Paint is one of the most powerful tools for transforming your home. Simply repainting a room can make that room look completely different when the job is done. Trust us – we do it all the time when staging our homes for sale in Raleigh, and it works!
That said, it's important to apply your paint carefully. Making mistakes while painting will always affect the final result. Here are a few of the most common ways we've seen paint projects go wrong and some things you can do to correct the problem.
A fresh coat of paint can completely change a home's look and feel, but if you're ready for a truly fresh start, it's time to think about moving. Contact us today.
After looking at plenty of homes for sale in Raleigh, you've found the one that's perfect for you. Now all you need to do is decorate it. What's something simple you can do to add your personal touch to the house? January 10th is National Houseplant Appreciation Day. Why not get some foliage to brighten up your new home? Houseplants make great decor, but they're also much more than that. Here are some of the benefits of adding houseplants to your home.
Besides houseplants, there are plenty of other simple ways to brighten up your home's decor. But first, you need to find the home you want to decorate! Our real estate agents can help you with that. Contact us to find a home that meets your needs in a Raleigh neighborhood you'll love.
The year is drawing to a close, and a new year is on the horizon. This is certainly an occasion to celebrate! New Year's Eve is the perfect opportunity to party with family, friends or a mix of both. If you're hosting, it's wise to start planning before the holiday season gets too busy. Our real estate agents have tips to help you host a New Year's Eve party for the ages.
With the tips above, you can host a New Year's party that will close out 2022 with a bang. If you're still looking for a new home, contact us. We'll help you with your 2023 search for Raleigh properties for sale.
What better way to make your new house feel like home this holiday season than to put up a few lights? You could just string them across the roof, but since you're in a new place, why not try something more elaborate this year? There are plenty of homes for sale in Raleigh with beautiful light displays. Here are a few ideas to get your imagination going.
These are just a few of the ways you can make your home look festive this holiday season. Contact us if you're ready to make Raleigh your new home. Our real estate agents will help you find the perfect house to let your creative spirit fly during the holidays and throughout the year.
Your laundry room doesn't have to be just the place you associate with your least favorite chore. While they typically don't receive the same level of attention as other rooms in the house, our real estate agents can tell you laundry rooms are full of potential.
Transforming your laundry room into a bright, functional space can really pay off when it comes time to sell your home. It also might help make doing the laundry just a bit more enjoyable. If you're looking for new ideas on how to make the most of your laundry room, here are some tips:
Laundry rooms are a valuable asset to any home, and the right design and decor can really help bring them to life. Contact us today for more tips on how to make the most of your home or for help searching homes for sale in Raleigh!
If you've grown dissatisfied with the home you live in, you may wonder if buying a new home or remodeling your current one is your best option. Each has its pros and cons, and the right answer depends on your particular circumstances as well as the real estate market in your area and in the one you might move to.
Our real estate agents recommend taking the following steps to determine whether buying or remodeling is best for you:
A functional and beautiful outdoor space can help make your summers more enjoyable, and when it comes to creating the perfect outdoor oasis, hardscaping has a big role to play. Our real estate agents always make it a point to invest in new outdoor elements that enhance the outdoor experience. New hardscaping not only helps to improve your home value, but it can also be aesthetically pleasing.
Below, we'll discuss the importance of hardscaping and how you can use it to make the most out of your yard this summer.
What Is Hardscaping?
Hardscaping is a term that describes any man-made outdoor elements, such as sidewalks, stairs, patios, retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, and more. It's basically a term used to describe landscaping elements that are not plants. Hardscaping can be used to expand your living space, guide outdoor traffic, or increase the overall functionality of your yard. It's also very low maintenance!
Good hardscaping requires a lot of time and planning, but the end result is often well worth the investment. Here are some hardscaping tips to make your project a success:
Whether you're looking to create a new space for entertaining guests or your own private oasis, hardscaping is a great investment. Contact us today for more ideas about how to improve your outdoor space.
Part of making your house a home is getting to customize it with your interests. Put your personality and hobbies on display when you design a built-in bookshelf.
Built-in bookshelves complement your home, and you can use them as a focal point instead of furniture. Additionally, built-in bookshelves are customizable, easy to organize and make the space look bigger. Our real estate agents put together this guide to help you add built-in bookshelves after buying our Raleigh homes for sale to customize them to your taste.
Are you ready to find your next home and customize it? Contact us with your needs and preference, and let us help make your search easier.
In and around the Triangle area, there are several beautiful luxury listings available for sale. What exactly differentiates these properties from the standard market? Is it the square footage, the features, or the technology? Some would say it is all of the above. Ultimately, luxury buyers are not looking at the price tag in their search for their next dream home but the amazing amenities that come with the property. Here are the top 6 must-have features in luxury homes!
