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If you're struggling to put together stylish, inviting home decor that showcases your personality and suits your family's needs, our real estate agents know that an interior designer can help. Interior designers work to create functional, aesthetically-pleasing spaces that fit your budget. Here's what you should know about utilizing an interior designer.
The kitchen has often been called the most important room in the home, and that statement holds true when it comes time to put your home up for sale. Our real estate agents have learned that one of the first things prospective buyers look at is the kitchen.
That's why we always recommend that homeowners make sure their kitchens are up to par before listing their Southport homes for sale. If you're planning on selling your home, consider these affordable kitchen upgrades before you do so.
There's a unique form of satisfaction that comes with owning and maintaining your own home. But as you're preparing to become a homeowner for the first time, all that maintenance can feel more intimidating than inspiring.
Our real estate agents are here to help with that. Read on to learn about the most important maintenance tasks that all first-time homeowners should take on as they're moving into their new residences.
For every homeowner, the living room is an important space. It serves as the first impression of your home and a gathering place for entertaining family and friends. Our real estate agents think your living room is one of your home's most important spaces that can make or break a real estate deal.
Living room spaces come in all shapes and sizes with different ceiling heights, materials, and special features. Whatever the size and style, you can create space and ambiance just by changing up your room layout. Take a look at some layout ideas that can shake up your living room's design appeal.
Home improvements are a great way to make repairs and upgrades that create a more comfortable home; however, the costs to make them can be significant. Before you start renovations, our real estate agents suggest that you take a close look at your ROI — your return on investment.
A return on investment is calculated by dividing your gain by the costs of your investment. ROI is the profit you recoup from a repair, upgrade, or renovation when you sell your home. In Southport homes for sale, ROI can vary significantly depending on the type of renovations you do.
Having a lawn with the space to entertain or for the kids to play is one of the many advantages of being a homeowner. Traditionally, maintaining an attractive lawn has meant using chemical-laden fertilizers, weed killers, and other products, but more homeowners are recognizing the benefits of having an organic lawn. In addition to being better for the environment, organic lawns are healthier and reduce your family's exposure to toxic chemicals. Although you'll need to take some time and effort in the beginning to help transition your lawn to organic, you'll be rewarded with a healthier place for your family to relax and play.
Our real estate agents suggest the following steps to make the move to an organic lawn:
Summer is here, and with it comes a chance to save some serious money through preventative home maintenance. Our real estate agents are here to show you how!
Every season brings opportunities to improve the quality of your home and hopefully save some money in the process. Summer is no exception. Some of these summer maintenance tips will start saving you some cash right away, while others are more like long-term investments.
When you arrive at a home, one of the first details you notice is the landscaping. Understandably, most homeowners spend a lot of time and money improving their home's landscaping.
Unfortunately, a couple of small mistakes can quickly derail your landscaping plans. Our real estate agents suggest avoiding these common landscaping mistakes to keep your home's exterior looking its best.
A home improvement project doesn't need to be expensive or time-consuming to make an impact on the look and feel of your home.
Our real estate agents know that small, easy projects can have a significant effect on the atmosphere and appearance of your home's indoor and outdoor spaces. Here are a few easy home improvement projects to complete this May.
Oftentimes, home renovation projects start out fun and then quickly become overwhelming. Managing a DIY home renovation yourself is a great way to save money and become more invested in your home... but it's a lot of work!
Our real estate agents are here to help. We've had a lot of experience when it comes to keeping renovations on track, and we've learned that, with the right tips, managing your home renovation project can be a lot easier than you might think.
Want to reduce your home's utility expenses, but feel like you don't have the time or energy to make your goal a success? Invest in smart home technology that helps you save money and monitor your home expenditures!
Our real estate agents know that adding a few pieces of technology can make a significant difference in your ongoing utility expenses. Here are a few tech additions that will help you save money and reduce your home's energy and water consumption.
New Year's resolutions can be challenging to keep, especially when we seem to be busier than ever. We get that, particularly if it involves going on a diet or hitting the gym more frequently. But resolutions don't have to be strictly personal — they can involve your home too! It's even possible to improve something that would boost the value of your home among Southport homes for sale.
