did you know that the paint in your home may contain chemicals called Volatile Organic Compounds, and that these toxic VOC chemicals evaporate over time into the air you breathe as you watch TV in the den, or cook meals in kitchen?  Replace the paint on the walls of your home with low or zero-VOC paints, which can be found at almost any paint or home improvement store.

4.  LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs

You may not know this, but incandescent light bulbs actually put out a lot more heat than they do light.  LED and compact fluorescent bulbs are an easy fix.  They fit into incandescent sockets, they’re much more energy efficient, and they last about ten times longer.

What will you do with all the money you save from implementing these “green” improvements to your home?  Let us know in the comments!

If you’re interested in more tips for making your home “green” before you sell, call, text or email us anytime with any questions you have on selling your home in Anacortes, Whidbey Island or Skagit County. We’d love to talk with you.

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221

 

Breathtaking View Lot in Anacortes!

Incredible Views

Are you tired of looking for your dream home?

Sometimes the market inventory in your desired area might not have the dream home you are looking for. The tight inventory for existing homes is driving many home buyers to build a brand new home to fit their needs.

Have you considered building your dream home? Building your own home gives you the flexibility to have things just the way you would like. If you dream of designing a new home that takes full advantage of the unique geography and amazing island views in Anacortes, we have an amazing lot for you to set the foundation to your new dream home!

Enjoy breathtaking sunsets with panoramic views of the beautiful San Juan Islands from this spectacular .72+/- acre Rock Ridge neighborhood lot. Two lots were combined to accommodate plans for a Northwest Contemporary single-level home with separate exercise/pool house. There are home plans available or you could design your own dream home. The lot has been excavated, leveled, and is ready for building!

Antone Way-Anacortes, WA

The quiet newly developed neighborhood of Rock Ridge here in Anacortes is surrounded by 1,200 acres of Anacortes Community Forest Lands. You can explore many hiking and biking trails right in your own backyard! Rock Ridge is also close to downtown, schools, and easy access to shopping and dining! You can have the best of both worlds here! The Rock Ridge Neighborhood is part of the Anacortes School District and only a short drive to parks, and exciting activities our community has to offer!

Entertaining on this property will sure create great memories with the stunning water views! The newly developed neighborhood has paved streets and sidewalks, this lot is in a cul-de sac making it more private and enjoyable!

When it comes to building a new home, buyers have two options: they can work with a home builder who will show them home plans to choose from, or they can do the research on their own, and hire a contractor to build it.

This lot offers a home floor plan already for you. This plan has optimized the property to the fullest, making the views of the home the spotlight! There are many options to create the perfect home for you!

To see the full listing and more details on this magnificent lot CLICK HERE

The possibilities of different home plans for this property are endless!

Would you like to know more about building your dream home here in Skagit County? Contact Us for more information, Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th Street-Anacortes, WA

Helpful Moving Tips!

Getting ready to move to or from Anacortes or Skagit County? This video shows easy and helpful tips to make the moving process flow smoothly.

To search for homes for sale in Anacortes, La Conner, or Oak Harbor, please call us @ (360)-293-4511.  We would love to help you with your real estate  needs whether you are looking to buy or sell your home.

Lang Custom Concrete and Construction

Save the date:  March 12, 2011 for the Anacortes EXPO.   Come for one speaker or all, and visit our exhibitors who are also your neighbors.

Owners of Lang Custom, Vince and Kelli Lang, have been in the construction business for over thirteen years.  Their company is committed to quality building and concrete work in Island and Skagit counties.  Their work includes commercial, residential and decorative projects.  They pride themselves in building exceptional custom craftsman style homes along with foundations, flatwork, retaining walls, designed concrete and stamped concrete.  Contact Lang Custom Concrete and Construction today if you are searching for a quality contractor.  Visit their website at http://www.langcustom.com  or call them at (360)-588-8203.

Shrinking HOMES

New single-family homes are getting smaller, and the trend is likely to last well beyond the recession, according to research from the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB).  The median size of a new single-family home dropped from a peak of 2,268 sq in 2006 to 2,100 sq in 2009.  Homebuilders attribute the decline to consumers’ desire to keep energy costs down, the lack of equity in existing homes available to roll over into new ones, tighter credit standards, less interest in buying homes as investments, and a growing number of first-time buyers.

We are fortunate in Anacortes to have a variety of home sizes currently on the market and excited as new homes come onto the market every day of 2011.  Whether you need 3,000 sq ft or 1,500 sq ft  Coldwell Banker Island Living is here to help you find exactly what you are looking for !