1. Indoor / Outdoor living
Indoor/outdoor living seamlessly extends your home's great room or dining quarters. This trend tends to keep cohesion in design from the interior to the exterior of your home. Typically indoor/ outdoor living has always been a primal commodity when searching for a new home. With the new normal consisting of being at your humble abode more these days, the amenity has become a necessity. What makes an outdoor living space luxurious is the ability to provide comfort through all seasons while also allotting multiple entertainment options. High-end features include retracting screened porches, outdoor kitchens, cabanas, and sometimes a type of water feature. This CBHPW luxury listing checks off each box on the list! With its large covered porch and a wood fireplace, the immaculate outdoor kitchen has a top-of-the-line grill station, jacuzzi, and extensive acreage for sporting events or games. One thing for sure is that you may yearn to host any occasion with this property as your next home. To view more of this listing, click here.
2. Theatre Room
Entertainment becomes the next level when a luxury property contains an in-home theater. The ability to bring the ultimate cinematic experience to your fingertips is a sought amenity many buyers search for when hunting for their next home. What makes an in-home theater top-notch is its ability to incorporate features similar to an actual movie theater. This includes a top-of-the-line av-system, projector, large screens, recessed lighting, and comfortable loungers. The goal of the theater room is to immerse yourself in what's on the screen, whether that be the newest megahit movie or the exciting rival sports game. The cinema room pictured above is from none other than one of our CBHPW luxury listings. This glorious in-home theater offers stadium seating, a high-tech projector, and even mimics the groovy movie theater carpet. To view more of this property, click here.
3. Large Garages
The standard two-car garage does not cut it for luxury properties. Buyers are looking for substantial space when envisioning the housing of their precious automobiles. Typically, luxury properties have at least a 3-car garage! To any car buff, the garage is not just a space for storing your vehicle. This part of the property could be turned into a luxurious showroom, man cave, or workshop. This beautiful CBHPW luxury property comes with a three-car garage with gorgeous rustic wood garage doors. To view more of this property, click here.
4. Intricate Ceiling Designs
Raised ceilings and other intricate ceiling styles are quite the fanbase for luxury homes. A room turns from basic to compelling when there is a ceiling feature that adds depth, sophistication, and style. In most luxury dwellings, at least one space must contain a styled ceiling. One of these rooms can be the living room, sitting room, primary bedrooms, and or dining rooms. What exactly are some styles of these ceilings? They are cathedral, tray, beamed, suspended, and coffered. One would love to have any of these exquisite designs in their home! For example, in this CBHPW luxury listing above. The sitting room contains a beautiful coffered ceiling. The coffered ceiling consists of sunken panels accented by molding, creating a waffle-like appearance. What works well in this room is the brilliant addition of recessed lighting. For more on this property click here.
5. Massive Walk-In Closets
Typically an owner of a luxury home tends to live a complete life of luxury. Meaning everything about them is high-end, like their fashion sense. Closets in a luxury home are an extension of the main room and need to boast space and means of organization. Closets these days are not just for hanging clothes. They can be an area to lounge in after using the spa bathroom or a place to put on that fashion show after shopping in the streets of London. For sure, luxury home buyers are looking for closets that encompass organization and can show off their beautiful wardrobe. In this CBHPW luxury home, the primary closet is genuinely massive. This closet incorporates different levels of custom built-in shelving and an island dresser to accommodate all buyers' attire needs. To view more of this property, click here.
6. Relaxing Spa baths
When buyers search for their next home, kitchens and bathrooms are the most focused rooms, which is why main bathrooms in luxury homes are genuinely upping the ante in their need to give that spa-like aura. Features include a jacuzzi bathtub fit for a king, a large walk-in shower that doubles as a steam room, neutral colors, beautiful stone or tile, and lots of space for minimal clutter. In this CBHPW luxury listing, this bathroom truly exuberates comfort and relaxation. The large window allows natural light to encase the room, making the white pop against the darker grays. The unity in neutral colors creates a calming sensation. One can relax in the free-standing tub or use the shower with multi-shower heads in this bathroom. To view more, click here.
When buying or selling in the luxury market, we are sure you have seen one or more of these features within the properties. To view, all of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walstons' luxury homes for sale, visit our website at https://www.hpwluxury.com
Located in Serenity Lake Sudivion of Wake Forest, this stunning HPW Luxury listing offers seclusion and sophistication. As you take the private drive, you will be welcomed by the all-brick custom home that is 1617 Curly Hill Court, Wake Forest, NC 27587.
Walk through the beautiful wooded double door and embrace the elegance of the two-story foyer. Gleaming, marble floors accentuate the twinkling lights of the grand candle chandelier. The class continues in this area with an alluring hardwood winder staircase accompanied by a wrought iron railing.
Rounding out the first floor, you will find the sitting room with a french door entryway. This room was built for winter days due to the addition of a charming fireplace. Across the way through the arched doorway is the fanciful dining room. The large tray ceiling gives this room a wide open effect. If the ceiling didn't catch your eye, the dazzling chandelier with a decorative medallion piece sure will!
The state-of-the-art kitchen adds to this home's luxury title with the extensive range of unique features equipped in this space. Features include a sizable sub-zero refrigerator, stainless steel Viking gas range, and butlers pantry. Plus, the cream-colored french country-style cabinetry pops against the dark granite countertops and black accents that run throughout.
