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 www.cbbaker.com.

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Wilmington NC Weather service warns of freezing pipes | Look after your Wilmington NC real estate

Weather service warns of overnight chill, freezing pipes – Behind the Yellow Tape – Wilmington Star News – Wilmington, NC – Archive.

To all Wilmington NC real estate owners and renters, tempertures will be in the teens tonight, the weather service advises to make sure all pets and livestock are inside for the night, and to make sure that exposed pipes are insulated.  Let your faucets drip throughout the house, to help prevent damage. 

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Waterfront Wilmington NC Real Estate

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Waterfront Wilmington NC Real Estate.

 Now is an excellent time to buy Wilmington NC real estate waterfront.  The prices are unbelievable for waterfront ocean, ICWW, marsh, river and boatslips.  If you have ever thought about living on the water, now may be the time to make that dream come true.  The Cape Fear Region’s many miles of coastline, rivers and sounds offer a wide variety of fishing, watersports and boating activities. And, to maximize the regions waterfront enjoyment, there are many neighborhoods offering waterfront homes in Wilmington, NC with canals, boatslips, and or boatramps.  To search by waterfront just go to my website and put in the type of water you would like to live on in the advanced search area.  Read rest of story here.

Waterfront areas in Wilmington NC ensure that you have a pleasant view, whether you are out playing, or driving to work.  We call it home.

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What to do in Wrightsville Beach 2010| Wilmington NC Real Estate Guide

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Wrightsville Beach Guide

The Cape Fear coast is rich in history and our beaches are one of the most beautiful to be found, (biased opinion of  course).  We have historic downtown Wilmington NC along the Cape Fear River to entice you have a day a the beach.  Please visit www.cbbaker.com for more information about Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington NC real estate.  Enjoy and have fun.

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Now is the perfect time to search for Wilmington NC real estate and waterfront estates.  North Carolina’s finest properties can be found on www.wilmingtonncrealestate.biz. Please take time to look at virtual tours and photos.  Google Maps on each listing.  Need more help. Let us know.  www.kaybakerwilmington.com

Figure Eight Island | Wilmington NC real estate and homes for sale

Figure Eight Island – Hidden Treasure in Wilmington NC

Figure Eight NC Real Estate Listings

Figure Eight Island NC real estate comprises a beautiful coastal community offering the ultimate in privacy and security located just minutes from the conveniences of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. Whether you’re looking for waterfront/oceanfront real estate on Figure 8 Island, for your dream home or second home for a beach vacation of a lifetime, Kay Baker & Associates of Sea Coast Realty can help you find premier Figure Eight Island, North Carolina, real estate! Come and experience the beauty, serenity and casual atmosphere of Figure Eight Island for yourself.

Yacht Club, Pool, Tennis , Ocean, Waterway….. everything you need