One of the favorite things our real estate agents look forward to at the end of the year is when the colors of the year get announced. Each year, the top paint companies task their interior design experts with predicting what colors will be trendy in the new year. They don't just pick colors at random either — they look at everything from past trends to current events to decide colors that not only look good but colors that you'll be happy with. Here's what they chose:
The holiday season is fast approaching, and now is the perfect time to get your home in shape before your guests arrive. Taking the time to tackle a few home improvement projects will help you make the most of the season and give you the peace of mind that your home is ready for the winter months. Our real estate agents have 5 home improvement projects that you'll be happy you took care of before Thanksgiving this year.
Your living room is one of the focal points of your home, and probably one of the most lived-in rooms, after the kitchen. This makes it important to decorate in ways that are both functional and attractive, yet our real estate agents see a lot of homes that fail at achieving either one. As you're decorating your home or staging it to sell, make sure you don't make these common decorating mistakes.
Our real estate agents have seen it all when it comes to home remodels. We've seen run-down houses transformed into palaces, and we've seen homeowners get lost in the weeds and wind up totally in over their heads.
That's why we're always eager to offer our assistance and advice when it comes to renovation. Whether you're fixing up a house you just bought or are getting ready to list your Southport home for sale, these are the biggest DIY home improvement mistakes to avoid.
It's hard to explain why the appearance of a hummingbird in our gardens always makes us so happy, but there's no denying that it does. At least 9 species of hummingbirds have been spotted in North Carolina, and while most are rare, ruby-throated hummingbirds are a common sight here in summer and fall.
If you've been busy exploring Southport homes for sale or you've finally found your dream home, you'll be looking forward to moving in and getting settled. As you start setting up your electronics and appliances, you might wonder whether you should be taking steps to protect them. After all, the Southport area experiences many thunderstorms, and it only takes one lighting strike to damage your devices.
Other things, like a downed power line or even your appliances turning on and off, can cause power surges. The good news is, you can protect your home by using a three-phase protection plan. This includes a whole-house surge protector, an external surge protector, and strip surge protectors. Here's a closer look at each one.
We spend a lot of time in our kitchens. Whether it be for cooking, socializing, or unwinding after work, the kitchen is often the heart of the home. That's why the design and decor in your kitchen are so important. You won't want to spend time in a room you think looks cluttered or bland, and you won't get the most enjoyment out of it if you don't like how it looks. One easy way to change up your kitchen is by decorating your breakfast bar. Our real estate agents love when Southport homes for sale have breakfast bars, especially when they're decorated. Here are ideas you can use to decorate your breakfast bar.
If you have deep window sills, you have the perfect spot to increase your home's functionality and extend your decor. Although often overlooked, window sills are a great place to explore design ideas.
If you're interested in buying or selling a home, contact us about available properties. We have a variety of properties that are sure to be the perfect fit for your lifestyle.
It's not easy to pull off a minimalist decor style, but when it works, it can completely transform your space. Unfortunately, when it's not done right, it can leave your space feeling cold, empty, and unlived-in.
Luckily, our real estate agents have a lot of experience with minimalist decor styles, and we've learned how to do it in a way that highlights the simple, uncluttered beauty of your space. It all starts with these simple minimalist style tips:
1. De-Clutter Your Space
Before you start thinking about bringing in any new decor, look at what you have and decide what can be removed. Old magazines, coffee table books, unnecessary decor items and knickknacks can go. Even some furniture might be eliminated. Does anyone ever really sit in that chair? When was the last time you used turned on that lamp? You may not need them at all.
If our real estate agents have learned anything over our many years in the business, it's that first impressions are everything. That means your foyer has a big job to do.
Foyers tend to have a lot of room for furniture and decor, which means you have an abundance of possibilities — but also some hard choices to make. Whether you're getting ready to list your Southport home for sale or just want to wow your guests, these tips will turn your foyer into a showstopper.
Our real estate agents are always talking to clients about the importance of curb appeal. As the weather starts to warm up, now is a great time to start thinking about sprucing up your outdoor space. Whether you're getting ready to sell your home or you just could use a bit of a refresh, these simple outdoor projects are a great place to start.