With the introduction of the summer solstice, take advantage of the long, warm days in the floor-to-ceiling windowed sunroom. Bolstered with multiple skylights, one can enjoy those bird singing bright mornings or the cotton candy sunsets North Carolina is known for.
This 5,782 square foot home includes two master bedrooms, two respectably large bedrooms on the second floor, and an enormous bonus room. Making this property perfect for working from home or the potential for a growing family.
View 1617 Curly Hill Court by clicking here. This property is listed by Cindy Glass of our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Cary Office. For more information on the HPW Luxury listing, please check out the latest edition of our HPW Luxury Magazine or visit https://www.hpwluxury.com.
You've looked at countless Raleigh homes for sale, and you've finally found the one. Is it too early to start planning your housewarming party? Not at all! A housewarming party is a perfect opportunity to show off your new home to your friends, celebrate with those you care about most, and just relax in your own space. The following are some hosting tips that may come in handy as you plan and hold your housewarming.
A housewarming party is a great opportunity to show off your new space and welcome others into it as well. With the hosting tips above, you'll be set for success. If you're still on the hunt for the perfect home, feel free to contact us soon. Our real estate agents will be happy to guide you through the house-hunting process, working with you closely every step of the way.
Want to purify the air while improving the appearance of your home? Add a few indoor plants to improve your indoor air quality, reduce your stress levels, and enhance your home's aesthetic.
Our real estate agents also know that indoor plants effectively make any space look more inviting. Here are a few plants that will boost your indoor air quality and help your home look its best.
Want a home with more space for indoor plants? Contact us to start your search!
Spring is here at last! Our real estate agents have been looking forward to another year of beautiful, thriving plants at our Raleigh and Durham homes for sale. In their time working on local properties, they have seen some incredible examples of gardening prowess and learned which plants grow best in this area of North Carolina. Here are some of the plants they are most excited to recommend to local gardeners this year.
Eager to get started on your new garden? Contact us for more information on our roster of properties and find your perfect landscaping canvas today.
Spring isn't here quite yet, but it's poking its head around the corner. If you're someone who looks forward to a good spring cleaning, then you probably can't wait to pull out your mops and buckets. Planning ahead for spring cleaning is a great way to stay busy and make sure you're ready to go the second the weather breaks. So, how do you plan for a successful spring cleaning? Our real estate agents have some helpful tips.
Getting your house clean so you can list it this spring? If you're thinking of moving, don't hesitate to contact us. Our real estate agents can help you find incredible Raleigh homes for sale, and they can guide you through the buying process.
Not everyone loves cleaning, but everyone will agree a clean home shows the best! One of the best ways to keep your house clean is to create a cleaning schedule. This is especially important if you'll be selling your house soon, as Raleigh homes for sale need to be showing-ready at all times. Here are a few tips for creating a cleaning schedule you can stick to.
Keeping your house clean might not be much fun (at least not for most of us), but with these tips, it can at least become a little easier. If you're getting ready to sell your home and are interested in learning more about cleaning and staging a house for sale, contact us today.
Many buyers looking into Raleigh homes for sale are attracted by updated appliances that make life more convenient. Upgrading your home's appliances before selling is a great way to increase your home's value and spark interest among potential buyers. Our real estate agents have reviewed the most exciting appliance upgrades for 2022 and listed them below.
These appliance updates will help make your home more comfortable in 2022 or help you appeal to buyers looking in the Raleigh area. Kitchen appliances are the most important to buyers, while energy-efficient equipment draws crowds of eager buyers. Contact us to discover the upgrades that interest homebuyers and learn more about the real estate market.
Home sustainability plays an important role in keeping our planet and our community healthy and clean. From recycling to energy efficiency, eco-friendly best practices can help reduce pollution, diminish dependence on raw materials, and ultimately helps prevent garbage from filling up landfills.
With National Recycling Day coming up on November 15, our real estate agents thought we'd take a moment to reflect on the importance of green living. Here are some everyday sustainability tips to incorporate into your home and life.
Energy efficiency, sustainability, and green-living play a critical role in reducing carbon emissions and reducing utility bills. For assistance finding a home with eco-friendly features, contact us today.
If you're preparing to add your home to the list of Raleigh homes for sale, it's essential to replace worn-out items. Worn-out items give the appearance that your home isn't properly maintained, and in some cases, can harbor germs and make it more cumbersome to maintain a clean living space. Here are some guidelines for replacing these common household items.
Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to get started!
More than 45 years ago, Howard Perry and Walston put down roots in the fertile area around Raleigh homes for sale. Thanks to you, we've grown to become a leading real estate network comprised of 15 sales offices with more than 900 agents.
Get to know HPW as our real estate agents share the story behind our brand and how we came to be a part of such a diverse and vibrant community.
The Birth of HPW
Our founder, Don Walston, is well acquainted with the beauty and charm of North Carolina, Don grew up in Wilson, less than an hour away from Raleigh, where his mother instilled in him the value of a strong work ethic and consideration for others.
