Fixtures Can Add Beauty, Value And Convenience To Your Home

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Little things do count — sometimes a lot! Adding or replacing some of your home’s fixtures — which will stay with it when you eventually sell — can give your home an attractive up-to-date look, more functionality and a higher market value. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Distinctive exterior light fixtures, perhaps with motion sensors or timers. Think about floodlights and path lights, too!
  • A new mailbox and address plate.
  • A new water hose holder or winder.
  • A beautiful sounding doorbell.
  • A polished brass door plate, door knocker or handle-and-lock set for your front door.
  • New knobs or levered handles for interior doors.
  • Up-to-date interior light fixtures — chandeliers, sconces, ceiling globes, under-cabinet lights in the kitchen, etc.
  • Fresh faceplates for wall outlets and light switches (especially replacing the painted-over ones!)
  • Decorative curtain and drapery fixtures and rods.
  • Attractive kitchen and bathroom drawer pulls and cupboard handles.
  • Shiny new water taps and faucets for sinks, tubs and showers.
  • New towel racks (why not towels too?).
  • Quieter bathroom exhaust fans.
  • A sturdy, unstained laundry tub.
  • A pegboard and clips for hanging tools in the garage or work room.

PETS TO GO: Plan a Safe, Comfortable Move For Your Pets | Wilmington NC real estate

When you’re making your list of things to do before, during and after your move, don’t forget to include your pets. Moving can be stressful, even dangerous, for pets if their interests are not taken into consideration.

Here are some things to consider.

Planning

If yours is a company-sponsored move, find out what pet-moving costs the company is willing to cover.

Check vaccination records to ensure your pet’s immunizations are up-to-date. If they’re almost due for vaccinations, get them done before you leave, and have any needed prescriptions refilled, so you won’t have to worry about it upon arrival at your new home.

Obtain veterinary records early and keep them with you on moving day. Find out whether the state or country you are moving to requires additional paperwork, such as a health certificate.

If shipping pets by air, it’s best to book the pet on a direct flight. Find out about airline requirements and restrictions. Make reservations at least two weeks ahead for domestic travel and four weeks ahead for international flights.

Note that during peak travel times, scheduled airlines with a full passenger load will restrict acceptance of pets. In addition, airlines may not accept pets for transportation in the cargo hold when ground temperatures are above 85°F or below 45°F. Make sure you have a back-up plan in case your pet is refused boarding at the last minute.

If you’ll be transporting them by car, and your dog or cat isn’t used to traveling that way, acclimate them ahead of time with frequent and progressively longer jaunts to the store, gas station or other destination.
Caution! Pets should never be left in a car alone, whether on a short trip or a long one. Sun pouring in through windshields can quickly spike a car’s temperature to well above 100°F even in cool months and when windows are cracked open. Your pets can suffer irreversible injury or death within a matter of minutes.

Also if you’ll be driving, find out which hotels along the way accept pets and be sure to make reservations. If you’ll be stopping to sight-see along the way, make plans for lodging your animals at a local kennel or animal hospital.

Order ID tagswith your new address on them.

Moving Day

Find a familiar, quiet place for the pet to wait as you prepare to leave.

Ship pets in a roomy carrier, at least large enough so the animal can stand and turn around.

Make sure your pets will have water available, and food too if the trip is likely to last more than eight hours. It’s best, however, if the amount of food is cut back several hours before the trip begins.

Traveling by car,be sure to keep animals in their travel cages or on leashes at all times. Dogs and cats should be allowed regular comfort and exercise stops along the way. Bring a few toys along to keep them occupied.

Upon Arrival

Help pets quickly adjust to the new home by giving them their old toys, beds and bowls as soon as possible. For dogs (and some cats) an early walk in the new neighborhood will help them get oriented.

Ask neighbors or co-workers to recommend a nearby veterinarian.

Note that if your move is for the purpose of a change of employment, your pet-moving expenses may be tax deductible. Consult IRS Publication 521, “Moving Expenses,” for further information.  Search all Wilmington NC real estate on http://www.cbbaker.com

Off We Grow! | Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage in Top 500 Largest Brokers in The USA

2012 REAL Trends magazine recently released their 500 report and Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage made it on the list as one of the top 500 largest Brokers in the USA.  The report ranks the country’s top residential real estate companies by closed transactions and by sales volume.  The merger this year of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast (Wilmington) and Coldwell Banker Advantage (Raleigh) proved to be a smart move.  Two families working together as one.  Great synergy and personalities make the merger work.  We were #55 by transaction sides, #83 in volume.  Strong numbers for a strong company.  Baker, Wayne and Associates is proud to be affiliated with CBSCA. Read rest of press release here…

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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.

