Fall Preparation List

autumn-speed-bumpsHere in Anacortes the leaves are falling, and cool breezes are blowing as fall has arrived. Now is the perfect time for homeowners and sellers to get their homes prepped before winter to aid in avoiding issues in the coming months. On the following list are some suggestions that you can use to assist in protecting your home.

  • Seal and caulk around exterior doors and window frames. Check for gaps where pipes or wiring enter your home and caulk those as well. Not only does heat escape through these openings, but moisture can enter and cause mold or structural damage.
  • Check the roof for missing or flawed shingles. Water, wind, ice, and snow can cause serious damage to a susceptible roof, leading to a greater chance of damage to the home. It’s best to have a qualified professional inspect and repair the roof if needed.
  • Clean out gutters and eaves of leaves, sticks, and any other debris. Using leaf guards can be a real time saver and can prevent damage from clogged gutters. Check the joints between sections of gutter, as well as between the gutter and downspouts, and make any necessary repairs.
  • In regions where there is freezing weather, garden hoses should be drained and stored inside to safeguard them from the weather. Turn off outside faucets and be sure that exterior pipes are drained as well. Faucets and pipes can easily freeze and break, causing leaks and serious water damage.
  • The furnace should be inspected to ensure that it’s safe and in good working order. Some utility companies will provide no cost inspections, but there can be a long waiting list in fall and winter. You should replace disposable furnace air filters or clean the permanent ones according to the manufacturer’s instructions. By using a clean filter, you will help the furnace run more efficiently, saving money plus energy.
  • Homeowners can safely enjoy their fireplace on a chilly evening but be sure the firebox and chimney are professionally cleaned before use. Creosote, a byproduct of wood burning, can build up and be at dangerous levels and cause a devastating chimney fire if not removed.

With these easy steps you can enjoy the comforts of your home all season long and know that you are protecting your investment too. Not a homeowner yet but are contemplating buying your dream home? Check out Anacortes homes for sale.

Local Events Happening in Anacortes October 2018

If you think Anacortes is only alive in the summer, think again! Here are some fun events happening the week of October 19-21 2018 in Anacortes WA.

Vintage MarketLooking for a something to do this weekend while the weather in Anacortes is still marvelous? Sassy Frass Company is presenting the Anacortes Glitter & Glitz Vintage Market & Gift Show at 100 Commercial Ave in Anacortes. This experience is sure to be everything you’re expecting and more with the best of both worlds at one great show!

On October 19th and 20th come and see why this Anacortes event was voted one of Vintage Holiday Magazine’s top 10 Vintage Holiday Markets. At the VIP 21+ event on Friday, October 19th from 6 to 9pm, you can savor a gratuitous beverage and an exceptional gift, all while you enjoy exclusive early shop local purchasing.

Your Friday night ticket also includes admission to Saturday’s event for more terrific shopping in Anacortes. Vendors will be replenishing their booths with new and exciting autumn and holiday items for Saturday, including décor for homes and garden, antiques, jewelry, clothing, furniture, vintage finds, and up-cycled items that are ready to go home with you.

Tickets for Saturday’s 9am to 4pm event will be available at the door the day of the event as well as online. By donating two cans of food at the door you are eligible for a discounted entry ticket. This event brings a lot of visitors to Anacortes. It is recommended that you purchase tickets online; this will limit your time in line on the day of the event. We are delighted to welcome you to our charming town and this event set on Fidalgo Island in gorgeous Anacortes!

Looking to stay long-term and relish in the charm of Fidalgo Island? You can find all homes for sale in Anacortes HERE

 

 

98221 Artists Studio TourHave a passion for local Anacortes art? Love supporting your local Anacortes artists? Join the Anacortes 98221 Artists Studio Tour presented by the Anacortes Arts Commission, on October 20th and 21st from 10am to 5pm.