In 1972, Don put these qualities to good use when he started Howard Perry and Walson in the Capital City. Today, our footprint ranges from Alamance County in the west to Wayne County in the east, giving HPW the leading area real estate market in size and reach.
HPW and Coldwell Banker: Prime-Time Partners
When it came time to build a winning team, Don knew just where to look. HPW partnered with Coldwell Banker, the top real estate company in the world and a highly respected industry leader for more than 100 years.
Coldwell Banker's international presence includes upwards of 3,000 offices throughout 40 countries and territories, with more than 96,000 affiliated real estate agents. HPW's partnership with Coldwell Banker enables us to offer our clients maximum exposure on listings as well as brand recognition and cutting-edge marketing.
Real Estate Services from A to Z
HPW has a mission to provide experienced guidance to our clients in every aspect of their real estate journey, from beginning to end. In order to provide full service, we have established an award-winning group of departments and divisions to supplement our residential brokerage offices.
On the Move
Whether it's for personal or professional reasons, relocation to another state carries its own set of challenges. HPW's stellar Relocation Division helps to smooth the transition for the 60+ people moving to our area each day.
We're proud to be the #1 relocation division in the country, managing more than 65 percent of corporate relocation activity in our area. HPW has developed strong long-term relationships with many corporations and businesses in the region, and we work hand-in-hand to ensure that their associates have a positive relocation experience.
HPW: Ahead of the Curve
As with many other industries, technology has revolutionized real estate. HPW is committed to incorporating the most current, cutting-edge tools available to assist our clients.
Here are just a few of the value-added services we provide:
Contact us today to learn more about how the HPW difference can help you successfully reach your real estate goals.
Your pets are a part of the family. Our real estate agents are well aware of that and, since September is National Happy Cat Month, we want to share with you some of the many ways you can make your home more comfortable for them. Make your home the purr-fect place for your feline friends by following these tips.
If you think one of the exquisite Raleigh homes for sale might be a great new place for you and your cat, our real estate professionals would like to help you find it. Contact us today to get started.
What's so hard about buying patio furniture? Why not just go online or to a store and pick something pretty and buy it? You can do that, but you may not be happy with how that plays out in the patio area of the dream home you chose among homes for sale in the Triangle. A little planning will help you make the most of your outdoor living space. If you're not sure what questions to ask about a patio furniture purchase, follow the guidelines our real estate agents have put together.
Need more tips to improve your outdoor living space? Contact us today.
When you find furniture, artwork, or a decor scheme that you love, it's natural to want to incorporate it into your own home. However, our real estate agents know that some stylistic components aren't a good fit for every home; they may make the room appear small, cluttered, or unattractive. Your space will then be unappealing to you and potential buyers. Here are some common interior design mistakes you might be making and some simple solutions for fixing them.
Now that you've addressed these interior design mistakes, are you ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to start the process!
Whether you enjoy binge-watching your favorite shows or like to host at-home movie nights, a home theater system is an excellent addition to your home. Our real estate agents find that a home theater system is also appealing to potential homebuyers and helps define your home's unused spaces. Here are a few ways you can take your home theater to the next level.
Want a home with more space for your home theater? Contact us today to explore your options!
If you feel your home isn't complete without a four-legged friend, you're not alone. Many homeowners have at least one pet. Whether you're thinking about getting your first pet or adding yet another to your pack, introducing a new pet requires some planning and finesse. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for bringing a new fur-buddy into your home.
Adding a pet to the family is exciting, but it may also remind you of the features you want in your next home, such as more space, a larger yard, and close proximity to parks or walking trails. If you're ready to start looking for a new home for you and your family, both two-legged and four-legged family members included, contact us today.
Indoor plants are a good way to liven up your living space, but taking care of them can be tricky in the wintertime. Changing temperatures, humidity, and exposure to sunlight all play a role in your plant's overall health. If you recently bought some new indoor plants or are simply bringing your outdoor plants inside to escape the cold, our real estate agents have some recommendations that can help you keep them healthy and vibrant this winter:
Many owners of these beautiful Raleigh homes for sale use indoor plants as a way to revitalize their interior during the winter months. However, taking care of them often requires a bit of planning and preparation. For more tips on how to decorate your home, contact us today!
Autumn is here, and Mother Nature is ready to put on a show with colorful leaves, crisp cool nights, and the bounty of the harvest. The vibrant fall season is the perfect time to make your home stand out and prepare for what lies ahead. Our REALTORS® know that a home with curb appeal is much more attractive to buyers, so it's important for those with Raleigh homes for sale to give their landscaping some extra love. These tips and fabulous fall landscaping ideas can help you make the most out of your outdoor spaces this autumn.
Ready to buy or sell a home in Raleigh this fall? Our experienced real estate professionals can help. Contact us to get started.
Moving is a major life event, and an unorganized packing process can add stress to what is already a stressful situation. Organizing a move can present challenges for even the most experienced of planners, but crafting effective packing and unpacking strategies can help ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. If you're in the market for one of these beautiful Raleigh homes for sale, consider these packing tips from our real estate agents when planning your move:
Moving doesn't need to be a stressful process. With a bit of planning, you'll be into your new home in no time. Contact us for more tips on how to make your move less stressful.