Plantation Pointe Belvedere Plantation Country Club

Plantation Pointe Belvedere Plantation Country Club.

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Plantation Pointe Villa in Belvedere Golf Community

 

  • Huge Volume Ceilings
  • Great Views of Golf Course
  • Optional Golf Membership
  • Open and Architecturally Pleasing
  • Near Area Beaches
  • Screened Porch

Property Description

Plantation Pointe Villa in Belvedere Golf Community. Great Second Floor condo with new wood laminate floors, a screened porch and great views of the golf course. Excellent for a permanent residence, vacation home or rental. Optional golf membership. Award winning schools, close to several area golf courses, Topsail Beach and Surf City. Best value in the neighborhood. Short Sale.

Call Robin Jones| Kay Baker & Associates for more information 910-619-0491 or robinjones@ec.rr.com

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So you think you want to sell your home | Be prepared | Wilmington NC real estate

If you are thinking about selling your home, make sure you do your homework first.  There are things that you can do months before hand that will make the home selling process smoother.

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Be Prepared When Selling Your Home

Thinking about selling? In that time period leading up to actually putting your home on the market, you can do a number of things to get your home in shape so buyers will love what they see and want to move in fast! Prioritizing what needs to get done first can be overwhelming.
Here’s a guide to help you get your home ready to sell any time of the year.

 

Three to six months from listing:

  • Get a home inspection from a licensed home inspector. (Call us for recommended local inspectors.)
  • Use the checklist from the inspection as your to-do list and fix all problems.
  • Arrange for estimates or plan to do the work yourself to paint rooms with neutral colors.
  • If you’re considering bathroom or kitchen remodeling of any size, now is the time to undertake it, but beware of over-improving or updating with polarizing styles.

 

 

One to three months from listing:

  • Clear out closets, cabinets and drawers and be ruthless in your quest to de-clutter.
  • Remove from display all personal items such as photographs, certificates, trophies, diplomas, etc.
  • If necessary, rent a storage unit to store excess furniture and belongings that clutter your home.
  • Clear out the basement, garage, shed and attic — spaces that are often forgotten but full of stuff.
  • Power wash the outside of your home (siding, patios, driveways, etc.) or hire a service to do the work for you.
  • Take a tour of local homes that are currently for sale to see how they compare with your home.
  • Concentrate on curb-appeal landscaping from tree/bush trimming to greening the landscape to sprucing up the entrance.

 

One month or less from listing:

  • Revisit your entire home with a buyer’s eye in mind and touch up any small fix-ups and upgrades.
  • After your complete de-cluttering, contact a professional home stager to make each room in your home inviting to buyers.
  • Get carpets professionally cleaned.
  • Wash windows — inside and out — or hire it out.
  • Secure a safe location for pet(s) to be left during showings or find a friend who will take your pet(s) while your home is on the market.
  • Adhere to a regular cleaning schedule, or hire a service to do basic cleaning.

 

First day on the market, broker open house and open houses:

  • Put out a bowl of fruit, fresh flowers and/or bake cookies that day to give your home a homey feel.
  • Open all shades and curtains and turn on lights in every room to ensure your home is bright.
  • Make sure you and your family leave the home for all showings, so plan some outings, visits or errands when needed.

For more selling advice, please visist www.cbbaker.com . Questions? Give us a call 910-202-3607 or kaybaker@ec.rr.com

 

 

America’s Top States for Business 2011 – NC #3 | Wilmington NC real estate

America’s Top States for Business 2011 – Overall Rankings – CNBC.

North Carolina is in the ranks again!  CNBC just released their 2011 report for Americas Top States for Buisness.  North Carolina ranked #3.  That is good news for the state for which we live and work in.  There were 10 criteria on which their study was based on.

      – Cost of Doing Business                    
     – Workforce
     – Quality of Life
     – Economy
     – Transportation & Infrastructure
     – Technology & Innovation                
     – Education
     – Business Friendliness
     – Access to Capital
     – Cost of Living

According to CNBC – “We scored all 50 states on 43 measures of competitiveness developed with input from business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the Council on Competitiveness. States received points based on their rankings in each metric. Then, we separated those metrics into ten broad categories, weighting the categories based on how frequently they are cited in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves ”

The quality of life is great here in our corner of North Carolina, Wilmington.  The people are even better.  The real estate prices are realistic and the rates are low.  If you would like to search Wilmington NC real estate please visit www.cbbaker.com and let us know how we can help you.