The local Anacortes Arts Commission has a selection of over 40 local Anacortes artists for the 2018 Anacortes tour, including 30 local Anacortes studios plus other locations, including downtown Anacortes.

This local Anacortes event highlights artists who live or work in the Anacortes 98221 zip code. Displaying fiber art, metal art, woodwork, painting, fused glass, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture, and more!

This is a self-guided tour. Tour guide map pick up locations can be found online at the Anacortes Arts Commission website. If you love the tour and want to live local so you can experience local Anacortes art daily CLICK HERE to find your dream home.

If you would like to know more about community events in Anacortes, follow our blog HERE.

10 Things To Do Before Summer Ends

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1. Go for a picnic
It seems a little old-fashioned, but a picnic can still be a lot of fun. Put some food in a basket or a cooler, go find a grassy spot somewhere, plop down, and have a meal. Take your friends or your family along and make an experience that you’ll remember.

2. Go find your nearest body of water
Water is an amazing thing and you can do a lot with it. Go visit a body of water this summer like a lake, an ocean or a river. Go fishing, swimming, lying on the beach or go on a boat ride. There are a hundred things you can do once you hit the water. Visit Double Bluff Beach down in Freeland or Rocky Point in Oak Harbor, just to name a few.

3. Walk somewhere
We are always sitting in front of our computers or sitting down on the couch after a long day, but why not switch your routine around and go for a walk somewhere! We have legs that we are using less and less these days. Do your body a favor and pound some pavement this summer. Find a park or a trail and walk around while enjoying the outdoors. Whatever it may be, a little exercise won’t hurt. Visit one of our parks in Anacortes such as Cap Sante Park, Washington Park or John Storvik Playground.

4. Try something you’ve never tried before
When we were kids, summer was a time of exploration. We took the time off of school to try a lot of new things and begin to compile the experiences that would eventually become treasured memories. That doesn’t stop there just because we are adults right now! There are a lot of things left to experience and you have one more month to do them! Take a road trip somewhere or take a ferry to the San Juan Islands. The possibilities are endless, and they’ll be your treasured memories years from now.

5. Have a BBQ
Fire up the grill and the smoker because it’s summer! There is no better time to have a BBQ and invite your friends, neighbors, and family over. It’s a fun time and it’s a great way to bond with the people you care about. BBQ is also delicious and with all of the activities you’ll be doing, it’ll be easy to keep the weight off too.

6. Go hiking and camping
Enjoying the great outdoors is always a good suggestion. Grabbing the old tent and sleeping bag, trekking out to the middle of nowhere, and sleeping there can be a liberating and refreshing experience. You’ll be away from civilization, away from the internet and cellphone, and bonding with nature. It’s great exercise too! Try checking out the Deception Pass Bridge or hike down on Bowman Bay on Whidbey Island.

7. Volunteer
It’s never too late to help those in need or to volunteer in places around your community. Volunteer to be a lifeguard or to help clean up trash out of your local parks and woods. It’s your community, so why not help keep it safe and clean? We’re sure your local church and school have an activity list long enough to fill your entire summer.

8. Have a garage sale
During the winter, there Is no doubt that you stocked up on stuff during the holiday season. That means it’s time to climb into the attic, venture into the garage, and dive into the basement to find all the old junk you don’t need anymore. You could throw it away, but one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Drop it out on the lawn, put some for sale signs on it, and make yourself a few bucks while you remove some clutter from your house. Try visiting Stanwood, Washington at the NOAH Center to donate your things for the Howling Garage Sale!

9. Go to an outdoor concert
Summer is a great time to go see an outdoor show. A lot of artists tour during the summer and most large cities have an outdoor venue. There is even a boatload of festivals available where you can go see acts from multiple genres. Outdoor shows have more freedom than indoor shows and there is nothing that isn’t enjoyable about sitting in the grass with a beer and listening to music you enjoy. Make sure to come into Anacortes, Washington for a FREE summer concert series on Friday and Saturday nights in August!

