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Friday, June 23: Take Your Dog to Work Day

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This Friday, June 23, is the 19th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day! As a pet-friendly office, every day at Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Take Your Dog to Work Day was created by Pet Sitters International to celebrate the great companions that dogs are and promote their adoptions.  Click here for more information: https://www.petsit.com/takeyourdog

For all of your real estate needs throughout Anacortes, Skagit County, Island County and beyond, contact Team Groesbeck daily at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or visit us at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes.

Tips for Traveling Safely with Pets

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Taking a trip with your pet this summer? Here are some things to consider to make sure everyone is ready!

1 – The most important animal-travel tip is to never leave your pet alone in a parked car. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), when the outside temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the interior of a parked car can reach 102 degrees in just 10 minutes and 120 degrees within half an hour. And that’s even if you leave the windows cracked an inch or two. ASPCA also warns that the dangers are not limited to the warmer months: “In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing an animal to freeze to death.” Be your pet’s advocate and always remember their safety.

2 – Consult your veterinarian before embarking on a trip, especially if your pet hasn’t traveled before or if you have any health concerns. Before a long trip, take some shorter drives around town with your pet to see how they respond. Take longer and longer ones as you get nearer to your departure date. If your pet gets really anxious, consult your veterinarian to see what they suggest may to help.

3 – If you’re traveling across state lines, bring along your pet’s vaccination record, especially rabies. Some states require this proof at certain interstate crossings and they are required if you travel into Canada!  Check in with your veterinarian to make sure your vaccinations and records are up to date.

4 – Always take breaks! Make sure to check that your pup is welcome everywhere you plan on stopping. Check in with bringfido.com while visiting new areas to find restaurants, parks, and fun activities that are dog friendly.

5 – Book pet-friendly hotels! GoPetFriendly.com is also great site to check for tons of information on traveling with pets.

6 – Always prep a pet-friendly travel kit. Bring food, water, bowls, a leash, plenty of potty bags, grooming supplies, any prescribed medications a pet-friendly first-aid kit, and any travel documents. Don’t forget your dog’s flea, tick and heart worm preventatives. If you need medication or supplies on the road, your veterinarian has an online store to shop from that can ship anywhere in the US!

7 – Put your leash somewhere accessible and put your dog’s leash on before you open the car door. Also make sure your pet wears a collar and tag imprinted with your name, phone number and any relevant contact information. Some states also require that your dog wears a tag with his state dog license information.

8 – If you are camping or doing lots of outdoor activities like hiking, make sure to do nightly tick checks, and it doesn’t hurt to give your pup extra pets and treats while you’re at it!

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Open House June 24

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Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor will host a public open house on Saturday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The following events and activities will take place throughout the day:

  • 5K Run along the flight line
  • Displays and demonstrations of NAS Whidbey Island Aircraft, which may include the EA-18G Growler, P3-C Orion, P-8A Poseidon, MH-60S Knighthawk, and the C-40A Clipper
  • Navy Band performance
  • Guided bus tours
  • Search and Rescue/K-9 Working Dog Demonstration
  • Fire Department Static Displays and Rescue Demonstrations
  • Explosive Ordinance Demonstration
  • Climbing wall
  • Children’s Bounce House
  • Aviation memorabilia

 

Budget-Friendly Home Upgrades

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Home upgrades can typically bring on feelings of dread and come with big spending. Fortunately, there are numerous budget-friendly home upgrades that can be done through simple changes around the home- some of them only involve cleaning!

While cleaning your entire home should be at the top of your list if you are planning to sell, deep cleaning places you wouldn’t normally think of can make a huge impact on the overall feel of the home.
One or two times each year, be sure to give all of your kitchen cabinets a good scrub, as well as the walls of your kitchen and in rooms in which you spend the majority of your time. It can be surprising how much dust and dirt collects on the walls of our homes.

Speaking of the kitchen, did you know you can face lift your appliances? Many dishwasher panels are white on one side, and black on the other- just remove a few screws and turn things around! Check with your manufacturer to see what options you have, and whether or not they sell replacement panels. While you’re at it, give the insides of your appliances (including your dishwasher) a good scrub.

