Home Safety for Baby Boomers


Have you stopped running up and down the stairs, or now want brighter light bulbs?  We aren’t getting any younger!

Most Baby Boomers prefer to age in place – if you or your parents are Baby Boomers, here are some safety tips to consider for your home:

  • Add handrails on both sides of stairs.
  • Add handrails next to the toilet and in the shower.
  • Remove clutter and open the floor space. Small objects like magazine racks can be a tripping hazard.
  • Do you have a fire extinguisher?  Have you checked it lately?  They should be checked annually.  Keep one under the kitchen sink, in the garage, and in the utility room.
  • Install pullouts for cabinets, especially lower ones.
  • Don’t climb on the ladder!  Hire someone to do it or ask a family member.
  • Install additional lighting or lamps.
  • Make sure your house number is very visible from the street.  You want medical personnel to quickly find you in case you need to call for help.
  • Take a CPR class.  Even if you know CPR take a class again, as they have changed the suggested procedures.

Are you wondering what your home is currently worth? Located in Anacortes, Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC proudly serves Anacortes, Skagit County, the San Juan Islands and beyond.  Contact us today at Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com for a complimentary, no obligation market analysis.

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!




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.

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809 7th St. Anacortes, WA 98221

809 7th St.
Anacortes, WA 98221