Once you close on your new home, it might feel like the hard work is over. However, there are still a lot of tasks you need to add to your to-do list to get your new home set up so that it's safe and comfortable for your family. Here are some things you need to do after buying your home.
Want to start exploring properties that might be right for you? Contact us today to get started!
You've prepared your home for the market, attracted a buyer, received an offer, the finish line is in sight... but a home inspection still stands between you and closing the deal. Handling the home inspection process is easier when you know exactly what to expect, how to prepare, and how the results of the home inspection can impact your transaction. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare with our guide for what to expect from your home inspection.
Why a Home Inspection Is Crucial to Closing the Deal
When a buyer is shopping for Raleigh homes for sale and decides to make an offer, their offer will typically be made with a "home inspection contingency" to protect them if there are issues with the inspection. This contingency allows the buyer to revise their offer based on the inspection, or withdraw the offer entirely if the inspection reveals serious issues. A smooth inspection can pave the way for the final steps of your transaction.
What the Inspector Will Be Looking for Outdoors
The inspector will generally start by checking the outside of your home, including the siding, roof, foundation, patios, and the land around your home. They will look for landscaping issues like overgrown trees that may affect the home, and check for proper drainage to see whether the home is susceptible to water damage. They will also look for any areas where inside meets outside, like vents, pipes, and other openings.
Key Areas the Inspector Will Check Indoors
Inside of the home, the inspector will check key home systems like plumbing, HVAC systems, electrical systems, and your water heater. They will check the water pressure of the home, and look for signs of leaks. In areas like the kitchen and bathroom where water damage is common, the inspector will check ventilation. They will also look for any building code violations, and check for fire safety.
What a Home Inspection Won't Reveal
While the inspector may spot signs of serious issues like foundation damage, septic system problems, or issues with your well, their report won't be the final word on those problems. Instead, if the general inspection reveals issues in those areas, a specialized inspector will need to come for a thorough review.
How to Prepare for a Home Inspection
The most important thing you can do to prepare for a home inspection is to address any maintenance issues – major or minor – before your inspection. This is especially important if there are issues with key systems like plumbing and electricity, or high-priority areas like the foundation or roof. To make the inspector's life easier when they arrive, make sure that the interior of your home is clean, the inspector has easy access to key systems, and outdoor areas are clear of debris.
What to Expect After Your Home Inspection Is Finished
If the home inspection doesn't reveal any serious issues, then you're one big step nearer to closing the deal. If there are issues with the inspection that the buyer wasn't aware of previously, then they may want to renegotiate the deal to account for the cost of repairs.
Still searching for the right buyer to make an attractive offer for your home? The right real estate team makes all the difference. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.
A spare bedroom can come in handy for overnight guests, but if this is a rare occurrence in your home, the space is often better utilized for everyday use. The extra room can be transformed in many different ways to suit your family's needs.
Our real estate agents suggest the following 7 ways to put a spare bedroom to use and to make it your favorite space in your home:
One of the best parts of moving into a new place is adding the touches that make it a home. Homebuyers look at houses imagining that the south-facing window will be perfect for their favorite houseplants and trying to decide which cozy spot is the right one for a pair of armchairs. The process of selling your home requires that you leave room in buyers' imaginations for their aspirations, and there are some interior design trends that can crowd other ideas out. Our estate agents love seeing the personality a home can show, but we also love seeing a home ready for its next act. When getting your home ready to list, here are some interior design trends you should consider avoiding.
Homebuyers deserve the chance to make their own artistic statement once they choose one of the Raleigh homes for sale to make their own. You can help them visualize themselves calling your place home when you stage your home as a canvas for them to embrace their favorite interior design trends. If you have any questions about staging and preparing your home for sale, please contact us.
Taking care of regular maintenance is an important part of being a homeowner. This ensures that your home stays in good repair and that smaller issues don't turn into larger, more expensive ones. While some projects can be delayed, others require immediate attention.
Our real estate agents point out the following home maintenance issues you shouldn't wait to fix:
Have more home improvement questions? Our team is here to help!
Summer is the most difficult time of the year on plants. Our gardens take the brunt of the harsh sunlight and temperatures. To keep your garden looking healthy and beautiful all season long, here are summer garden maintenance tips our real estate agents recommend.
Spring is traditionally the time when we do a thorough cleaning of our homes, undertaking tasks that we don't normally include in our cleaning regimen -- such as cleaning the washing machine.
Why does the washing machine need cleaning? After all, it's continuously washing itself with soap and sometimes hot water. Isn't it clean enough? Not really.
Soap leaves scum. Detergent residue can build up. There are also crevices in the washing machine's interior where dampness prevails, and where mold and dirt can take hold. Though you regularly wipe down the washing machine's exterior, and you often give the inner tub a wipe with a sponge, your machine may need a more thorough cleaning.
Front or top load, your washing machine could use a thorough cleaning at least once every year. It wouldn't hurt to clean it more often.