Brighten up your bathroom easily by checking first to make sure things are functional. Have you checked the caulking around your tub, sink, and baseboards recently? If it is discolored or peeling, redo it! Next, look at small items such as faucets, shower heads, and light fixtures. These are items that can easily (and fairly inexpensively) be replaced, yet will give the whole room a different feeling. This is also a good time to wipe down the front of your vanity to freshen it up without replacing it entirely.

Whether you are showing your home to sell or having a party, flooring is something that everyone looks at when they enter your home. If your carpet is worn and you are not willing or able to replace it, have it professionally cleaned! You can even rent a quality rug cleaner and take care of it yourself. If you don’t have carpet, be sure that you keep the floor swept and cleaned regularly; stepping on a sticky or crummy floor makes the whole room feel icky.

Anacortes, WA is home to many beautiful properties. Let us know if we can help you sell yours so we can give you even more information on cost-effective ways to update your home!

Anacortes, WA Day Trips and Activities

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Anacortes, WA is home to many summer events. Surrounding the city, however, are several beautiful day trip destinations- many of which are perfect for the whole family!

Anacortes Kayak Tours
“The San Juan Islands and surrounding areas boast some of the most abundant wildlife viewing and scenic vistas in Washington State”. Sea kayaking is a unique way to truly experience the San Juan Islands. Tour lengths can be five hours, three hours, and one and a half hours- there really are options for almost every age!
For more info click here.

Whale Watching
If you prefer to view your surroundings from a vessel a bit larger than a kayak, hop on one of the whale watching tour. They typically last half of the day, giving everyone the opportunity to take in the San Juan Islands and learn about the history of the Puget Sound.

Old Town Anacortes
Summer is the perfect time to truly get to know Anacortes; visit the Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning, then take the opportunity to walk through the Old Town district and browse the shops on Commercial Avenue. There is no shortage of boutiques, antique shops, book stores, and coffee shops to browse. You can even take a short walk to the marina and enjoy watching the boats coming in and going out.

Deception Pass State Park
If you’ve only driven across the bridge and haven’t actually gone into the park, you need to! Pack a lunch from the Farmer’s Market and go exploring around the park. There is a swimming and picnic area for the family, and miles of hiking and biking trails. You can even take advantage of clamming and crabbing during certain times of the year.
For information and directions click here.

Museums
Did you know that Anacortes is home to two unique museums? If you are looking for ways to teach the kids about local history (or become more familiar with it yourself), check out the Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center & W.T. Preston museum. Learn about Anacortes’ history of fishing, exploration, and overall establishment.
For more information click here.

Ferries
When was the last time you took a ferry for fun? If you are new to the area or have been cooped up all winter, take advantage of the summer months to explore one of the many surrounding islands. Guemes Island, Orcas, San Juan, Lopez, or Shaw Island are all home to beautiful scenery, delicious food, and endless outdoor activities. You can even take a ferry up to Vancouver Island- just be sure to bring passports!

Day Hikes
Spend time outside on one of the beautiful trails just minutes from town! Take a look at our Outdoors in Anacortes post to find the perfect activity for you.

Delicious Summer Recipes

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With fresh food and outdoor cooking possibilities, this is the best time to start experimenting with those recipes you’ve been hanging onto all winter long.

So take advantage of the amazing Anacortes Farmer’s Market, and try one of our favorite summer recipes!

Lasagna Stuffed Peppers from Peace + Love + Low Carb
Try wrapping these in tinfoil and cooking them on the grill!

Hawaiian Chicken Skewers from Foodie Crush
Who doesn’t love a good kabob?

Grilled Cinnamon Peaches from Tasty
If you haven’t grilled peaches on a summer evening, you haven’t experienced summer. Check out this 37-second video to find what you’ve been missing!

Caramelized Brown Sugar Cinnamon Grilled Pineapple from The Recipe Critic
There are no words to adequately describe how good this really is.

Perfect Grilled Steak with Herb Butter from Iowa Girl Eats
Because perfectly cooked steak deserves to be eaten outdoors.

