Should I Paint Before I Sell?

For some, even thinking of painting their home can become overwhelming. Many question the idea of painting before selling their home, is it worth the effort and money? The answer is YES! Adding a fresh coat of paint to the exterior and interior will add value to your home, and will help you receive the best price for your home.

The first thing a potential buyer will see when walking up to your home is the exterior, it is vital to make sure your home is ready for those buyers and first impressions matter! Taking the time to paint the exterior of your home will make buyers feel that there is less work for them to take on before the purchase.

It is important to give your home the best look before you take the step in selling your home. Painting the interior of your home brings new life to your home and makes the potential buyers feel the home is move-in ready. If you have rooms that are painted to a specific style that might not catch the eye of potential buyers it is best to choose a paint color that is neutral or appealing to a wide range of buyers. The goal of selling a home is to attract as many buyers as possible and a fresh coat of paint will help impress those potential buyers.

Painting your home before selling is great for cleaning up the marks and dings that occur throughout the time of living in your home. New buyers will want to see fresh clean lines and want to envision themselves living in the home before putting in an offer.

For more tips on how to add value to your home before selling CLICK HERE! There are many different ideas that will help make sure your home is sold for the best price possible!

Are you ready to sell your home in Anacortes or Skagit County? Even if you are thinking about selling soon, we can help!

Call Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3437 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com for more information on selling your home for the best return on your investment.

 

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.

 

 

 

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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

Does Landscaping Add Value to Your Home?

Photo courtesy of BigSkyLandscaping.com

Photo courtesy of BigSkyLandscaping.com

Whether you live in a condominium or a single-family house, landscaping can certainly make your home easier to sell. But will attractive landscaping add value to your home?

Potted plants, freshly edged green lawn, and weed-free garden areas will make your home more attractive and appealing. The more appealing the home or condo, the more marketable it is and the faster it will sell.

Well-manicured landscaping helps frame other elements of curb appeal. It is considered a value-added feature because it helps create a positive first impression. While landscaping can add some value, you can almost always get a return on your investment in decks and patios. As decks have become more desirable, their resale value has continued to increase.

In the yard and garden of your single-family home or in pots on your condo deck or patio, use plants, trees, and other landscaping elements freely to make your home more appealing and help you sell it more quickly when the time is right.

So the answer is YES, landscaping adds value to your home or condo. It will definitely be the “wow” factor that buyers look for when buying a home. Remember, the more appealing the outside of a home is, the more desirable it will be for buyers.

If you are thinking of selling this spring or have any questions on how to get your home ready before selling, please call, text or email us. We are always happy to help.

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221

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

 

Are You Ready To Own Your First Home? (Part 2)

 

 

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Last week we shared with you Part 1 of : “What to consider when buying a home”. We went over the first steps to take before looking for your dream home in Anacortes or Skagit County.  So now you found your dream home for sale and are ready to make an offer. Now what? Here is Part 2…

Making and Submitting an Offer

Once you’ve found your dream home for sale, your Jean Groesbeck & Associates LLC  real estate broker will  complete a purchase and sale agreement to make an offer to buy your perfect home.  We will walk you through financing, insurance, title and escrow companies, and all that goes into making an offer. Your real estate broker will then present the offer to the listing agent or directly with the seller in person if possible.  Once your offer is accepted, the purchase and loan process begins.

Escrow

A lot is involved in this step, but don’t worry. We’re here to help you!  This is when financing, home appraisal, inspections, and possible further negotiations occur.  You usually will sign closing documents prior to the day of closing at the escrow company of your choice. As closing day gets near, you will have begin to plan your move with ample time.

Moving

Moving is a process that often takes much longer than people expect.  Will you move yourself, or hire movers?  Will you be bringing every piece of furniture you own?  Make sure it will fit in the new spaces.  Consider having a yard sale!  Your real estate broker will give you moving tips and if available a checklist for moving. This will make moving so much easier and stress free!

Closing

On the day of closing you usually get the keys by 9 PM  unless something different is specified in purchase and sale agreement. This day you are officially a home owner and now it’s time to move into your new dream home!

We will do everything we can to make the home buying process as easy as possible. We want to make your home buying experience enjoyable and the transaction flawless!  We believe that purchasing a new home should be fun and you deserve to have the best local real estate broker that can make this happen.

Call, text or email us anytime with any questions you have on buying a new home in Anacortes, Whidbey Island or Skagit County. We are here to help!

(360) 941-3734

Info@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221

Moving with Pets?

What will my new home be like?

Once you purchase your new home you will most likely be busy packing, changing utilities, maybe holding a garage sale…. and this often means less time with your pet.  Whether you are  buying a new home or selling your home, moving can add stress to your life and believe it or not, your pets will pick up on your stress level.

