Thursday, February 20, 2014

What to Do on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina This Spring

Are you ready for spring on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina? Take this month and next to visit area events like the Coastal Home and Garden Show to familiarize yourself with local vendors to spruce up your homes in Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle, Beaufort, and Cape Carteret

There are also more opportunities to experience local seafood and view area artists in the events mentioned below. Take a look and enjoy the spring season on the Crystal Coast!

Art from the Heart
February 14 through March 1, 2014
Gallery Hours: Mon-Wed 10 AM to 6 PM; Thurs-Sat 10 AM to 5 PM; Sun 12 PM to 5 PM
Morehead Plaza
Morehead City NC

The Arts Council of Carteret County is presenting a three-week exhibition and sale of original artwork by area artists beginning February 14. Open seven days a week through March 1, guests can come view innovative and traditional works of art including an annual exhibit by area school children. The exhibition will also include: original oils and acrylics, water media, photography and computer-generated art, glass, stone, fiber arts, 3D artwork, pastels and drawings, and mixed media.

Seafood Series in Beaufort
February 24, 2014; 2 PM
To be held at the following locations:
February 24- Island Grille, Atlantic Beach
March 3- Amos Mosquito's Restaurant & Bar, Atlantic Beach
March 17- Island Grille, Atlantic Beach

The Aquarium is teaming up with top restaurants and area chefs to present guests with recipes and tips on preparing fresh, local seafood from North Carolina. This recurring event will also feature Aquarium staff members sharing details on the featured seafood, like life cycles and habitats. The Succulent Seafood Series is scheduled for various Mondays at 2 PM. 

26th Annual Coastal Home and Garden Show
March 1 through March 2, 2014; Sat 10 AM to 5 PM; Sun 11 AM to 3 PM
Crystal Coast Civic Center
Morehead City NC

A great chance to get ideas for sprucing up your Crystal Coast homes this spring! The 26th Annual Coastal Home and Garden Show will include services, wares and expertise of local businesses from building to landscaping to decorating. The show will feature more than 65 exhibitors where visitors can grab ideas, advice, products and more for home projects this spring.

Seafood Shell-ebration
March 1, 2014; 11 AM to 5 PM
Downtown Swansboro
Swansboro NC

This event kicks off Friday, February 28 with a wine tasting and seafood pairing at the White Oak River Bistro and continues Saturday, March 1 from 11 AM to 5 PM. Presented by the NC Coastal Federation and Swansboro Parks and Recreation in downtown Swansboro, guests can enjoy North Carolina oysters and seafood from area restaurants. Progressive tastings will be offered at establishments like Icehouse Waterfrnot Restaurant, Saltwater Grill, and more. Local shops will also be offering gifts and discounts in conjunction with the Shell-ebration.

Looking to start your home search this spring or prepare your home to sell? Contact Gena Gilbert Real Estate today!

Gena Gilbert

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Get Your Crystal Coast NC Home Ready for Spring

Spring is the time to make repairs, bring your Crystal Coast home out of the post-holiday winter lull, and really be sure everything is in working order for the busy months ahead. Your first order of business? Making sure no water is able to come inside your Crystal Coast homes by securing every spot possible. Along with updating home staples like the shower curtain, here's how you can get your homes in North Carolina ready for spring:

Change the Shower Curtain
In preparing for spring, you'll want to check your bathroom for leaks, including the shower head. While you're at it, check if the shower curtain needs replacing as damp curtains can cause mold and mildew to take up residence. Also remember to open and let the curtain air out when you're done using the shower to prevent mold from contributing to problems in the tub.

Seal Up Energy Leaks
One of the most important precautions you can take before spring is to seal any leaks or cracks where you might be losing energy. You can use a tube of spray caulk or spray insulation to fill in large gaps and be sure to take a pencil and paper with you to note troublesome areas you may not be able to tackle right now. Walk around your homes in Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Emerald Isle, Beaufort, and Cape Carteret, to feel for areas where air may be entering and energy escaping, especially around electrical and plumbing fixtures, appliance vents, and furnace ducts.

Clean Out Storage Areas
Spring cleaning at its best— get a head start before it arrives by taking on a cluttered storage space, maybe in the garage, attic, laundry room or shed. Begin by removing everything from the space and piling it up outside, clean the space from top to bottom before going through the items to be sure they're still worth keeping. Let go of things you haven't used in the last year and donate or recycle.

Take an Outside Tour
Walk around the outside of your Crystal Coast real estate and check for storm damage that may have occurred over the past few months. You can also take the time to clean out your gutters while outside— you should do this twice a year, according to MSN Real Estate— and perhaps more often if your home is surrounded by trees. 

Looking to start your home search and begin the process of moving to a new home this spring? Want more information on what homebuyers are looking for in the Crystal Coast area this year? Contact Gena Gilbert Real Estate today!

Gena Gilbert