The Benefits of Staging Your Home to Sell

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As real estate brokers with home staging certifications, Old Town Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC sees the firsthand 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 dĂ©cor 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! – Jean Grosbeck & Assoc. LLC offers 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 Team Groesbeck today and be sure to check out our page that explains the staging process.

2017 Kitchen Trends

 
by Eileen Hebert, broker, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Anacortes.

Kitchen design trends are constantly evolving–and these days, with digital media giving homeowners a constant stream of inspiration, it seems like new styles are coming and going at an even faster rate. If you’re planning to refresh your kitchen in 2017, make sure it’s cutting edge be incorporating what are sure to be the biggest kitchen design trends for 2017.

Tuxedo kitchen cabinets: Mix up a kitchen’s color palette with Tuxedo cabinets. Two-tone cabinetry means you don’t have to choose just one finish for your cabinets.  It’s all about the two-toned look, whether you paint the upper cabinetry one shade and the lower set another, or simply finish a kitchen island in a different finish.  You will never go wrong with classic black and white.

Hidden Appliances:  Hidden appliances are those that are made to look as if they are cabinets, with the same design in doors and hardware. The trend will be towards hidden appliances, even small appliances such coffee makers and microwaves, and certainly bigger items like refrigerators and dishwashers.

Nearly every appliance but the stove can be “hidden” and disguised as cabinetry and this creates a clean, uncluttered looking kitchen overall.

Quartz Countertops:  Quartz kitchen countertops, marble and wood are versatile modern kitchen trends for 2017. Concrete, stainless steel and glass add industrial style vibe to modern kitchens and offer the latest trends in contemporary kitchen design. Quarts kitchen countertops look like granite. Solid and practical, easy to clean and very attractive, quartz kitchen countertops are convenient and eco friendly solutions for modern kitchens.

Mixed hardware finishes:  Hardware is like the jewelry for your kitchen design and there are more options out there than ever before. Skip the standard nickel knobs and brass bar pulls from the big box store and opt for something special. Instead of going for a monochromatic stainless steel look, homeowners are choosing accessories with various finishes, such as gold, copper or pewter. Among the details seen on hardware: hammered finishes, leather trim, and even pulls made from slices of agate.

If you’re ready for a kitchen remodel in 2017, keep these trends in mind. Opt for natural materials for both your countertop and backsplash choices, utilizing bold colors wherever possible. You’ll have a kitchen update that’s perfect for your home.

If you would like more information on home trends, contact Eileen Hebert at (360) 770-7090 or email her at Eileen@JeanGroesbeck.com

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 destination and guests and family often visit your home in Anacortes during the holidays.

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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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.

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.

Cleaning Tips and Tricks for Your Big Move

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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!

Easy decorating ideas for your home

Let’s face it. There are two kinds of people in the world; those who have a natural ability for being creative and those who are seriously lacking in decorating skills. The good news is that it doesn’t matter which category you are in because there’s always something new to be learned. If you want to know how to add some new life to your home in Skagit County without spending a fortune, here is how to get started.

 

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If you are tired of looking at a plain and simple lamp, consider adding some charm by simply buying tassel fabric at your local craft store and affixing it to the trim. This will create a designer look and, best of all, won’t cost you a fortune.

 

 

 

Create The Illusion Of A Larger SpaceFireplace-mirror

Did you know that mirrors can actually give the illusion of a larger room? Even if your home is small, you can open it up with a few strategically placed mirrors. Horizontal designs are some of the best and they can offer a look that turns a small room into an open and airy spot. Mirrors on top of a fireplace also add instant depth to any room.

 

 

 

A Little Paint Can Go Along Way before and after

If you have an old drawer set that’s simply gone out of style, add a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware. This will work brilliantly whether you are changing the decor or just need a more updated look. If you don’t know where to begin, we suggest searching in Pinterest, there are a “gazillion” ideas to please everyone.

 

 

 

 

Now that you know what’s trendy, but most importantly EASY in decorating your home, it’s time to get busy and start sprucing up your home. After all, it’s often those finishing touches that make a house into a loving home. If you would like more tips on how to decorate your home or how to get your home staged before selling this year, please let us know! We will gladly give you tips and information to help you add instant style to your home without breaking the bank. Call, text or email us today!

(360) 941-3734

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221

Spice up your home this Valentine’s Day

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Do you ever wish you were one of those people who have elegant home decor for every holiday and season?   Would you like to make your own home look beautiful and festive?  Here are 4 easy yet tasteful ways to decorate your Skagit County home for Valentine’s Day this year… and beyond!