Here are some tips to make moving less stressful for “Fido” or “Garfield”:

1. Keep updated vaccinations/medical records with you in case of emergency.

2. Carry a copy of your veterinarian’s business card or phone number.

3. Check with your vet about things to be aware of at your new location.  In Anacortes we don’t have to worry about heartworm, but if you are moving to an area that has heartworm, you will want to consider starting preventative medication prior to going to your new location.

4. Make sure your pet’s collar has updated I.D. information.

5. Have a leash and harness easily accessible.  Keep your pet confined to just part of the house until they are used to your new location.

6. Consider giving your pet bottled water at the new location so that his/her system is not shocked.

7. Have an adequate supply of pet food in a watertight container.  Do not make any changes in your pet’s diet during this time!

8. If driving to to your new location, don’t leave your pet in the car during sunny weather.

9. Look for pet friendly hotels and call ahead to make reservations.

10. If you are traveling with a cat, bring a litter box and supply of litter.

11.  Have your pet’s bed and favorite toys available.

Remember, if you are anxious or stressed it goes down the leash to your pet. Try researching for local pet services as soon as you are settled in your new home. Most importantly,take time to play with your pet and it will relieve stress for both of you!

If you would like more tips on moving with pets or selling your home with pets, please contact us at (360) 941-3734 or send us an email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

809 7th St Anacortes, WA - (360) 941-3734

Enhance Curb Appeal- Planning Your Garden

Would you like to add value to your home without spending thousands of dollars?

Having a good landscape will add curb appeal, improve the overall look of the outside of your home and add value to your investment . Right now is the time of year to start working on your home garden to enhance the curb appeal. If you are thinking of selling this year, having a great curb appeal can get you more money for your investment and will help sell your home faster. A garden can help contribute to the overall landscaping and curb appeal of your home increasing the interest of future buyers, impress your neighbors, or make you feel cheerful to see a beautiful landscape as you pull into your driveway.

If you are unsure where to start, here are a few steps to get you headed in the right direction:

1. Planning- Sketch out your existing yard. Include the intended planting areas, decks, trees, slopes, fences, walkways, etc. Make sure you have the actual dimensions to help you make the right choices when picking out trees, shrubs, and flowers. Note bloom times, color, and varieties to ensure an appealing garden year round.

2. Start with trees- Trees create a focal point that will help you layout the rest of your garden. Trees provide shade and colorful foliage in the fall and elegant flowering trees in the spring and summer.

3. Shrubs come next- Large bushes and shrubs create beautiful garden art, help develop pathways, and make for great privacy walls.

4. Incorporating flowering shrubs and grasses- Flowering shrubs and grasses can be used to screen plain garages and help create attractive accents to frame your garden.

5. Finish with perennials, bulbs, and annuals- Perennials offer shape to your garden, bulbs create colorful arrangements in the early spring, and annuals provide as later spring and summer accents.

Size, color, and bloom span are all important aspects when creating a garden, make sure to research which trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials, and annuals will best fit your garden. Keep in mind the mature size of each part of your garden; try not to go by the current size of each plant. Maintenance is the key to help keep your garden beautiful throughout the years to come. Developing a watering routine and removing all dead, broken, diseased, or problem limbs will promote new growth.

Most important of all is to have fun gardening! The outcome of your hard work can make the outside of your home more appealing if you are thinking about selling and why not… impress your neighbors!

If you would like to learn how to add value to your home or if you are thinking about selling, please contact Jean Groesbeck (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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Is clutter making your home look messy and chaotic?

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Living in a cluttered home is not only overwhelming but it can also impact you and your family’s quality of life. Clutter and chaos can contribute to an atmosphere of stress and anxiety in your home. Here are some tips to help declutter your home, simplify your life and re-gain control!

1. Slow Down: Don’t try to organize your entire home in a day! You will more likely become frustrated as the day goes by. Try to spend one hour a day organizing a room. You can even break it down further and spend a few minutes organizing a small space like a cluttered desk or counter. By completing one task a time you will have a visible progress and feel motivated to do more!

2. Designate & File: Correspondence & papers are the most common causes of clutter in a home because we place them everywhere – kitchen counters, desks and dressers. Designate a spot for them in your home. Create some folders with labels and file your bills & other important papers. This way you will always find them when you need them. Recycle what you don’t need! In a few weeks you will see the big difference this will make.

3. Get rid of things: Once you have decided what area to “attack” first, grab a couple of boxes or containers and keep them next to you. As you are clearing the area, throw in the box anything that you don’t need. Use one box for trash and the other for donations. If you have a sweater that you have not worn in 3 years, it is time to donate it. If you have a pile of magazines you haven’t flipped through since 2001, recycle them.

4. Avoid Distractions: Set aside a specific day and time to start working and commit to your task. TV is your biggest enemy, turn it off.

By following these steps, your home will not only be safer but healthier as well. A clean and clutter-free environment can help eliminate stress, falling risks and significantly reduce allergies in your home. So what are you waiting for? It is time to take control of your home.

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