If you're anticipating putting your home on the market, a substantial spring cleaning is one way to ensure it stands out among other Raleigh homes for sale. Looking for more tips from our real estate agents to get your Raleigh home ready to show? Contact us today.
Is it summer yet? Maybe not quite, but it's finally starting to feel like it, and our real estate agents are more than ready. The warmer weather has us thinking about sitting outside at night, looking up at the stars while a crackling campfire blazes.
After all, summer is campfire season, and these DIY backyard fire pit ideas will ensure that you're ready to take advantage of those warm summer nights! Summer will be here before you know it, so why not go ahead and get started today?
Buy or DIY
A lot of homeowners debate between building their own fire pit and buying one. Sure, you could pick one up at your local Walmart or Home Depot, but there are a lot of advantages to going the DIY route:
DIY Fire Pit Ideas
You have endless options when you build a DIY fire pit. The blank slate your backyard offers can be intimidating, but remember that there's no such thing as a "bad" fire pit design, as long as it's safe and functional! Make sure to do the following:
A Note on Fire Pit Safety
Once you've dreamed up the backyard fire pit you've always wanted, it's time to start building! And when you're done, you can gather your friends for a fun summertime hangout. But before you do any of that, keep a few safety tips in mind:
Tackling DIY home improvement projects is a great way to pass the time at home and make your house a more pleasant place to call your own. And you don't need to be a construction expert to improve your home! Our real estate agents are happy to report that there are a ton of apps available to help with your home improvement projects, whether you're looking for guides, inspiration, or a community of like-minded DIY enthusiasts. Get a leg up on your next project, with our guide to the best home improvement apps for your devices.
Whether you're looking for inspiration for your projects, dreaming about Raleigh homes for sale, or seeking helpful tips from DIY experts, there's no doubt that Pinterest is an excellent resource. The Pinterest app makes it easy to browse all of the content on this popular social channel, and even share progress on your projects to help inspire others. Search for specific home improvement projects, or browse away until you find a project that inspires.
Need to repair household electronics, appliances, or just about any other device around the house? Then the iFixIt app will be an invaluable resource. The app draws on the power of an extensive community of people who love to help each other fix things and contains guides on fixing, improving, or adjusting just about anything under the sun.
Making the right calculations is key to saving both time and money on home improvement projects. The Handyman Calculator app makes it easy to get all of your calculations and measurements just right. It features more than 100 different calculators, geared toward every trade and field of construction. The app also helps you calculate the materials you'll need, manage your to-do list, and keep track of your time spent on each project.
If you're looking for an app that blends social media, DIY tips, and expert advice, then the Houzz app is the perfect place to start. Save your project ideas, share your successful projects with others, and ask for advice from a knowledgeable, dedicated community. And if you decide that you need a little assistance from the pros to complete a project, the app makes it easy to find contractors, architects, and interior designers wherever you're located.
Wouldn't it be nice to have all of the measurement tools that you need in your pocket whenever you need them for a project? The iHandy Carpenter app allows you to do just that, turning your smartphone into a measurement tool. You can use it to calculate angles, check surface levels, measure distances, verify the verticality of walls, and much more.
Thinking of repainting a room, but unsure which colors would work best? The TapPainter app has you covered, allowing you to upload photos of a room and preview how it would look if you painted the walls a different color. The lighting conditions, shadows, and furniture in the room are all preserved in the preview, providing an extremely accurate simulation of how the repainted room would look.
Searching for the perfect home that you can improve to your heart's content? We're here to help. Contact us today.
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the bathroom is the sanctuary. The master bathroom, guest bathroom, and even the downstairs half-bath should all feel comfortable and clean. Our REALTORS® know that a little renovating in these important spaces can go a long way. Here are six bathroom remodeling ideas that will inspire you to refresh the room where your family and guests freshen up.
Scientific studies show that gardening burns calories lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, and elevates your mood. Our real estate agents love to unwind working on their gardens. Plus, it's a great way to enjoy the North Carolina sunshine while practicing social distancing.
Starting a garden of your own is super easy. Use these five tips to start a thriving vegetable garden in your own Raleigh backyard.
Let's face it, your home is probably the most significant investment you'll ever make. Ultimately, you want it to be a space you are your family will enjoy for years to come.
Thanks to virtual tours, homebuyers are able to tour many properties without leaving their comfy couch. Making home buying options seem endless!
And with so many options out there, how do you know that you've found "the one"?
Think you've found the perfect home for you among the many Raleigh homes for sale?
Follow these signs, to determine if that home you just virtually toured is the one!
See the Real Picture
When you view the home, you instantly feel a spark. Everything about the house fits into your idea of a perfect home. Sure, there might be things you want to change, but you come up with solutions rather than focusing on the negatives.
"Ticks All The Boxes"
Before you started touring available homes in the area, you probably thought of a list of must-haves for your new home. For example, you might need a home that has 3 bathrooms. If a home ticks all those boxes (and then some) you may have found the one!
Sometimes, your dream house won't fit your budgetary allocation. Be realistic with what you can afford.