Now that you're settling into the special home you chose from Southport homes for sale, you're probably thinking about how to make your home stand out.
There are so many ways you can make your property a show stopper: tree and shrub removal or cutting back; building up raised beds; restoring sidewalks; repairing or installing an irrigation system; or rebuilding hardscapes such as garden walls, garden bed paver edges, or a pond. You may have to hire a crew to take care of these major jobs, but in the meantime, you can make the rounds at local garden stores and find inspiration for your overall garden scheme.
Here are some hot trends for 2021.
Spring is in the air in the Southport area, and you know what that means! It's time to shake off the dust and doldrums of winter, and get into some serious spring cleaning. Our real estate agents look forward to this all year!
We understand not everybody gets as excited about spring cleaning as we do, which is why our team is happy to share their expertise. Check out these tips and tricks to make your home spotless this spring!
One Room at a Time
Trying to clean your entire home can feel overwhelming, so it's important to start out in the right mindset to make it more manageable. First and foremost, break it down and tackle one room at a time. Second, you don't have to do it all in a day. If you want, you can spend the next several weekends cleaning a single room each day until the whole house sparkles.
Clear the Clutter
March is National Craft Month, and with spring in the air, there's no better time to tackle some fun DIY projects around the house. If you're looking for some quick, crafty, and budget-friendly DIY home improvement projects this season, our real estate agents have some great ideas to share!
It can often be difficult to find new storage solutions in your home, especially if the places you normally use for storage are full. One often overlooked storage area is the attic, for a number of reasons. Some may be hesitant to put their cherished belongings up in the attic because of the potential dust and unchecked climate. But this seldom-used space can aid in your storage efforts if used properly. Our real estate agents recommend that you try the following things to optimize your attic for storage.
Budgeting for home improvements has always been a challenge. It's impossible to know exactly your expenses because new issues can arise and call for additional purchases. Unexpected challenges such as previously unknown plumbing issues are common, so it's important to have plans in place to keep costs under control.
Our real estate agents suggest budgeting for home improvement projects using the following tips:
With the arrival of a new year comes an opportunity for a fresh start. And not just for you, but for your home too. After a year like 2020, it's safe to agree that we can all use a new beginning.
If you're anything like our real estate agents, you've probably spent a lot more time at home over the last year, possibly even working from home. You might be ready to stop staring at the same old walls and furnishings every day, in which case, redoing your home in one of these unique design styles might be just the pick-me-up your home needs for the new year!
While your energy bill isn't your biggest bill each month, it's one you have some control over. Cutting your energy costs can help you save money, even during the worst winter cold and the most miserable summer heat. Here are five tips our real estate agents recommend for cutting back on your energy usage in the new year, saving some money, and doing your part to help the planet.
Having a pet in your family makes your house feel even more like home. Unfortunately, not all buyers are thrilled about having a four-legged friend as a prior resident — especially if they have pets themselves. Our real estate agents understand that you have a lot on your plate as you sell your home. We want to take a moment to remind you that there are a few additional tasks to add to your to-do list if you're selling a home that housed a pet. Pet owners should complete these duties before a showing.
Even in large modern homes, the pantry is usually a pale shadow of what it was in historic times. Generally, there were two -- one for dry goods and one for food preparation. These days, you're lucky indeed if you have a walk-in pantry where you can organize cans, containers, jars, and whatnot for easy access. But even in a smaller space, you can employ some organizational tips that will help you make the most of what you have.
Have you fallen in love with autumn? Our real estate agents love this time of the year, particularly because so many homeowners embrace the season by decorating their porches. If you're looking for a way to celebrate the season with festive décor, consider these five decorating tips for your front porch.
As interest rates hit record lows in recent months, would-be homeowners have been inspired to seek more spacious dwellings, with rooms where parents and kids can have a comfortable space to work or attend class remotely. If you're a first-time homebuyer looking for more space for your family, you may find your dream home among Southport homes for sale. But have you taken the right steps to ensure you're ready to make the deal? Make sure to do these five things before starting your house hunt.