Need Help Searching For the Right Contractor?

Looking for a contractor but not sure how to find the most suitable one for you? Check out this video for tips on finding a reliable and skilled contractor.

To search for homes for sale in Anacortes, La Conner, or Oak Harbor, please call us @ (360)-293-4511.  We would love to help you with your real estate  needs whether you are looking to buy or sell your home.

Rick Bunzel Speaks About Home Safety During the Holidays

Rick Bunzel of Pacific Crest Inspections gives us information on Home Safety during the Holidays.

As a home inspector and firefighter with 22 years experience, I am often criticized for being picky about small, insignificant items such as poor wiring, lack of smoke detectors, fire stops and window sizing that really didn’t mean very much. Well when fire strikes these items many times make these items make the difference between life and death. I have been to several Christmas Day fires including one where several people died and can tell you they do make the difference.
According to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the number of fires and fire deaths typically rises sharply during the holiday season. Fires during the holiday season injure 2,000 people every year, and cause over $500 million in damages. Gatherings of family and friends can mean an increase in cooking activity, which is the leading cause of home fires. Alcohol consumption also tends to increase this time of year and is cited as a contributing factor in many of US fire deaths. Add candles, holiday decorations, fireplaces and heating equipment to the mix and the potential for disaster is great.
You can protect your home and your family from fire with these simple, common sense safety tips:
Cooking: Look while you cook–unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires. Wear tight-fitting or rolled-up sleeves when cooking and keep all combustible materials a safe distance from the stove. Cooking or smoking while under the influence of alcohol can be deadly. Keep a close eye on any drinkers in your household and make sure all cigarettes are properly extinguished and the stove is off before going to bed.
Candles: Keep candles in a sturdy holder away from children, pets and combustible materials. Snuff them out before leaving the room.
Christmas trees: Nationwide we have had a drought and it’s important that you make sure to buy a fresh tree. Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch.
When you get home cut ½” off the base of the tree and put it in a bucket of water for at least a day. When you bring it inside make sure it’s not by any heater vents. Always keep the tree stand filled with water.  Discard any broken or frayed sets of lights when decorating the tree. Always turn off lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave your home. A short circuit in any of this equipment could cause a fire.
When you string the lights on your tree be careful to keep all bulbs turned away from gifts and paper ornaments. Lights in windows can cause curtains and drapes to ignite.  Lit candles should never be placed on or near the Christmas tree. When the tree starts to dry out, it’s time to throw it away.

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Dispose of gift-wrappings soon after opening presents. Never put wrapping paper in a fireplace. It can throw off dangers sparks and produce a chemical buildup in the home that could cause an explosion.
Space heaters: Keep portable heaters at least 2 feet away from anything that can burn–including you. Don’t use your heaters to dry shoes or clothes.
Heating appliances: Remember to have your furnace inspected each year by a licensed technician. Your fireplace chimney should also be cleaned and inspected annually to prevent problems that may cause a build-up of carbon monoxide. A carbon monoxide alarms will alert you to the presence of this deadly gas.
Smoke alarms: Over 90% of fire deaths occur in residential dwellings between 11pm-6am when occupants are asleep.  Alarms should be installed on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Test your alarms regularly and change the batteries at least once a year. Most fire departments promote this practice during Fire Prevention week in October.
Home Escape Plan: If a fire does occur in your home, everyone must get out as quickly as possible. Develop a fire escape plan and practice it with your entire family.  Have a single meeting spot once everyone exits the house.

For other blogs featuring Rick visit http://anacorteshomesblog.com/?p=4986

To search for homes for sale in Anacortes, La Conner, or Oak Harbor, please call us @ (360)-293-4511.  We would love to help you with your real estate needs whether you are looking to buy or sell your home.

This video blog is not intended to endorse any person, product, or company but is intended to help educate viewers on the home buying and selling processes.  The information provided is believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed by Coldwell Banker Island Living, nor do they add any implied warranties.

Keith Shank Discusses Mold In Homes

Keith Shank of Certified Home Inspection Service discusses mold in homes around the northwest and Anacortes.

For previous blogs with information from Keith visit http://anacorteshomesblog.com/?p=5172

To search for homes for sale in Anacortes, La Conner, or Oak Harbor, please call us @ (360)-293-4511.  We would love to help you with your real estate  needs whether you are looking to buy or sell your home.

This video blog is not intended to endorse any person, product, or company but is intended to help educate viewers on the home buying and selling processes.  The information provided is believed to be reliable but is not guaranteed by Coldwell Banker Island Living, nor do they add any implied warranties.