‘Little’ Household Problems Can Eventually Cost A Lot | Wilmington NC real estate

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An Ounce Of Prevention

Sometimes a $1,000 disaster can be prevented with a $4 hose. That’s the finding of many Wilmington NC homeowners who end up paying a lot for repairs that could have been prevented with just an ounce of inexpensive prevention.

One of the best places to check first is any place in your home that can be damaged by water. A survey by the American Society of Home Inspectors found that 40% of home maintenance problems are related to water. Water seeping into the basement or crawlspace, leaks from neglected washer and dishwasher hoses, and leaking pipes can leave you wet and poor.

Pay attention to the following items in your home regularly:

Water Threats
• Check for leaks from appliance hoses (washer and dishwasher), connections to the hot water heater and humidifier, outside spigots, exposed plumbing. Tighten all connections.

• After a heavy rain, check for water in attics, basements and crawlspaces. Make repairs as soon as the area is dry.

• Backed-up gutters can cause water to seep back up into the attic. The solution is simple, though: regularly remove leaves and debris from the gutter system.

Electrical System
• Check the circuit breakers about every six months.

• Check switches when lights seem to blink when the switch is touched.

• Keep wall-socket plates secure and replace broken ones.

A/C and Heating System
• Check these systems at least once a year; have them cleaned and serviced. You could save thousands in repair/replacement bills later, and improve operating efficiency thereby lowering monthly costs.

• If you have a fireplace, make sure it is professionally inspected and cleaned annually. Wood-burning fireplaces can cause creosote to build up in their chimneys–a dangerous fire hazard.

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Wilmington NC Makes Top Spot On Another List | Commercial Real Estate Top Deal Gainer in 2012

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Check out the latest release from Realtor.org and Real Capital Analytics.  The Wilmington NC real estate housing market is definately on the upswing, but add to that the Commercial Wilmington NC real estate sector.  Click on article to view.

Number 1 Top 10 Deal Gainers in 2012!

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So You Want Global Advertising When You Sell Your Home | Gotcha Covered! | Wilmington NC real estate

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 Our focus is you.  We strive to match buyers and sellers. We constantly upgrade and improve our website www.cbbaker.com to make this match a reality.  Global internet searches on our website is one way we do that. If you are selling your home, this is the latest statistics for who is searching for homes on our website for January 1 2012 – March 19 2013. These are just three of the Countries that go on our website to look for Wilmington NC real estate.  Other Countries are Australia, Mexico, India, Hong Kong, Germany, Philippines, Turkey and more. We are serious about real estate marketing and making it easier for you as a seller and a buyer.

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Is it better to replace the carpet or offer a carpeting allowance to buyers?

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Carpet Replacing the carpet to help the house sell faster is a favorite with real estate agents. And there’s a good reason. Taking a shortcut by offering a carpeting allowance doesn’t have the visual impression – or sales impact – of new carpet. Here are some guidelines to be sure the new carpet has the maximum effect:

  • Select neutral colors.
      The color should be neutral or a dull color tone to help the room look bigger. When carpeting several adjoining rooms, the same carpet should be used, if possible – again to make the house seem larger and more unified.
  • Select high quality pad.
      The pad under the carpet is important, and not a place to cut corners. A good pad is dense and resilient, and gives an expensive feel to almost any carpet. Pads come in a variety of materials including rubber, foam, felt, and jute.
  • Select fiber carefully.
      Choose a fiber that suits the area where the carpet will be installed. Carpets are made of a variety of man-made and natural fibers, and often are comprised of popular combinations of fibers. Nylon is durable and resilient, and suitable for high-traffic areas. Olefin is economical and stain-resistant, good for active families. Polyester is soft and elegant, and appropriate for a higher-style area. Wool is a warm natural fiber, luxurious and expensive.
  • Select loop to match use.
      The type of loop should depend on the use. A sheared loop like plush works in more formal areas; a continuous loop, such as Berber, is suitable for children’s play areas.
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