Other Homes Can't Compare
Truth be told, you feel entirely satisfied with this house, and other properties can't sway your decision. Maybe you've even canceled other tours you had scheduled. In fact, you're intent on making an offer and may already be eyeing the paperwork rather than touring other available homes.
Arguably, location is the most critical factor when you're looking to purchase a perfect home. Accordingly, you have to consider your neighborhood, the surrounding amenities, health, and school facilities, transportation, grocery stores, banks, etc. If the neighborhood checks all your boxes as well, that's a good sign!
Have you started imagining yourself making improvements to the house? Are you considering how a different color shade would look on the walls? Or you may be visualizing the furniture arrangement for each room. If you're already thinking of design ideas, it's a sign that you're looking forward to making this house yours!
You Can't Stop Talking About it
You feel like the search is over, and you can barely wait to tell your family and friends about it! Or maybe you've already told them about it and won't stop talking about it. If you can't wait to show them the home in question and you're already making moving plans—you've found your dream home.
That Homey Feeling
Does the house feel like home? That's a sure sign the property is suitable to live in, and you'll be happy with your investment.
Looking for a house can be exciting and equally overwhelming. And with so many property options to pick from, it can be challenging to choose. Our REALTORS® can assist you in navigating the real estate market during the house hunting phase and facilitate the buying process. Contact us today to get started!
When our real estate agents help sellers price their homes, the amount of usable space is always an important factor. While some of the best Raleigh homes for sale make great use of all the available space, most do not.
If you have an unfinished attic or basement, you're missing out on the opportunity to increase the value of your home. Even better, you'll also create a new space that you and your family can enjoy. Not sure how to get started? Here are seven of the best ways to reclaim your unfinished space.
If you're thinking about buying or selling a home in the Raleigh area, we can help! Contact us today.
New Year's is the perfect time to make home-related resolutions and improvements. This is true whether you're planning to stay in your home or would like to move into one of the Raleigh homes for sale. Either way, you'll be improving the appearance of your home and making it more comfortable to live in.
Our REALTORS® suggest making the following improvements to your home in the upcoming year:
Contact us to find out more about which updates can make your Raleigh home more comfortable and marketable. We can suggest New Year's projects that make the most impact for the least amount of money and effort.
Considering a kitchen remodel in 2020? A newly remodeled kitchen can have a big impact on your enjoyment of your home while making it more attractive to buyers if you decide to sell. However, it's easy to make mistakes that cost you time and money.
Our REALTORS® have looked at many kitchens over the years, and they point out 7 common kitchen remodel mistakes – as well as how to avoid them.
Contact us if you'd like to find out what's most popular in kitchens. We can suggest updates that buyers are looking for in Raleigh homes for sale, and that are most likely to let you recoup your investment.
In 2018, the average property was on the market for approximately 68 days. Back in 2010, this number was a whopping 140 days. Though the exact length of time a property remains for sale varies based on the current housing market and existing financial climate, one thing you can do to help your property sell as quickly as possible is stage your living room.
Home staging is the act of setting up a room or space so that it appeals to potential buyers. Staging helps buyers envision how they will utilize a room in a potential home; it also creates a comforting, inviting mood that helps enables buyers to see themselves in a new home. Check out a couple of ways that living room staging can help you make a good impression and sell your house.
Some home sellers decide to leave their living rooms as is when selling their homes. Though there's nothing inherently wrong with your existing living room set-up or decor, staging allows you to appeal to a large number of buyers.
When you make the effort to stage your home, it will appeal to a wider range of buyers who might not see the space the same way you envisioned it. A well-staged living room enables any buyer to envision themselves living in and using that space.
You might need to move before your home sells; in this case, buyers will be met with an empty living room that doesn't maximize the potential of your home. While a vacant space shows off the amount of space a buyer can utilize, some buyers may struggle with how to use the space when it's presented as a blank canvas. Consider leaving some furniture behind or staging it so buyers aren't left with a completely blank presentation.
Most homebuyers use the internet to assist with their home search. The online listing, in most cases, is the first impression your home will have with a potential buyer. Unfortunately, a home that doesn't photograph well may not even make it onto a prospective buyer's radar. If a living room appears uninviting or has drab furnishings, some buyers may immediately dismiss the property as a potential option for their new home.
Staged living rooms photograph better than empty or unstaged spaces. When the home stager stages the space, they'll make sure that your living room boasts neutral colors and styles that appeal to practically any style. They'll also make sure that the staging enhances the room's best features while minimizing any undesirable traits. The end result is a welcoming space that looks amazing both in person and in photographs.
Ready to put your home on the market? Contact us today to set up an appointment. Our REALTORS® will help you sell your home and get you into a new space that satisfies your criteria for the perfect home.
Our in-the-know real estate agents will be hosting open houses this Saturday and Sunday in nearly every corner of this prospering Triangle region and Goldsboro, too. It's time to map out a plan to make the most of this weekend.
It doesn't matter if you're entering the second month of your house hunt or are just getting started, you're going to want to make the most of your open house visits.
