The Benefits of Staging a Home For Sale

As real estate brokers with home staging certifications, we see firsthand the effect a well-staged home can have on the mind of a home buyer. If you are thinking about selling your home, we offer complimentary home staging services that might just make you fall in love with your home all over again!

Home Sellers Are Biased
• Staging one’s own home is like asking them to be objective about their children. Unless you have truly hated your home since you bought it, it will be difficult for you to let go of your own decorating style and the emotions that have been cultivated since living there.

You Will Learn!
• Have you ever looked at a home magazine or watched the DIY Network only to fantasize about being able to decorate the way they do? Now you can learn! Stagers work with you to properly display items in your home to bring out the best features possible. It might give you the chance to learn how you want to decorate your next space!

First Impressions Must Be the Best
• Buyers will only get one first impression of your home- make it the best! You get a good feeling when you walk into a home that has been properly staged. It isn’t fake, it isn’t dirty, and it allows potential buyers to develop their own sense of comfort and connection to the home.

Look Better than Other Homes
• When a home isn’t properly staged, buyers are only driven further from your listing and closer to your competition. Keep your buyers connected with your property!

Appears Move-In Ready
• Proper, neutral home décor allows buyers to visualize living there. They will imagine their own possessions in each room, and how their family will fit into the space. It will also lessen the impact of any maintenance issues that may arise during inspection, as they are already pleased with the home’s overall aesthetics.

Looks Well-Maintained
• Again, issues have the potential to arise in almost any inspection, and a home that appears to be well-maintained from the outside will help the buyer feel more comfortable with any “internal” work that may need to be done, rather than focusing on changing things like countertops or radical paint jobs.

Looks Better in Photos
• These days, homes are typically first viewed on the internet. Well-done staging allows for better quality photos and allows a potential buyer to fall in love with the home before viewing it in person.

It’s Free!
• We offer free staging services from a certified professional to all who sign with us. Our staging professional is experienced in making a home comfortable for anyone who views it.

For more helpful staging tips or information on selling your home, reach out to us today and be sure to check out our page that explains the staging process.

What is Halloween Without a Pumpkin?

Paulina is having a great time choosing the perfect pumpkin!!!

Halloween is just around the corner and there are still a lot of pumpkins in Anacortes and surrounding areas waiting to be transformed into art! Here are some tips on how to carve the perfect pumpkin:

  • First and foremost…Please avoid accidents when working with children; you can never be too careful! They should be supervised at all times and more so when handling sharp objects.
  • Choose a big pumpkin! The bigger the pumpkin, the easier it is to carve, especially when carving with little ones.  Stay away from pumpkins with bruises or mold as they will spoil quickly. Bonus Tip: Lighter colored pumpkins tend to be easier to carve.
  • Draw or print the pattern of choice on a piece of paper. This will help you visualize the final product and make changes before its too late. Use small scissors or a razor knife to cut out the areas you will be carving. This site has great templates! Click here
  • Start carving! A serrated knife works best for carving pumpkins. Store bought pumpkin carving knifes are the best, but any serrated knife will work. It’s easier to carve the hole at the bottom of the pumpkin rather than the top, plus it’s safer to place the pumpkin over a light source rather than lowering the light (like a candle) into the pumpkin. Cut off any bumps so the pumpkin will sit evenly.
  • Remove the seeds. An ice cream scoop is great for removing the pumpkin seeds. Don’t throw them away! Toss the seeds in a bowl with melted butter and salt. Spread them on a baking sheet and bake for 45 min at 300 degrees. VoilĂ ! Roasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Prevent mold and dehydration. Cover the carved areas and interior of pumpkin with petroleum jelly. Another thing you can do is add a table spoon of bleach to a regular size (24oz-32oz) spray bottle filled with water. Spray the pumpkin daily with the bleach mixture.

A carved pumpkin will only last for a week at the most, so it’s best to cut your pumpkin a few days before Halloween. Have fun decorating your home and have a safe and happy Halloween!

Brightening Up Your Anacortes Home

How to Brighten up Your Home!