Marinated Grilled Summer Veggies + Sausage from Whole & Heavenly Oven
If you don’t have room to spread them out on the grill as the recipe instructs, create a tinfoil “bag” and just remember to rotate it so everything cooks evenly.

50 Pasta Salad Recipes from Country Living
No grilling involved, but definitely a crowd favorite.

Grilled Foil Ranch Potatoes from Favorite Family Recipes
Yum.
And a bonus: How to Grill a Pizza from Simply Recipes– because one has to give it a try.

Selling a Home with Pets

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We love our pets and can’t imagine a world without them, but not everyone shares our sentiments. This can make things tricky when it comes to selling a home that has housed our furry friends. The main reason for the nervousness is because your pets are not their pets; potential home buyers only witness what the pet may or may not have done to the home, and no one wants to take on the task of removing pet smells and fur from their newly purchased home.

Fortunately, there is one way to ease the minds of those who view your home: remove pet evidence.

Yes, this includes your pet. When showings are scheduled, before anything else, make arrangements for your pet to be elsewhere while a potential buyer views your home. Home showings rarely take very long, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to send Fluffy on a walk with your spouse or children. If weather doesn’t permit this, perhaps ask a neighbor if they would be willing to dog or cat sit for an hour or so- even if it means keeping your furry loved one in a kennel in their yard for a while. You can also be held liable if Fluffy decides to get defensive and either bites or scratches someone entering your home.

Remove negatives associated with pets. If you have a cat litter box or doggy potty pad, clean it and remove it from sight completely. Clean and sanitize the area in which it is generally housed, as pet urine really is a huge turn off in every way.
Same goes for feeding areas; remove water and food bowls, as well as any signs of saliva around the bowls.

Floor stains. Get rid of them. Cover them with an area rug, rent a rug cleaner, or replace it altogether. You can even hire a professional who is well- experienced in removing stubborn pet stains. It will keep buyers from forming unfavorable opinions about the rest of the home and will absolutely pay out in the end.

Repair other damage. Unfortunately, bigger pets can cause other damage such as holes in the wall or scratches on the furniture. This is the time to repair those drywall issues and put away that wooden end table with the obvious teeth or claw marks.

Clean your yard. This isn’t just limited to picking up pet waste. Make sure any damage to the fence or sod is repaired and not noticeable to the buyer.

Last but not least; remove pet clutter. You may be in love with the cute basket you picked out to house Fluffy’s toys, however this is just one more sign to potential buyers that pets live there. Put them in a box or in your car so they are out of sight and out of mind.

The most important thing to remember is to not take any pet advice personal; your goal is to sell your home, not to make buyers fall in love with your pets!

Moving or travelling with pets? We can help with that too! Just check our out post on Moving With Pets to put your mind at ease.

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.

Use Less Energy in Your Home

Happy Memorial Day!

Whether or not you believe your home to be energy efficient, you can take steps on your own to conserve your energy footprint and shrink your bills!

Use our Home Energy checklist to see what you can do, and what you already might be doing to use less energy in your home in Anacortes.

Heating & Cooling:
• Install a ceiling fan, rather than running air conditioning.
• Replace air filters in air conditioners and heaters to prevent them from working harder than they need to.
• Take advantage of wood burning stoves if your home has one.
• In winter months, hang heavier curtains or put blankets or thick plastic around windows; this creates an extra barrier between your home and the cold temperatures.
• Be sure air is not escaping (or intruding) through cracks in windows or doors.

Lighting:
• Replace incandescent light bulbs with LED or CFL bulbs; these use up to 75% less energy that traditional incandescent bulbs.
• Take advantage of natural lighting; no need to turn lights on when we can use the good ol’ sun!

Electronics and Appliances
• Items such as computers or anything with a “power light” should be unplugged when not in use, as they are still using power even when turned off!
• Use a toaster oven or microwave for small baking items rather than using the large stove.
• Maximize your appliances’ potential; do full loads of dishes and laundry, and use appropriate temperature settings while doing so.
• Use power strips that can be turned off when not in use; a lot of energy is wasted through electronics plugged in.

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Let us know if you would like more energy saving tips! Text, call or email our real estate office in Anacortes today!

info@jeangroesbeck.com

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

(360) 899-5027