TOP IT OFF RIGHT | Kitchen Countertops Set A Whole New Style | Wilmington NC real estate

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Kitchen remodeling is among the most popular projects undertaken by homeowners — and the most profitable in terms of recouping the investment when the home is sold. One of the major decisions faced by anyone remodeling a kitchen is choosing a countertop.

Ideally, countertops will resist damage from heat, cold, acid burns, cuts, salt, water and various types of stains — and be easy to clean and maintain. It’s a tall order to fill, but a variety of choices are available these days that meet many, if not all, of those requirements.

Plastic Laminate And Ceramic Tile
These materials have long been popular choices because of their relatively low cost and easy installation. Laminates now come in many designs, including granite look-alikes. This variety makes it easy to coordinate a laminate top with wood cabinetry, metal details and other custom features. It is, however, susceptible to burns and scratches. And because laminate is not a solid surface, replacement may be necessary if damage occurs.

Ceramic tile has a classic look about it, provides a durable surface, and offers great variety in color and design. On the down side, its uneven surface makes it harder to keep clean, especially in the grout joints. Acrylic sealers have been developed to help resist grout staining.

Solid-Surface Materials
Countertops of solid-surface materials (e.g., Corian®) have become a popular, if more expensive, choice. Because color and pattern run all the way through this material, repairs are possible when damage occurs.

Other Options
Natural stone (granite is now popular, though expensive), butcher-block wood, stainless steel, poured concrete, and “labtop” (fiber-reinforced cement) are also being used in today’s kitchens. They’ll cost you more but look good and last for decades.

Costs
The cost of countertop materials varies greatly from as little as $1 per
linear foot for inexpensive ceramic tile to $150 per linear foot for high-grade stainless steel. Don’t forget to consider the cost of installation, as well, which generally increases with the cost of materials.

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OPEN THE DOOR TO A BEAUTIFUL SALE…Wilmington NC real estate

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When would-be home buyers walk through your front door, what greets them? If your entryway needs a bit of polish, take a moment to spruce it up and wow buyers at the first step into your home.

No closet? Consider placing an attractive umbrella stand and coat rack in the area to catch the odds and ends.

Brighten it up. A small lamp on a size-appropriate table is a must along with a tray to catch keys, mail and odds and ends.

A place to rest. If space permits, a stool, chair or bench is a great addition for taking off or putting on shoes, but also provides a moment to pause before heading out or in.

Warm it up. A beautiful rug underfoot can set the tone of the home and make a great first impression, while also catching bits of dirt at the door.

Don’t skimp on color. A splash of color on a cushion, a bold light fixture, a striking rug or even a new coat of paint on the front door can give a burst of expression that will be memorable and leave home buyers smiling.

Add texture. If the walls are bland, mix it up with a bold picture hung at eye level, a stencil accent to draw attention to a fun architectural feature, wallpaper or accents of wallpaper that can handle the wear and tear of a busy entry.

Don’t impede traffic flow. Ensure your entryway offers a clear, wide path for visitors to easily move further into your home.

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Vital Signs – The Home Check Up | Wilmington NC real estate

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This winter, give your Wilmington NC home a check-up. Arrange to have an energy-efficiency evaluation by the local utility or contractor. You will find out how you can save on heating and cooling costs, and how much each improvement will cost. While you’re at it, have your heating and cooling systems checked to make sure they’re working at their best.

Another area to check is the house exterior for termites and carpenter ants. And take a look at the roof for shingles or tiles that may be loose or have cracks or bubbles, and for dried or missing caulk around flashing. Check gutters for clogged downspouts, cracks, loose nails and places where the gutters have pulled away from the house.

If you’re planning to sell your home, this check-up will help eliminate surprises when it comes time to have your home inspected before settlement.

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Thinking of Relocating? Check out our relocation kit for help | Wilmington NC real estate

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RELOCATION KIT
Moving from one place to another can be a challenge. Read through our Relocation Kit for pointers on how to make a smooth transition and minimize stress as you do. Just click on the tabs below.You may also want to check out our other kits, identified below. Contact us to request assistance.

 

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