Thursday, December 26, 2013

Moving Tips for Coastal Carolina Homebuyers

Whether you're moving in the heat of summer or the holiday hustle and bustle of the holidays, moving is a stressful process. And no matter if you've done it before or have just purchased your first home on the Crystal Coast— homebuyers can always use moving tips, especially from real estate experts. Below are a few tips for moving that can help you in your moving process to new homes in Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle and make your transition into new homeowner a smooth one:

Find a Reliable Moving Company
Many times homeowners don't desire to do all of the heavy lifting themselves— hauling belongings from one piece of Crystal Coast real estate to the next— in which case you will need a moving company. It can be tough to find a reliable moving company, especially if this is the first time you're hiring one. Oftentimes, your real estate agent has a recommendation and can refer you to one of their own. Contact your real estate agent for referrals on these types of companies.

Make a List, Check It Twice
It never hurts to be too organized and there is no such thing as too organized. Make a timeline for your move and all of the moving parts and steps that will be involved. Break down the tasks that you should be doing each week and the pieces that should be moved during which times. It can also help to color coordinate boxes and keep a log of them with your timeline and checklist. The earlier you start, the easier it will be come moving time!

Make a Budget
Many times new homeowners do not estimate the amount of money it might take to move to a new homes in North Carolina. Real estate agents are always better equipped to discuss the budget of a move and what to account for in that budget— always contact your real estate agent with questions in this area. If your budget is tight for your move, your agent will be able to help you get it down to the essentials and keep costs low.

Get Recommendations
Again, finding the right moving company and all of the other services you'll need for a move can be difficult. It's helpful to get recommendations from friends, family, and your local real estate expert who can guarantee a reliable, trusted service for you and your move. You'll save time and money in the long run when you use a trusted company with a proven record. KCM even recommends real estate agents "provide [their] clients with a list of people [they] recommend, including a cleaner, exterminator, interior decorator, handyman, contractor, and anyone else [they] find necessary or helpful to clients during the moving process."

Gena Gilbert

Thursday, December 12, 2013

How to Celebrate the Holidays on the Crystal Coast

Carteret County Arts and Crafts, Holiday Show and Sale
Through Sunday, December 15, 2013; 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday, 
1 PM to 5 PM Sunday
Morehead Plaza Shopping Center

Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition (CCACC) invites you to join them as they celebrate 35 years of bring local arts and crafts to the Crystal Coast! This is a great time to pick up last minute holiday gifts!

Ice Skating on the Morehead City Waterfront

December 6 through January 1, 2014
Katherine Davis Park Parking Lot 

Skating session times:

Monday - Friday 6:00, 7:00, 8:00
Saturday 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00
Sunday 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00

A fun way to celebrate the holiday season with skating on the Morehead City Waterfront. The Morehead City Parks and Recreation Department will be operating an artificial ice skating rink from Friday, December 6 through Wednesday, January 1— closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Skating fees are $5.00 per skater (fee includes rental skates) for each 45-minute skating session.

Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour

December 14, 2013; 5 PM to 8 PM
Beaufort NC

How magical to tour Beaufort at night! Tour private homes in Beaufort and ride on the double-decker bus with carolers from local churches. Homeowners will open their doors so that the public can delight in their festive d├ęcor and decorations. 

Beaufort Holiday Art Walk

December 14, 2013; 1 PM to 5 PM
Historic Downtown Beaufort

Enjoy this festive day in downtown historic Beaufort and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations. A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. The Art Walk will begin at The Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St.

Morehead City Christmas Parade

December 14, 2013; 11 AM
Downtown Morehead City

What better way to celebrate the season than with a holiday parade? The Morehead City Christmas Parade will begin downtown at 11 AM for all who wish to come out and enjoy.

Gena Gilbert

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Host the Holidays Stress-Free at Your Coastal Carolina Home

The holidays are here on the Crystal Coast and many homeowners will be hosting guests at their homes in Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle. And while you may be prepared for the holidays, your home may not be. These common problems happen in homes in North Carolina every year, be prepared to fix them! And when the time comes to sell your homes in North Carolina, your property will be twice as ready for the sale.
Your Oven Won't Heat
This is perhaps the biggest issue when it comes to hosting holidays at your home. But the oven not working can be prevented. Do not self-clean your oven until after the holidays to avoid blowing a fuse in the oven or damaging the thermostat.
The Sink Clogs
You'll likely be doing a lot of cooking this holiday season and using your kitchen sink will be happening more frequently. And did you know the holiday season is the busiest for plumbers? Avoid having to call one by not sending fats or oils down your kitchen sink, they will only solidify and cause problems. Always make sure your garbage disposal is running before you use it and "
never feed it any stringy, fibrous, or starchy foods like poultry skins or potato peels," advised Houselogic.
The Fridge Won't Cool
You need heat in the winter, but when you're storing all of your holiday food in the fridge with no cold air— that's a problem. To avoid this holiday problem, get a thermometer to keep inside the fridge and make sure each shelf stays below 40 degrees. You can also check the back of the fridge to make sure the coils are free to breathe— if they're not, that can stop a fridge from cooling properly.
The holidays are hectic, but your homes in Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Beaufort don't have to be. Get a handle on your home maintenance before the guests arrive and your holiday will be as smooth as can be!

Gena Gilbert