Living in a Pacific Northwest city like Anacortes is truly amazing!  We have some of the most breathing taking scenery with the ocean and the mountains.  But on days like today, it has its downsides. March overcast skies can cause midday to feel dark and drab!  Here are a  few tips to help homeowners brighten up their living spaces:

One thing that Anacortes homeowners can easily do is switch to clear light bulbs; they provide a sharper light then that of an opaque bulb. If you are going to make the switch from opaque to clear, make sure you replace all your bulbs. If you leave a myriad of bulbs all over your house, you run the risk of your room looking hectic! Of course if you opt to use energy efficient bulbs, go with soft white, it is much more natural and calming then the plain old white.

The next item on your list to a brighter home is simply cleaning up a bit! After a good dusting and scrubbing, everything looks better.  Do not forget your exterior windows!  Also since it is still only March in Anacortes, you could also leave off the window screens and draperies when you are washing them.  It really helps let sunlight that filters through the clouds into your house, just don’t forget to put them back up come summertime!

Finally, a bit of redecorating along with their brightening up can always help! Try replacing old and out-dated light fixtures for some sparkling new ones.  While you are shopping for new fixtures you could always pick up a table lamp to match. A cute new lamp looks good in any room! Also, a new brilliant mirror is a great option too.  If you place a mirror near a light source, it will reflect back and instantly brighten your room.

These few suggestions are easy and inexpensive, and the best part is you do not have to do all of them and your home will look incredible!

If you are thinking of selling your Anacortes home, contact Jean Groesbeck at or (360) 941-3734.

Winter Holiday Safety Tips for Anacortes Homeowners

Guest Blogger, Tim Hance from All Island Home Inspections, gives Anacortes homeowners some great home maintenance tips for the holiday season!

Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together!

That also means a greater risk for fires. Holiday decoration fires are most likely to happen in the living room, family room or den. Almost half of all home decoration fires are started by candles. Half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source. Make sure to blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season:

Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.

Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.

Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s
instructions for number of LED strands to connect.

Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

For more information on how to keep your Anacortes home safe this holiday season, click here.

New Home Decor Store in Anacortes!

If you love shabby chic decor, Sassy Frass Company is the place for you!

Now open, Sassy Frass Company is located at 1717 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes.  Sassy Frass Company carries home decor, furniture, collectibles, antiques, and a great assortment of vintage items.  


The greatest feature of this new store is the fact that most of their goods are upcycled.   Many of the items they have for sale have been  repurposed or recycled into something new and even more amazing!   There inventory is ever changing so make sure to stop on by to see what great finds they have for your home!

Sassy Frass Company buys items too!  If you have some great home decor treausures to sell, contact

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Free retrofit kits for window covers available to provide child safety

When you purchase a preowned home, you may also be purchasing pre-owned window treatments that do not meet today’s safety standards.  The Window Covering Safety Council has announced that consumers can order a free retro fit kits.  Here is the announcement from their website:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) are announcing an industry-wide voluntary corrective action plan covering roman-style shades and roll-up blinds to prevent the potential hazard of strangulation to young children. The recall involves window coverings that can form a loop and cause strangulation. According to information provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords.

Consumers can obtain free retrofit kits for roman style fabric looped and flat panel shades and roll up blinds online at by calling WCSC’s toll-free phone line at 1-800-506-4636.

Parents and caregivers are being reminded of potential window-cord dangers and are urged to make the right choice and only use cordless window products in homes with young children. Owners and renters should replace all window coverings in the home made before 2001 with today’s safer products.

To maximize window-cord safety when young children are present, consumers are urged to follow these safety guidelines:

  • Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children. Replace window blinds, corded shades and draperies manufactured before 2001 with today’s safer products.
  • Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
  • Keep all window pull cords and inner lift cords out of the reach of children.  Make sure that tasseled pull cords are short and continuous-loop cords are permanently anchored to the floor or wall.  Make sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit movement of inner lift cords.
  • Lock cords into position whenever horizontal blinds or shades are lowered, including when they come to rest on a windowsill. 

To order free retrofit kits to make your home blinds and windowcoverings or for more information call 1-800-506-4636 or visit

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