TWO-MINUTE DRILL: Timely Tips For Short-Notice Home Showings | Wilmington NC real estate

 It’s a seller’s worst nightmare…the sink is full of dishes, the baby is crying — and an agent calls: “We’ll be there in two minutes. I have the perfect buyer for your house.” Before that overwhelming feeling of panic sets in, don’t despair! Here’s a quick roundup of easy pick-up tips to get your house in show-time shape in minutes.

Have A Game Plan

  • Assign responsibility for each room to a family member.
    When the “last-minute dash” starts, each person knows which room to straighten.
  • Plan your get-away.
    Know where you’ll go when you vacate the house for show time. Take the kids to the library, park, playground or to visit friends. Do your grocery shopping, pick up the dry cleaning or run other errands.

Whole-House Strategies

  • Perk up your carpets.
    Eliminate stray crumbs and dirt with a quick pick-up by a hand-held vacuum.
  • Turn on the lights.
    Light up dark corners and hallways. Even on sunny days, rooms show better when brightly lighted.
  • Open curtains and blinds.
    Let in as much natural light and good views as possible.

Kitchen Quickies

  • Use paper plates.
    A lot of people house hunt on their way home from work — at dinner time. Eat on, then toss, paper plates to avoid unsightly dirty dishes and speed clean-up time.
  • Put dinner in cold storage.
    If you’re caught with dinner on the table, shove the plates into the refrigerator. Re-heat in the microwave when prospects have gone.
  • Simmer some spices.
    Prepare a pot of cloves, cinnamon sticks and water. With only minutes to spare, bring your spices to a rapid boil, turn back immediately to simmer and your home will have a warm, inviting smell.
  • Try microwaving instead of baking.
    Keep your oven free of spatters by switching to microwave dinners.
  • Drain dishes in the dishwasher.
    Air-dry hand-washed dishes in the upper rack of the dishwasher to keep the sink and counter clutter-free.
  • Add sparkle and shine with spray cleaners.
    Wipe out cooking spills with a quick squirt of a grease-cutting spray cleaner and rub with a paper towel.

Laundry Disguises

  • Use the washer as a hideout.
    Put your dirty clothes in the washer until you have time to launder. Same goes for clean clothes that you don’t have time to fold — let them sit in the dryer instead of in a messy pile.
  • Try a laundry-basket disguise.
    If you have more laundry than you know what to do with, drop it in a basket, fold two large bath towels and place on top, and presto — laundry goes from messy to neat.

“Junk” Catchers?

  • Use under-bed storage boxes.
    For last-minute pick-ups, under-bed boxes are great catch-alls for toys, books, dirty socks, etc.
  • Have a bail-out box.
    Eliminate a frantic search for keys, wallet, dog’s leash and shoes when you are leaving to let the agent show the house. Keep a small box with pertinent items stashed in a handy place such as the coat-closet floor.

Make A Final Check?

Run through the home room by room, from top to bottom, to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.

These are just a few of the ways to make your home sparkle and shine in a matter of minutes. If you are considering selling and would like more ideas on how to make your home show in its best possible light, please give us a call! To search all Wilmington NC real estate, please visit

Soothing Medicine for your CONCIENCE | Volunteer Concience Fair 2012 | Wilmington NC real estate

StarnewsMedia is hosting the 2012 Concience Fair again this year at the Cape Fear Community College North Campus.  If you have not selected a New Years resolution, may you find one here at the fair.  Over 100 Non- Profits will be there with a whole list of needs.  A great time to scratch that “Volunteer” itch you have been having. 
Wilmington NC is an awesome city and it is mainly because of it’s great people and giving attitude.  Join in, you will not be sorry.The 2012 StarNews Media Conscience Fair is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the McKeithan Center at Cape Fear Community College’s North Campus, 4500 Blue Clay Road.

Nonprofit organizations present information about volunteer opportunities. To reserve a space – it’s free – visit fill out the signup form.

The following nonprofits have signed up as of 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20.ORGANIZATION NAME:   CONTACT PERSON   PHONE NUMBER   E-MAIL ADDRESS  
International Seamen’s Center Ron Casterline 910-681-1603

St. Mary Health Center Laura Vinson-Garvey (910) 279-0643

Armor of God Ministries Debi Tucker 910-259-5062

Love Is Bald Kelli N. Russell 910-264-6097

CUE Center for Missing Persons Melissa Neu 910.541.1626

Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc. JC Skane 910.399.7563

disAbility Resource Center Gloria Garton 910-815-6618

Moores Creek Conservation Alliance Nancy Keith 910-540-0179

Cameron Art Museum Bo Dean 910-599-3995 ext 1010

WHQR Public Radio Laura Hunsberger (910) 343-1640

Church World Service/ CROP Walk Janet Magelli 910-616-1342

Arts Council of Wilmington and N.H.Co. Owen Wexler 910.790.3989

Foreign Exchange Student Program -PAX /STEP Tracy Bickel 910-632-4293


Greater Porters Neck Area Foundation Yona Bar-Zeev 910n 686-5191
The Arc of NC-Benefit Bank/ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site Brian Moeller (9100 538-9421

The Full Belly Project Daniel Ling (910) 452-0975

WINGS MINISTRY Missy Settlemyre 910-512-7643

Religion News Wilmington Amanda Greene, local editor and community manager 910-471-9152 or 910-520-3958