Power up your computer or charge up your Smart Phone and start "digging" for information on the homes you plan to visit. Access a home valuation estimate on our HPW.com website to review a comprehensive report with property details, recent area sales, and more useful information for each of the homes you like.
Give yourself ample time to tour the homes you visit. Walkthrough each home with the onsite agent and then go back through on your own. Take time to step into the backyard or stroll down the street. Buying a home is a big deal, and you're going to want to gather every detail possible to make an educated decision.
Attending an open house is exciting, especially when you think the home may be perfect for you and your family. Do your best to remain cool, calm, and collected as you take your tour to ensure you see the home as it really is, without the rose-colored lenses.
Sq Ft: 4,129 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Friday, August 9 from 1 to 5 p.m.,
Saturday, August 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, August 11 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Sq Ft: 3,207 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, August 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Sq Ft: 1,781 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Saturday, August 10 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Sq Ft: 3,371| Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full)
Open House: Saturday, August 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, August 11 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Sq Ft: 1,944 | Beds: 3 | Baths: 2 (full)
Open House: Saturday, August 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, August 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Sq Ft: 2,888 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 2 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, August 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. and
Sunday, August 11 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Sq Ft: 4,045 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, August 10 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 11 from 2 to 5 p.m.
With well-lauded local cities and towns, there are plenty of communities and neighborhoods to consider as you narrow down your list of wants and needs.
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Sq Ft: 1,805 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full)
Open House: Saturday, March 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Sq Ft: 4,910 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Saturday, March 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Sq Ft: 3,282 | Beds: 5 | Baths: 4 (full)
Open House: Saturday, March 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Sq Ft: 3,455 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full) 1 (1/2)
Saturday, March 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. and
Sunday, March 17 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Sq Ft: 3,260 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, March 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Sq Ft: 3,211 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 3 (full) 1 (1/2)
Open House: Sunday, March 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Sq Ft: 3,944 | Beds: 4 | Baths: 4 (full)
Open House: Sunday, March 17 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Ready to pick out paint to make your new home your own? Perhaps you're toying with the idea of changing a wall color to refresh a room before you sell? Maybe the front door needs a facelift to boost your curb appeal? No matter what painting project you want to take on, you may soon find that selecting the perfect paint color isn't as easy as it seems.
There are thousands of colors to choose from in varying finishes making it hard to narrow down the best hue for you. Not to mention, that studies have proven that a home's paint colors may have the power to impact its sale both positively and negatively.
Zillow's 2017 Paint Color Analysis discovered that "walls painted in cool neutrals like blue or gray have broad appeal, and may be signals that the home is well cared for or has other desirable features." Even more interesting, especially to soon-to-be sellers, the study revealed that homes with blue bathrooms, specifically hues of powder blue or pale periwinkle, sold for $5,440 more than anticipated. Zillow's Chief Economist Svenja Gudell added:
"Color can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos. Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors, particularly in shades of blue and pale gray not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space. Incorporating light blue in kitchens and bathrooms may pay off especially well as the color complements white countertops and cabinets, a growing trend in both rooms."
Fortunately, the pros have weighed in and made some excellent recommendations for the perfect paint colors to choose for your home. Plan to bookmark these paint chip picks.
It may surprise you, but white is among the hardest paint colors to pick. Just like other hues on the color wheel, white comes in varying shades that appear warm or cool depending on the mix and the colors with which the paint is paired (think trim work and walls).
Elle Décor recently shared its interior design team's favorite white paints including:
On the hunt for something neutral? Get ready; there are a lot of paints that apply in a variety of colors.
A paint-picking article published by the Washington Post keys this task up honestly with input from an in-the-know designer; "Neutrals are difficult to select because thought needs to be given to whether a warm or cool tone best suits the project," says Josh Hildreth, a Reston designer. "Natural light and lighting conditions need to be considered."
If beige is what you are after, Curbed, a popular website about all-things home, offers up some paint suggestions from its designer contributors:
Gray continues to be the color of choice among home décor designers. If it's also your preference, you should know that the new neutral comes in blue-, green- and taupe-based hues that may change color under different light sources.
Your best bet will be to consider some paints picked by the professionals and test them out in your own home before you commit to a final color. Here are some gray paints recommended by the design team at House Beautiful:
The most popular color across the board, blue is a hue that you'll see in all styles of home décor. The cool color evokes a serene, soothing feeling making it a great option for a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.
Designers are also a fan of using the color to create a statement against complementary shades of white, gray and beige.
Some soft, watery blue paints to consider include:
Seeking a shade that will make more of a statement? These blues may be just what you desire:
Much like blue, green is a color that is often used in home décor designs to set the stage for calming and relaxing rooms.
Well displayed in nature, the hue styles well with many colors and is a good pick for a fresh, clean look. Designer-approved shades include:
Do you want to add a pop of red in your home? The bold hue is a homeowner favorite, but may not always be the best choice if you are prepping for a sale.
Think strategic paint placements—a statement wall, a friendly front door or a backdrop to your built-ins—over total saturation. Some red paint chips to pick up and test out include: