Dec. 4, 2017

December Home Tips

Winter is approaching with frigid temperatures in the forecast. Here are a few tips you may be interested in to help get your home ready...

Check your basement windows for drafts and/or cracked panes.

Check on supplies around the home that could will be helpful if there's a weather related power outage or other emergency. Batteries, non perishable  food items, and blankets should be available.

Replace the filter on your furnace to keep it operating as efficiently as possible.

Clean faucet aerators and shower heads.

Reseal grout on counters, walls, and floors to prevent staining.

Drain approximately 2 gallons from water heater to eliminate sediment.

Make sure any decorative lights you put up for the holidays are working properly before hanging them. Discard anything with a frayed or damaged cord.


Posted in Seller Tips
Nov. 2, 2017

5 Moving Day Tips

There is nothing easy about moving. Check out these 5 tips to help ease the stress of moving into a new home...


Plan and write down

There is nothing better than good, old-fashioned planning ahead. Although it can be hectic in the beginning, it will be very helpful as the moving day approaches. Write everything down, no matter how small or trivial, because even the most minuscule thing can turn out to be crucial later, like packing batteries for the remote controllers.

Organizing everything beforehand according to carefully thought out plan is the basis for going through the life-changing events without any strain, inconvenience or anxiety. Or at least with the least amount of it.


Pack your belongings practically

The worst thing that can happen is to pack everything incorrectly and create a mess of broken and mismatched belongings, as well as chaos when the moving day comes. First and foremost, organize your belongings. Some things you’ll throw away, and some you’ll take to your new place, so make sure you know which is what before you start packing. Choose boxes and packaging for fragile and delicate belongings, as well as an appropriate method to protect them from damage and breaking. Mark everything so you would know where is what and to give extra instructions to movers on how to handle your things.

Prepare both places for moving

Your old place needs to be tidied up before you officially move out to make sure it's clean and you have taken everything with you. Your new place will probably require some renovations, like painting the walls, installing kitchen appliances and cabinets, landscaping and cleaning up the mess afterward. During that time, you can place your belongings in storage units, basement or in any other place where they’ll be sheltered and protected from possible construction and decorating works.

Change your address and locks

This is on the list because it’s important, but then again small enough to be overlooked. The moment you close on your house, call a locksmith and change the locks on the doors in your new house. Also, change the address for your subscriptions and in your documents. This can be a little stressful and annoying, but it’s better to deal with it right away then leave it for later when you’re knee-deep in decorating and renovations. 

Include others and make it fun

Never underestimate that moving can be fun and you can actually enjoy it a great deal. The best way to make sure you turn it into something enjoyable is to invite your loved ones to participate. This way they can help you out with decisions and packing, but also keep you in the good mood and relaxed. And on a moving day, you can make a little party and celebrate your new home and a life you'll start there. The best part about it all is that you get to share one of the most important days of your life with the people you care about and have their support when you need it the most.



Although your old home carries memories, your new one will help you create more wonderful moments in time. Change can come as something frightening and unknown sometimes, but try observing it as an adventure rather than a nuisance. So, instead of obsessing about what will go wrong on your moving day, concentrate on all the possibilities and challenges you have before you. And don't forget to rejoice in having an opportunity to discover new horizons and experience different aspects of your life. Because after all, life-changing events can be fun and fulfilling, not only stressful and exhausting.


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July 5, 2017

The Best Waterfall Trip is Right Around the Corner!

July is here with it's hot Summer days

What better way to enjoy summertime in Western North Carolina than by jumping in the cool mountain water? Franklin, NC alone has an abundance of swimming holes, rivers and waterfalls within minutes of it's Main Street. Whether you live here, are on vacation, or just passing through, we have compiled a list of all the local hot spots and  an easy travel guide to visit all the majestic waterfalls in Western North Carolina.

Dry Falls, Highlands, NC

Photo Credit: Flickr/Jim Leistman


Click here for the Ultimate Waterfall Guide







June 5, 2017

5 Reminders for Home Sellers

Selling a home can sometimes be stressful. Having your home in the best condition possible is one way to help Buyers see it’s potential.® offers up some handy tips that you might not have thought of…


Highlight improvements and any issues.

List the problems you’ve solved while you’ve lived in your home and be ready to disclose any potential past issues that you may have had like chimney fires, water damage, or a flood in the basement. Disclose any “invisible improvements,” such as a French drain system too.

Google your address.

NAR states that 80% of buyers now search online for homes. Sellers should be aware of how their listing looks on the Internet. If the Google Maps’ street view doesn’t show your recent home improvements, make sure you list those updates in your listing.

Test out the doorbell.

First impressions make a big difference. A lack of cosmetic repairs, even seemingly minor, may cost you a sale. Buyers want to arrive at a well-kept home.  The exterior view should give the perception that the seller has great pride in the home and has taken good care of it. Check light switches and doorbells are all in working order.

Clean everything.

Buyers are going to snoop everywhere! They are going to judge how clean your home is. Take the time to do a deep clean or spending the money to hire a cleaner will reap it’s benefits.

Designate which items aren’t included in the sale.

Be sure to let your agent know first hand what items do not convey with the sale of your home. By law, anything bolted to the wall or ceiling goes to the buyer unless specified in the contract. Removing personal items from your home can also give the buyers a sense of ownership and help them place their own personal belongings in the home.


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May 9, 2017

How Much Home Can I Really Afford?

When you start thinking about buying a home the first question on your mind is typically "how much home can I really afford?"

The good news is that in today's market place, if you can afford to rent, you can probably afford to buy a home. The mortgage you can qualify for depends on many factors, including your target monthly payment, annual income, and down payment amount. You'll also need to consider any existing debts you have whenever you're considering buying.

We would be happy to talk to you about your personal situation and help you evaluate how much home you can afford based on your personal circumstances. We have an in-house lender plus a list of others we work with. Give us a call to learn more about what we can do to help you purchase a home!