10. Find a movie drive-in
You can find your local drive-in theater at the Blue Fox Drive-In Theatre in Oak Harbor, Washington, and the Wheel-In-Motor Movie Drive-In in Port Townsend, Washington. If you’re up for it, it’s totally worth driving out a couple of hours. There is something that is just fun about lying on your car or the bed of your truck while you watch a movie on a gigantic screen. It’s an experience that won’t be around for much longer, so it’s recommended you try it at least once.

Those are our top 10 things to do before the summer ends and we hope these ideas help you enjoy the rest of the summer!

If you would like any information about Anacortes or any other questions, please contact us: (360) 899 – 5027 or jean@jeangroesbeck.com.

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Smart Home Ideas that Work

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How awesome would it be to be able to hold the majority of your home’s necessary functions in the palm of your hand? Would you like to be able to automate some of those tedious tasks that are part of your daily routine? With the progressive technology of today, the time for the Smart Home is now. We are talking about moving into the future with more control over your home than was possible only a few years ago.

You might wonder what a smart home looks like. A smart home is not all about crazy gadgets. It’s all about creating a single operating system that helps you control your home with ease and at your convenience. What is nice, is that you do not even need to be in the comfort of your home to stay in control. Using your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, you can actually take control on the go.

This includes the control of your home’s features in real time which saves you a whole lot of effort. From the devices, you can get access to information on security, visually see who is at your door, peek in on the kids, track the rate of energy consumption in your home and much more.

TOP 8 Smart Home Features:

The following are some of the smart devices to include in your home:

1. Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats help you to regulate the temperature at your home. The days of forgetting to turn off your heater or air conditioner are over. These thermostats detect your daily heating and cooling routines as well. You can even adjust the temperature to your rooms independently using voice commands.

2. Smart Home Security Cameras

This is one of our personal favorites. By using smart security cameras, you can monitor your home at all times from your cell phone or other devices. This means that besides being a great security feature, you can even peak in on the kids when you are not home. Not to mention, many of these cameras have 2-way communications with little to no delay time, so you can actually talk and listen to people while looking at them from a remote location. Smart cameras also have a “push” notification setting which will allow you to get instant notifications when any movement has been detected. You can also get access to video feeds from previous days store in the cloud for future use.

3. Smart Door Locks

Smart door locks are another security feature you do not want to go without. Bluetooth sensors make it possible for the door to unlock whenever a person with an authorized smartphone approaches the door. You will never have to fiddle with trying to get your keys out of your pocket to unlock the door with your hands full of groceries again. You can also control the doors at your home independently from anywhere you are. This feature is great when your kids forget their phone or keys on their way to school or when you have unexpected visitors that you want to let in.

4. Smart Doorbell

Let’s be honest, your phone is usually in your hand, pocket, or nearby. That is why the smart doorbell makes sense. This smart home option will help to save you from the pain of stopping what you are doing or getting out of bed to see who is knocking at the door. When someone stops by, you will get the feed through your phone via the connected doorbell. This will allow you to see and speak to the visitor using two-way audio.

Smart Home Devices to Automate Your Home

Here are the top smart home devices you can use to automate some of the items on your to-do list. They will conveniently make your busy life a bit less busy and they will definitely make some mundane household chores easier.

5. Smart Vacuum

The smart vacuum cleaner does its job very well. It automatically vacuums the floor when you activate it remotely. Again, you do not have to be home as it can be activated from anywhere you are. With a strong Wi-Fi connection, it can work in multiple rooms, but the best feature of all is that you can schedule it to run automatically. Set the schedule and let it get things cleaned up on its own. Once it’s done, it will even connect itself back onto its charging port to be ready to tackle its next clean up.

6. Smart Lawn Mower

Much like the smart vacuum, smart lawn mowers are automatic, and you can control them to from where you are. With the latest smart home technology set the schedule and let your lawn mower go to work for you. This smart device will get the job done and you won’t even have to break a sweat. Although, unfortunately, you will still have to lift a finger.

