Fall Home Maintenance Tips

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Before the Anacortes weather grows colder it’s important to prepare for the winter months to prevent costly damage to your property. Below are the suggested fall preventative home maintenance steps for homeowners from HomeAdvisor.com.

 

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clean gutters and downspouts frequently throughout fall to prevent build up of leaves and other debris.
  • Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems and pest infestations, not to mention ruined gutters.
  • Be sure water is not coming down behind gutters and that all support brackets are securely in place.
  • Ensure that water drains properly and doesn‚Äôt pool. Pooling can cause damage to foundations, driveways, and walkways.

 

Windows and Doors

  • Change summer screens to cool weather storm windows and doors.
  • Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames.
  • Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and to lower heating bills.

 

Heating Systems

  • Replace the filter in your furnace.
  • Consider having a heating professional check your heating system to ensure optimal performance and discover minor problems before they turn into costly major repairs.
  • Clean your ducts to better your heating system‚Äôs efficiency as well as to reduce household dust and to provide relief to those with respiratory problems.

 

Plumbing

  • To prevent pipes freezing and bursting, ensure that the pipes are well insulated.
  • Know how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve in case pipes do freeze.

 

Chimney and Fireplace

  • Call a professional in to inspect and clean your chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires.
  • Test your fireplace flue for a tight seal when closed.

 

Attic Ventilation

  • Be sure attic insulation doesn‚Äôt cover vents in the eaves to prevent winter ice dams on the roof.
  • Be sure ridge vents and vents at eaves are free of plants and debris.
  • Check bird and rodent screens for attic vents to prevent any unwanted guests.

 

Landscape and Yardwork

  • Although grass appears to stop growing in the fall, the roots are actually growing deeper to prepare for winter. Now is the best time to fertilize and reseed your lawn.
  • Prune your trees and shrubs after the leaves turn to encourage healthy growth.
  • Trim any tree limbs that are dangerously close to power lines or the roof of your house. Heavy snow and ice can cause damage in the winter.

 

Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is the Anacortes real estate experts. Located at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes, Team Groesbeck is available daily for all of your real estate needs throughout Anacortes, Skagit County, Island County and beyond. Please contact us at (360) 941-3734, (360) 899-5027 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com 7 days a week.

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.

 

Lighten Up before-after-lamp

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.

 

 

 

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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

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‚Äôve 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 Рearly 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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Refresh Your Home with 5 Spring Cleaning Tips!

Spring came early this season and it is here in Anacortes! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and that means it is time to spruce up your home. During the winter months there are areas of our home that collect dust and harmful allergens. It is time for spring cleaning! If you are thinking of selling your home this spring, having a clean and clutter free home will help getting your home sold faster! Here are 5 helpful tips to freshen up your home and add value to your investment.

1. Dusting:

Baseboard Heaters, Vents, Light Fixtures and Fans, and Walls

Using a vacuum attachment makes for an easy solution to cleaning out the dust that is collected throughout the year and especially through the winter months when they are most in use. Dust tends to build up on and in baseboard heaters, vents, light fixtures and fans. Walls tend to get sticky and can collect dust as well, washing your walls helps both with cleanliness and visual appeal. A combination of vinegar, dish soap, and water is a safe and effective solution to battling the collected dirt on walls throughout your home.

2. Windows:

Window tracks and Panes

Mold develops in the tracks of window tracks due to humidity, not only is this harmful to our health but is also a very bad eye sore. Light scrubbing with a combination of dish soap, water, and vinegar will allow for the best results in eliminating mold and mildew in your window tracks. Washing your windows will allow you to have a more bright and beautiful results when the sun starts to shine!

3. Kitchen:

Refrigerator, Oven, and Cabinets

Wiping out your refrigerator can help you eliminate clutter and purge out unwanted items. Crumbs are collected in refrigerators, ovens, and cabinets. Taking the time to clean these areas of your kitchen helps avoid unwanted house guests, such as insects and mice. Reduce clutter in your cabinets and evaluating the moisture under your sink can help reduce the build of mold.

4. Laundry Room:

Dryer Vents and Areas Around Your Washer and Dryer

Dust is collected when your dryer vents are not cleaned out properly, this dust can then travel throughout your home. Using a vacuum attachment makes for an easy solution for collecting the unwanted debris that is unable to escape your vents. Pulling out your machines and cleaning the areas around your washer and dryer can again, eliminate extra debris.

5. Bedrooms:

Mattress and Under the Bed

Vacuuming your mattress and box spring will assist in eliminating dust mites in your bedroom. Dust and dander tends to collect under the bed, cleaning this area can make your room feel refreshed and inviting.

These helpful cleaning tips for the most forgotten areas of your home can help make for a more relaxing and refreshing start to your beautiful home this season! It will also keep your home in great shape for years to come. If you are planning on selling your home soon,these tips can also help add value to your home.

If you would like more tips on how to add value to your home or if you are wondering how much your home is worth, please contact Jean Groesbeck (360) 941-3734, Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com or comment below!