Fresh Flowers

Roses are the first flowers that come to mind when we think of this holiday for sweethearts, but any flowers will add to the beauty of your home on Valentine’s Day, or any day.  Fresh flowers add a lovely natural scent to your home, as well as livening up the indoors during the winter season.

Original Art

Made by you!  Many people are intimidated when they think of making art, but you don’t have to be a master painter to make something attractive to hang on your walls or adorn your mantelpiece.  There are a plethora of tutorials out there for making your own quick and easy, yet beautiful artwork for your home.  Making your own art is creative and affordable, and if you’re feeling the art bug, you can even create a rotating or seasonal gallery!  Try searching Pinterest for ideas.

Create Coziness

Lighting tastefully placed candles is one of the easiest ways to create a cozy ambiance for a room. There are all kinds of colors, sizes, and scents to choose from, but simple white candles or unscented candles can also be lovely.  Whatever you choose will be a testament to your own style and charm.

Add a Splash of Color

Try adding an accent pillow or throw to your couch or plush chair.  Use the holiday as an excuse to change things up and make things feel like new in your home.  You don’t have to go wild with reds and pinks.  A few items here and there will be all you need to set the mood for Valentine’s Day.

A combination of all of these easy things will go a long way toward giving your home a fresh look, even beyond Valentine’s Day.  We could all use some new art, fresh flowers, a splash of new color, and some cozy candles to help us get through the rainy season.

For more tips, please call, text or email us today and let us know how we can help!

 

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

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Ready to repaint your walls?

Painting the walls of your home can be an exciting way to make your home feel like new, but it can also be quite intimidating and overwhelming.  With so many options out there, how will you ever decide which color or colors to use?

Find inspiration

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Use the items already in your home.  Look at the art on your walls, or the colors in your ornamental rug, or even your furniture.  Or be inspired by nature.  Do you love the beach, the desert, the rainforests or the beauty of Anacortes, WA… ?  Try perusing websites like Pinterest for interior design ideas.  As you think of what images inspire you, take into consideration their colors, shades, and tints.

Get to know your dislikes

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A paint store has a very overwhelming selection of colors.  Start whittling down the options by eliminating the colors you don’t like.  Always hated a specific color?  There are so many shades and tints of each color, that by eliminating the ones you dislike, you’ve just done yourself a favor and gotten rid of tons of options!

Test your favorites

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Don’t buy a whole gallon of paint, even if you’re 100% certain that you love it.  Get samples to bring home, and paint some large swatches on the walls in question.  Then, make sure you see those colors during all levels of light – early morning, afternoon sun, evening thunderstorm, cozy winter night…  What looks like a lovely pale blue might have an unattractive purple tint at night.

When in doubt, go with the flow

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Sometimes there’s too much pressure to be creative.  If you feel this way, go with what other people are doing.  This is another time when using the internet for popular interior design styles could be useful.  For example, gray is very popular today.  And you don’t have to feel like a total sheep, because there are tons of shades and tints of gray that you can still choose from.  Popular designs just give you a starting point, while still allowing you to be you.

 

If you’re considering painting the walls of your home because it needs a “makeover” or maybe because you’re getting ready to sell your home this Spring, we can help guide you! There is always a full time real estate broker ready to answer your questions in our Anacortes real estate office. 

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

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Add Color to Your Patio

Did you know that curb appeal is the first thing that buyers notice when they are searching for the perfect home?

A way to bring color to your patio is adding plants and flowers. It is a good idea to add function to the plants and flowers you choose to display on your patio. For an example try and use plants that repel mosquitoes and other insects for a more enjoyable experience while your out on your patio. Citronella, Lemon Grass, and Basil are great plants that repel mosquitoes and will add green color to your patio. Geraniums, Marigolds, and Lavender will also repel mosquitoes and add a variety of color. All of these plants and flowers can be easily found at your local garden centers or nurseries.

Refreshing planter boxes or pots will add color and style to your patio. Creating planters out of old pallets and crates will help add to memories and a great conversation piece. Garage sales are a great place to find old planter boxes or pots that could use some sprucing up. It is best to add a variety of shapes and sizes to have contrast throughout your design. Hanging planters are a nice touch when added height and provide privacy.

If you are in the market for selling your home in Anacortes or Skagit County, add value to your home by enhancing curb appeal!

If you would like more tips on how to add value to your home or if you are wondering what your home is worth in today’s real estate market…

Please give us a call (360) 941-3734 or send us an email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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