7. Smart Dishwasher

This smart home appliance has enhanced features such as Wi-Fi and voice controls which are enabled by controls from a smartphone or tablet. The smart dishwasher outweighs a standard dishwasher because the number one benefit is you can schedule run times. Just load in dirty dishes set it and forget it. This way you can have it run when you are not home to hear the sound of dishes washing. Plus, you can easily make sure that you are not running washes during your providers’ peak energy usage times. This will enable you to keep your monthly water and power bills lower.

8. Smart Washing Machine

You can operate a smart washing machine from anywhere at any time. Once you have the smart washing machine app on your smartphone. You can control it remotely, so many of the conveniences of the smart dishwasher will apply.

There are many other smart features you may want to add to your home when converting it to a smart home. Things like smart blinds, a smart TV, other entertainment features, and more – but with our top 8 smart home ideas that work, you will be taking a step into the future of full control and an easier life.

If you would like any information about Anacortes or any other questions, please contact us: (360) 899 – 5027 or jean@jeangroesbeck.com.

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2018 Skagit County Fair

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Don’t have any plans for the first week of August? If you’re in the Mount Vernon area on August 8th through August 11th, come by the 2018 Skagit County Fair from 10am to 10pm! There will be tons of entertainment, carnival rides, circus shows, pie eating contest and so much more! If you’re interested, tickets will be sold at the Sedro Woolley Chamber on July 9th through August 7th.

If you would like any more information about other local events in Anacortes or in the Skagit County area, please contact us: (360) 899 – 5027 or jean@jeangroesbeck.com.

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Anacortes Arts Festival 2018

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The 57th Annual Anacortes Arts Festival is one of the oldest and largest arts festivals in the Northwest. Filling the historic downtown Anacortes, it consists of ten blocks of booth artisans from around the country, three stages with live music, and a regional Fine Art Exhibition. There is also a Working Studios area including body painting, blacksmithing, live art demonstrations and more. Food trucks and vendors offer culinary treats including seafood, regional and ethnic dishes and goodies. There will be three beer gardens pouring microbrews, Northwest wine and cocktails. The festival activities also include an active Kids Area and Art Dash, certified in half marathon, 10k or 5k.

This is a FREE event recommended for the whole family with tons of activities!

When: August 3 – 5
Hours: Friday (10am-7pm), Saturday (10am-6pm), Sunday (10am-5pm)

If you have any more questions about the Anacortes Arts Festival, contact at (360) 293 – 6211 or events@anacortesartsfestival.com .

If you would like any more information about other local events in Anacortes, please contact us: (360) 899 – 5027 or jean@jeangroesbeck.com.

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2018 Tones for Crohn’s

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Join us in Anacortes for an annual benefit event, this summer, on Saturday, July 28th! All proceeds go to find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. There will be a 5k run, food, entertainment and family fun, so don’t miss out! Enjoy the festivities in addition to the 5K and support the more than 1.6 billion people who suffer daily with these diseases. Don’t forget to share this event, invite your friends and family while our goal is to raise $10,000 for this charity! Your registration fee goes directly towards this cause and fundraising goal. This event is just for fun, untimed and unchipped. Each participant will receive a medal and a goodie bag. Registration and check-in is from 1:30pm to 3pm. Please check-in and sign your waiver. Run starts at 3pm and music and festivities start at 4pm.

If you would like any more information about other local events in Anacortes, please contact us: (360) 899 – 5027 or jean@jeangroesbeck.com.

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Title Insurance

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What is Title Insurance?

The purchase of a home is often the single largest investment people will make in a lifetime: therefore, the importance of fully protecting such an investment cannot be overstressed. Title insurance is protection which assures that the rights and interest to the property are as expected, that the transfer of ownership is smoothly completed and that the new owner receives protection from future claims against the property. It is the most effective, most accepted and least experience way to protect property ownership rights.