Wilmington Health Access for Teens Emily Henley 910-202-4605

Lifeguide  ( We will be sharing a booth with Guardian ad LItem as in the past two years.) Denny Smith 793-3472

ACCESS of Wilmington Inc. Dan Johnson, Chair  AND/OR  David Morrison, Vice Chair 910-962-3659

League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear Carole Ellis 910-791-0922

OLD BRIDGE PRESERVATION SOCIETY Karen Dombrowski 910.579.9021

First Book – New Hanover Co. Carol Barre 910-200-1441

First Book New Hanover County John Osinski 910-962-4271

The Affordable Housing Coalition ofSoutheastern NC Toni Melvin Whitaker  Acting Executive Director (910) 599-0348

Buy Local ILM Gayle Tabor 910.471.7627

S.H.A.R.E. Briana Kelly 910-431-6418

Trinity Grove Ms. Noel Schuler 910-442-3016

MADGRL  Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Arlene Hubner 910-845-5143

The Warrior Ride Debra/Bob Racine 910-278-4612

Elderhaus PACE Amy Derck (910) 338-2757

KAIROS Prison Ministries Intl. Gordon Keifer 256-5781

Wilmington Prostate Cancer Support Group, Us TOO George Gardner 792-9953

Bellamy Mansion Museum Gareth Evans 910.251.3700

Oceana Zachary Keith 321-356-6603 

Junior Achievement of the Cape Fear Region Courtney Hickman 910-462-3690

Project Linus Sharon Black 910-681-0452

Guardian ad Litem Program of the 5th Judicial District Lynne Fender or Liz Kachris-Jones 910-616-8960 or 910-520-4035 or

Wilmington Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Support Group Burt Masters, Co-Leader, Wilmington MS Spt Gp (910) 383-1368

Interfaith Refugee Ministry Sarah Kingsley 910-538-0714

Carolina Vocal Arts Ensemble Beverly Cree 910.799.9977

Occupy Wilmington NC Roxanne Kirtright 910 380 1690

The Friends of the New Hanover County Public Library Ruth M. Brown 910-256-5482

Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug-Free Tomorrow Diane Edwards 962-7432

The Carousel Center Tira Hanrahan (910) 254 – 9898 ext. 218

Monty’s Home Barb Raab 910-259-7911

Cape Fear Clinic, Inc.  (Formerly Tileston Health Clinic) John Devaney, Executive Director 910-343-8736

American Red Cross- Cape Fear Chapter Wendy Flynn (910) 762-2683 ext 328

Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington Jeff Rose 910-251-1465 ext 2205

(WRAAP) Wilmington’s Residential Adolescent Achievement Place, Inc. Daryl Dockery 910.392.6007

Airlie Gardens Flo Berry 910-798-7566

NC Coastal Federation Ted Wilgis 910-509-2838

Phoenix Employment Ministry Don Skinner 910-343-8469

Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter Tracy Register / Jason Clamme 910-512-7559 or 910-796-7981 or

Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc. Andrea Stough 910-343-0703

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History Madeline Flagler 910-256-2569

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Melissa Clary 910-763-3114

Wilmington SCORE Sara Raleigh 910-409-9865

Coastal Horizons Center, Inc.  Crisis Intervention Services Julie Ozier, LCSW or   Celine Adair, LMFT (910) 392-6936

American Red Cross – Cape Fear Chapter Wendy Flynn 910-762-2683 ext.328

Brunswick County Volunteer Center Jayne W. Mathews 910-253-2574

YWCA Lower Cape Fear Katie Nelson 910-799-6820 ext 104

New Hanover High School Army JROTC LTC James M. Chaffins (910) 520 – 7244

Comfort Socks Theresa Tese 9102698577


SEACC (Southeastern Alliance for Community Change) Steve Lee 910-791-4877

Brunswick Christian Recovery Center Ouida Hewett 910-842-6017


Elderhaus Adult Day Care Trudy Tann (910)251-0660

Brunswick Family Assistance Agency Lora Moree 910-754-4777x 103

Amercan Radio Relay League Glenn Cox 910 431 3875

“Bread for Life….” Ministry Claudette Fiskin, MSW 910-343-5276

Cape Fear Literacy Council Rachel LaCoe 910-251-0911

Canines for Service (formerly Carolina Canines for Service) Laura Kranchalk 910-362-8181

Pretty In Pink Foundation Joy Wade 910-620-9871

Paws Place Inc.  3701 E. Boiling Spring Rd.  Winnabow, NC 28479 Peggy Durso 910-253-9258

New Hanover Regional Medical Center Eileen McConville 815.5317

A.R.R.L. The Amercican Radio Relay League Glenn Cox 910 431 3875

Cape Fear Volunteer Center Annie Anthony 910-392-8180

New Hanover County’s credit rating restored to Triple A Bond Rating | Wilmington NC real estate

New Hanover County’s credit rating restored to stable status | Cape Fear Watchdog$.

Awesome news about New Hanover County’s credit rating being restored to Triple A by Moody’s Investor Service.  Moody’s had downgraded the rating a couple of months ago.  Talks with New Hanover County and reassessing some information that Moody’s had gathered about the amount of Federal goverment help that the County needed turned the decision around.  To have a Triple a credit rating is the highest a County can have.  Only 5 Counties in North Carolina have attained this rating.  Back to business New Hanover… Fantastic.