Wall art can make your home look more pleasing and personalized. But many homeowners are apprehensive about putting holes in their walls and worry about exactly where to hang their art.
Fortunately, this type of decorating isn't as difficult as you may think. And if you change your mind, you can also select different artwork or hang it somewhere else. Our real estate agents suggest the following tips to help make hanging wall art in your home easier:
Clutter has a way of catching you off guard. Even if you're a naturally tidy person, it can seem like as soon as you turn your back, clutter sneaks up and becomes a problem overnight.
Lately, we've all been spending a lot more time at home than we're used to, which is why our REALTORS® are particularly eager to share some de-cluttering tricks. Here's how you can enjoy a cleaner, less cluttered home this summer.
Benefits of Decluttering
Not only is the kitchen the heart of the home, but it's also often the room that adds the most value when it comes to selling a house. If you're planning to put your home on the market, remember that a simple kitchen upgrade can not only help your home to sell faster, it can generate a significant return on investment.
Most of us are sitting at home these days, and it can be challenging to find projects to keep busy. One relatively easy goal could be sprucing up your home with simple, inexpensive touches that will enhance its elegance and won't break the bank.
Our real estate agents have you covered with these tips to make your home look more elegant, without breaking your budget! Plus, these simple changes can help your home stand out among the Southport homes for sale.
Anyone with a green thumb has a lot to look forward to in the Southport area this spring. Our REALTORS® are always excited to see young plants popping up all over town, and now is a great time to revamp your lawn and garden.
If you're looking for some new additions to your garden this spring, be sure to check out these great local greenhouses in and around Southport, NC.
When you spend more time at home, it's natural for small home annoyances to turn into big home problems. That dripping tap becomes torture when you're listening to it all day long. Lots of homeowners turn time at home into home improvement time, and it's a great time for small DIY projects. But there are a few projects that should wait for licensed professionals. Our real estate agents want your home improvement projects to be safe and successful, so we suggest you save the following for the pros.
Spending time at home is great for assessing your home's strengths and weaknesses. You'll have time to figure out just what would make your home one of the finest Southport homes for sale. And knowing what projects should be best left to professionals will save you time, money, and keep your family safe. Renovations done by licensed professionals look better to potential home buyers and show the pride you have in your home. If you're interested in learning about what repairs and renovations can do for your home's prospects on the market, contact us today.
Stainless steel appliances have grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to their unique look and sleek, shiny finish. If you own a stainless steel appliance, then you know that the one key challenge is keeping that finish looking sleek and shiny. Through normal use, stainless steel appliances often attract smudges, fingerprints, and streaks, which aren't always easy to remove. Not easy, but certainly possible. If you're planning on doing some spring cleaning, like our REALTORS®, then you'll want to take a look at our tips for how to clean stainless steel.
What Not to Do When Cleaning Stainless Steel
Whether you're polishing up your kitchen to help your home compete with other Southport homes for sale or making your space look its best for your use, there are some things you don't want to do when cleaning stainless steel. The key is to avoid using any type of harsh cleaning products, including bleach, oven cleaners, ammonia, abrasive cleaners, and steel wool. Some manufacturers recommend against using certain other cleaning products as well, so it's always a good idea to read the instructions that came with your appliance for a full list.
Don't Expect the Same Methods to Work on Every Appliance
While the cleaning tips below rely on techniques that won't harm your appliances, getting just the right results may take a little bit of trial and error. Each stainless steel appliance is a little different, and if your appliances come from different manufacturers, then you may have to tweak your techniques a bit to bring out the best in each one.
Try Vinegar and Olive Oil for a Homemade Solution
Two of the most popular options for cleaning stainless steel can likely be found in your pantry or kitchen cabinets. Start by using a spray bottle with white vinegar to spray down and wipe off your appliances. Once you have cleaned the whole surface, dip a soft cloth in olive oil and use that to polish your stainless steel to a shiny finish. With a little practice, this technique can have your stainless steel surfaces looking brand new.