Because land endures over generations, many people may develop rights and claims to a particular property. The current owner’s rights — which often involve family and heirs — may be obscure. There may be other parties (such as government agencies, public utilities, lenders or private contractors) who also have “rights” to the property. These interests limit the “title” of any buyer.

Why Do You Need a Title Insurance Policy?

If title insurance companies work to eliminate risks and prevent losses caused by defects in the title before the closing, why do you need a title insurance policy? The title of the property could be seriously threatened or lost completely by hazards which are considered hidden risks — “those matters, rights or claims that are not shown by the public records and, therefore, are not discoverable by a search and examination of those public records.” Matters such as forgery, incompetency or incapacity of the parties, fraudulent impersonation, and unknown errors in the records are examples of “hidden risks” which could provide a basis for a claim after the property has been purchased.

Title insurance isn’t just for a homeowner. Subdividers need it when planning a new tract of homes or a commercial strip center. Attorneys use it for clients who are investing in shopping centers hotels, office buildings, and countless other projects. Builders need it in order to obtain construction loans from their lender. Everyone wants to have peace of mind when investing their hard-earned money. The title insurance company will help protect these important investments, no matter how large or small, with its own reputation and financial strength.

Why Does the Lender Need a Policy on My Property?

For the lender, a title policy is a guarantee that it has a valid and enforceable lien (loan or deed of trust) secured by the property, that no one else other than those listed on the policy has a prior claim (or loan, etc.) and that the party to whom they are making the loan does own the property being used as security for the loan. This protection remains in effect as long as the loan remains unpaid.

The existence of a lender’s title policy encourages lenders such as banks, savings and loan associations, commercial banks, life insurance companies, etc., to loan money. Because they are lending other people’s money (savings or policy holder’s funds), they must be concerned with safety should the borrower not make their payments. The title company ensures that the title to the property is marketable in the event of foreclosure and the guarantee is backed by the integrity and solvency of the title company. Of course, this benefits everyone — from the single-family homeowner to the owner of a high-rise building.

If you would like any information about Anacortes or any other questions, please contact us: (360) 899 – 5027 or jean@jeangroesbeck.com.

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2018 Summer Outdoor Concert Series

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The 2018 FREE summer concert series takes place on Wednesday and Friday nights in July and Friday and Saturday nights in August from 6pm to 8pm at Seafarer’s Memorial Park and the corner of 4th and “0” Avenue. Sponsored by the Port of Anacortes and the Heart of Anacortes. Make sure to join in on the fun with different musical artists in Anacortes, Washington for the summer!

If you would like any more information about other local events in Anacortes, please contact us: (360) 899 – 5027 or jean@jeangroesbeck.com.

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Shipwreck Fest 2018

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Arrrggghhh Matey, are you ready for some family fun this summer? Head to Shipwreck Fest in Anacortes for a treasure hunt the whole crew will love. It is a massive community effort by the vendors, residents, businesses and the Fidalgo Island Rotary who makes this thing come true every year, which is a gigantic feat, considering the massive city blocks these antique show, craft fair, art fair and garage sales occupies.

Thirty-eight years ago, our commercial fisherman sold their used gear as yard art on Commercial Ave. “Shipwreck” has evolved into a massive community garage sale including a flea market and antique works. The event starts at 8am, but there are usually some businesses and booths that get started right at first light, just like the old-time fisherman used to. This event features over 400 vendors set up in booths along Commercial Ave while each booth brings something new and usually very eclectic and you are sure to find something that you can’t live without. There is also some food stand set up that serve a variety of different and delicious treats. This event is family-friendly and is organized by the Fidalgo Island Rotary Club.

Please come by early on Saturday, July 21st on Commercial Ave in Anacortes, Washington from 8am to 4pm and don’t miss out on this massive event!

If you would like any more information about other local events in Anacortes, please contact us: (360) 899 – 5027 or jean@jeangroesbeck.com.

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