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

 

Top 4 Buyer Turnoffs

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If you are thinking of selling your home or are in the process of selling your home, there are a lot of things to consider.  We’ve compiled a list for you of the top four things to avoid doing when listing your home for sale.

1.  Don’t intimidate the buyer!  

This seems like a no brainer, right?  However, you may not realize that you are in fact, intimidating the buyer, simply by giving them a tour of your home. It seems innocent enough, but when you are with them every step of the way, perhaps pointing out hand crafted features you made with your own two hands, the buyer may feel obligated to seem appreciative of these additions, when in fact they prefer a different style.  In short, the buyer can’t be as open and honest as they would be with a Realtor®.

2.  Get rid of those unpleasant odors!

Avoid cooking strong-smelling foods like broccoli, cabbage, fish, or garlic on showing dates.  Make sure all clothing is freshly laundered and put away neatly.  Wash pet items like towels, beds, toys and keep these items out of sight.  Also, make sure you don’t go wild with air fresheners or incense.  What smells wonderful to you might be quite unappealing to the nose of your buyer or they can even be allergic to some fresheners.

3.  Don’t overprice your home!

We don’t mean to be offensive here, but because of sentimentality, you might have an elevated sense of how much your home is worth.  Talk with our experienced  Jean Groesbeck & Associates LLC  real estate brokers to find out how much your home is worth in the current market.  When potential buyers see an overpriced home online or in a flyer, they often won’t even bother to look at it.  Those who do, will expect certain standards of a home in this price range.

4.  Be careful with home improvements!

Your house may have some years on it, and perhaps the walls need to be painted, or the master bath needs an update.  Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Bright colored walls in the guest bedroom, or an exotic themed bathroom may be lovely to one person, but not so much to someone else.  It’s always better to go with understated than overstated.  If your home needs improvements before you sell it, consult with us!  We can help you make choices that will get you the most return on your investment.

Call, text or email us anytime with any questions you have on selling your home in Anacortes, or other areas in Skagit County. Our team of full time real estate agents is here to help you with any questions you have. If you are thinking about selling your home in Anacortes or Skagit County, right now is the best time to sell! Contact us today!

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221