Gentle Dish Soap Is Also a Great Option
If you wish to use a more traditional method, a soft cloth and warm water mixed with gentle dish soap can also get the job done. Use one cloth to clean the surface with that mixture, then another clean, dry, soft cloth to dry and polish the surface when you're done cleaning.
Always Use a Soft Cloth or Towel
No matter which products you use to clean your stainless steel surfaces, remember that it's always best to use something very soft, like a microfiber cloth, to wipe down and polish the surface. Paper towels can also work in a pinch, but the key is to avoid using older, heavily used cleaning cloths that may cause damage or an uneven finish.
Polish "With the Grain" for the Best Finish
If your surface isn't quite looking how you want after cleaning, then you may be polishing against the grain. It's usually best to move your towel in one direction when polishing to go with the grain, and finding the right direction may take a little experimenting.
Are you searching for a new home, where you can create the kitchen of your dreams? Our team is here to help. Contact us today.
You've spent many hours over the years picking out every fixture, paint color, and piece of furniture to make your house a home.
Now you're ready to put your house on the market, but you have to be prepared for future potential buyers. Our REALTORS® are experts at getting your home to sell as quickly as possible. Here are some decorating trends to avoid and updates you can make to give buyers of Southport homes for sale exactly what they want.
Bold Patterned Walls
Big, bold wallpaper patterns have become extremely trendy in recent years for places like bathroom spaces and accent walls in living spaces throughout your home.
However, while you may love those giant pandas with the bamboo forest background, they might turn potential buyers away. You buyers may see a project they have to take on if they purchase your home.
What to Do Instead: Paint your walls in neutral colors. White will always help give the buyers a blank space to envision how they would make the space their own. Or consider warmer neutrals to give the space a cozier feel. Neutral colors also help the rooms look brighter and larger, appealing to a broader range of potential buyers.
With experience working with both home buyers and sellers, our REALTORS® have an in-depth knowledge of what buyers are looking for in Southport homes for sale. By far, the most sought-after features are those that increase the energy efficiency of a home.
Energy efficiency is the one thing that adds value for everyone on both sides of the house-buying equation. For sellers, having proof that you installed energy-efficient features in the home you're selling will increase the appeal to buyers. It will also enable you to ask for, and usually receive, a higher selling price. Some sellers question the initial cash investment they need to make to increase their home's energy efficiency, but when we point out how this investment can help them realize a better selling price, they understand the benefit.
There's no denying that curb appeal is essential, but what exactly does that mean to homebuyers these days? Our REALTORS® are well-versed in the latest outdoor trends in Southport homes for sale and recommend that sellers pay particular attention to the outdoor spaces of their home. Here are a few exterior features that can make your home more attractive to buyers, increase its value, and help it sell faster.
The marine beauty of coastal towns in North Carolina makes the ideal backdrop for a calm and happy life. Use the unique natural charms of the Southport, NC landscape to sell your home more quickly.
One way to make your seaside home stand out is by choosing the perfect color to complement the seaside terrain. Our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd and Associates use these secrets when finding just the right hue when placing a Southport home for sale.
There's something timeless and boundless about watching the ocean and feeling that salty wind in your face. Maybe that's why we're so enamored with living near it, taking in all the sea has to offer.
But for a North Carolina house, being by the sea can be damaging, with exposure to salt, sand, and wind. Salt is corrosive and ever-present in the air and water. Wind, carrying tiny grains of sand, batters and scours your home's exterior. You should be mindful of the extra attention it may need and make sure your maintenance schedule includes specific tasks.
Holding an open house is a great way to make sure a variety of potential buyers see your home. However, as our REALTORS® will point out, for this to be a useful marketing tool, your home must be in great shape for showing. So what do you need to know to make sure your home is well-prepared to wow potential buyers? Here are six things to do before an open house to sell your Brunswick County Home.
The holidays are here and while you can't stop Jack Frost from nipping at your toes, you can stop thieves from putting a chill on your holiday spirit. As you prepare to celebrate the holidays with your friends and family, some simple additions to your shopping list will go a long way towards securing your home.
Our REALTORS® recommend the following smart security measures for your North Carolina home. Each of these home security features are efficient and effective at outsmarting the burglars who may be lurking on the other side of the door.