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’t 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’s 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’t 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.

Rare Single Level Living in Mt. Vernon’s Eaglemont Community

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Located at 4701 Beaver Pond Dr. North (MLS 1194609) in Mt. Vernon, this is a rare single level home within the desirable Eaglemont community and is listed at $475,000.

Featuring 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and approximately 2,388 SF, RV parking and a 2 car garage, this home is a fantastic find.

Enjoy a formal living area and dining room or cozy up to the convenient gas fireplace in the family room.  The spacious and gorgeous kitchen features granite counters, elegant hardwoods, stainless steel appliances and a breakfast nook!

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The ample master suite has a generous walk-in closet, walk-in shower, dual vanities and soaking tub.

Beautifully landscaped with a relaxing waterfall, unwind on the deck and take it all in!

Located in Old Town Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain and can be reached daily at (360) 941-3734 for all of your real estate needs throughout Skagit County and beyond!

Excellent 15,000 SF Anacortes Lot with Development Opportunity

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Located off D Ave. in Anacortes (MLS #943659), this 15,000 SF lot could be a great investment opportunity set in an excellent location!  The property has the potential to be subdivided or for two duplexes to be built with a conditional use permit.

Easily accessible to Hwy. 20, Oak Harbor and NAS Whidbey Island are just a short drive away. City sewer and water are available, and electricity, phone and cable are in the street.

Contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC in Old Town Anacortes for more information or to view this property at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

Odds are there is no housing bubble

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In the post-crisis era, it can be hard to believe there’s no negative outcome lurking behind today’s soaring housing prices.

But new analysis of data from 14 developed countries shows there’s minimal risk of a dramatic decline in home prices any time soon, despite current fears of a “bubble-bursting” correction.

The research comes as housing prices set new records nationwide, surpassing their 2006 peaks in almost all areas of the country.

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Old Town Anacortes Charm 1 Block from Guemes Channel!

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1602 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes (MLS 1192347) is a Sears Craftsman kit home and is located on a corner lot just one block from the Anchor Cove Marina and Guemes Ferry, and features plenty of Old Town Anacortes charm.

1602 7th-7Available for $200,000, this property would make for an excellent starter home or investment property.
Approximately 936 SF, 2 beds and 1 bath, the home’s corner lot and alley behind the property make this quiet home feel much larger.

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Additional lovely features include tall ceilings, 5 panel doors, pine floors, claw foot tub, updated kitchen and an enclosed back porch. Its unfinished basement provides abundant storage, craft, or shop space. The Guemes Channel is visible from the yard, and the view would be spectacular from a second story!

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Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC daily to view this property at (360) 941-3734, or by email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com. Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC is located in Old Town Anacortes at 809 7th St.

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3501 G Ave.: Charming Anacortes Home in Quiet Neighborhood

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3501 G Ave. (MLS 1190698) in Anacortes is available for $450,000 and sprawls approximately 2,162 SF and features 5 total bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a large living room with a cozy gas fireplace and vaulted ceiling plus den.

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The kitchen has been completely gutted and renovated with new soft-close cabinets & drawers, granite counters, walk-in pantry and stainless steel appliances.

Off the master, enjoy a private deck where you can take in Mount Baker and bay views.  Additionally, the master has also been remodeled and features heated floors, ample walk-in shower and walk-in closet!

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Entertain in the large backyard with an inviting gazebo, sauna and large shed. Fenced parking for RV/boat. Close to schools, parks and Anacortes Forest Lands.

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For additional information about this Anacortes property or for any of your real estate needs, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, Licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain, DAILY at (360) 941-3734, or via email at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.  Located in Old Town Anacortes, visit our office at 809 7th St.!

Charming 1925 Old Town Anacortes Home on Nearly 3 Lots

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810 7th St. (MLS 1055458) was built in 1925, features 4 bedrooms and 1.75 baths, more than 1,500 SF and is in the heart of the Old Town Anacortes action!

Available for $399,000, this property is located just steps from the Anacortes Farmers Market, local restaurants, shops, Cap Sante Marina and trailways.

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Spanning nearly 3 lots with a detached garage and level back yard, 810 7th St. is zoned Commercial Business District and could be an excellent investment opportunity for rental income, a VRBO, or business.

Available 7 days a week for all of your real estate needs, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC for more information about this property or to schedule a private showing at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

20+ Acres Waterfront Estate on Guemes Island with 800′ of Sandy Shoreline

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Seeking serenity and privacy? 4142 Clark Point Road (MLS 1152147) is a private, gated, waterfront estate on more than 20 acres on beautiful Guemes Island, just across the channel from Anacortes.

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Listed at $3 million, improvements to this magnificent property include a heated pool with Pennsylvania Bluestone pool decks; stunning outdoor living area with hot tub and fireplace, built-in BBQ, party cabana and pool equipment building.

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Follow an easy trail to your 800′ of private sandy beach or enjoy the property’s barn/shop space, play tennis on the resurfaced fenced tennis court, or simply take in your private native gardens, meadows, ponds, spectacular views and abundant wildlife.

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A septic field is on property with 2 drain fields, as well as all utilities.

Just 90 minutes from Seattle, 4142 Clark Point Road is within the acclaimed Anacortes School District.

Contact Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. 7 days a week for all of your real estate needs at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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1930s Mt. Vernon Barn Home Completely Rebuilt & Restored

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Listed for sale by Anacortes-based Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC for $1.2 million, 12636 Chilberg Rd. in Mt. Vernon (MLS #1108498) is a completely renovated and rebuilt 1930s barn that has been transformed into a 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom home on approximately 3 acres with sweeping 360° views of tulip farms and mountains.

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Comprised of more than 8,300 square-feet, the home features vaulted ceilings with soaring windows, a dream kitchen, multiple decks, a mother-in-law apartment, huge outbuilding, RV parking and private pond.

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12636 Childberg Rd. is listed for sale for $1.2 million and is located within the La Conner School District.

For additional information about this property, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC. Team Groesbeck is available daily to assist its clients with all of their real estate needs and can be reached at (360) 941-3734.  Located in Old Town Anacortes, the Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC office is located at 809 7th St.

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