HOMEWORK Design A Home Office That Really Works For You

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So you’ve read and heard about telecommuting and now you have the chance to trade in your drive to work for working at home. Or maybe you just want a place in your home where you can write the great American novel. It all starts with a home office, well planned out and well furnished.Before you head to the furniture store and plop down a week’s salary or more, do some research — on yourself. How do you work? Do you like a roomy environment, or do you like to have everything within arm’s reach? These work characteristics can make a big difference in what type of space you carve out and the style of furniture you select.

Consider your workspace. Is it a spare bedroom or part of the family room? Perhaps you can convert a little-used dining room into an office. As you look for space, consider how much furniture it can hold and don’t forget to measure the doors to ensure the furniture you select will fit through them.

Of course, you want to consider budget, too. You could spend as little as a few hundred dollars or up to several thousand. Figure-up a reasonable budget and stick to it. If your budget is tight, consider buying used furniture and equipment.

Because the desk is the hub of any office, it’s a good idea to select it first. Look for ample surface space for equipment and activity, as well as enough drawers or shelves for supplies, frequently used resources and active files.

For as little as $100, you’ll find a variety of easy-to-assemble modular desk kits made of pressed board and laminate. Or you might rather pay a couple of thousand dollars for a traditional solid-wood desk or a high-quality wood armoire with power strips already installed. Take a test drive of the best candidates at your local office-furniture supply store.

The more time you plan to spend at your desk, the better your chair should be. Look for chairs that contour to your body and give you a solid feeling of support as you labor over the desk area. Consider lumbar support, tilting and the chair’s ease of movement. And don’t forget to provide a chair or two for occasional visitors.

Storage units range from traditional wood cabinets with file folders and tabs to contemporary rolling plastic organizers. Again, select a system that offers the capacity and ease of use you need to work the way you want.

Consider how much electronic equipment you’ll need and where it should be located. Are there enough wall sockets? Does your space have more than one outlet for connecting a phone, fax machine or computer? It may be time to upgrade your Internet access by having a broadband system, such as DSL or cable, installed.

You may also want to consider a home computer network. After upgrading over the years, many families are finding themselves with several computers. For a few hundred dollars, you could put together a home network that lets the kids work and surf on one computer, puts a family-organizer system in the kitchen and leaves you alone with your own system in the office, all the while sharing system resources such as printers.

Finally, take a look at your space ergonomically. Place your computer monitor in the right place and at the proper angle to reduce neck strain. Make sure nearby windows won’t be spilling light directly across your monitor’s screen. Are your desk and chair set at the proper height to reduce arm and wrist strain when working with mouse and keyboard?

A well-structured home office can be a wonderful addition to your home and provide you with yet another selling point in the future.

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Alternate Technology Offers Better Insulation | Wilmington NC real estate

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Among a number of specialty products increasingly being used in home construction are structural insulated panels–SIPs. Used in wall construction, SIPs are fabricated from heavy, exterior-grade plywood laminated together with a foamy substance called extruded polystyrene.From outside, houses using SIPs look no different than their traditional “stick construction” counterparts. But this new technology provides:

  • Better thermal insulation than most fiberglass batting.
  • An airtight seal with fewer seams than house wrap.
  • A structure twice as sturdy as conventional 2-by-4 lumber frame construction.
  • Resistance to fire and insects.
  • Better insulation from noise pollution than traditional construction.

In addition, SIPs are made of recycled wood, so they are environmentally friendly. If you’re wondering whether they really provide better insulation, consider that SIPs are the main building material at the South Pole, according to the Structural Insulated Panel Association. The industry claims 60,000 structures are built using SIPs annually. Perhaps this new technology will find a place in a home addition you may be planning.

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The Secret to Our Open House Success | Wilmington NC real estate

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The Secret to Our Open House Success


In today’s real estate environment in Wilmington, NC, more than ever, open houses are an effective marketing strategy. But, just to advertise the home in the Sunday paper and post a sign is not enough. An effective marketing campaign for open houses will prove to be a very successful open house and hopefully bring buyers to the table.

Our Open House Marketing Strategy

Stage and landscape should begin 7-10 days prior to the open house. Sellers need to understand the importance of curb appeal and presentation. Some nice fresh flowers in the kitchen, potted plants on the front porch, fresh baked cookies  are all enhancements for an open house.

Place strategic open house signs  5-7 days before the open house stating the day and time of the open house. I have found this creates a lot of interest even before the open house.

Direct mail pieces to the neighborhood and adjoining neighborhoods to let everyone know. Neighbors will call their friends to tell them about the open house.

Marketing blitz to top Realtors to let them know to send their clients over to view this home.

Place open house banners on all the websites available days ahead of time. Buyers will see this online and start planning to attend and sometimes they even make an appt to see the home in advance.

Advertise in the newspaper days ahead and of course, post an ad for the day of the open house.

We always have comparable sales information to present at the open house.

Remove brochures from the brochure box out front and bring them inside. This will entice the buyers to come in rather than taking a flyer and driving away.

You can always check out our open houses on our website at cbbaker.com and the numerous other websites that we promote our listings on.

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Wilmington NC Waterfront / View Real Estate from $83,900

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A Rental Machine $$ $14,473 in 2012! Top Floor Building 8 well maintained unit. Includes two Frigidaire AC Units, one in the master bedroom and in the living area purchased in 2012. New sofa…

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A fabulous find! Just 45 minutes from Wilmington, tucked away at Clear Run on the Black River. This sportsman retreat offers 4 bedrooms / 3 baths, fireplace, 2 kitchens and a wonderful…

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Beautiful waterfront lot with mature trees and landscaping. This property has been cared for and enjoyed for many years. It features a boat dock where you can fish or crab or park your Jon…

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Adorable 3 Bedroom Brick home situated on almost an acre of land on sturgeon creek. This home has recently been painted, refinished hardwood floors, new screened in porch among many more…

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Fisherman’s paradise. This waterfront canal 3 bedroom 2 bath home has 2 boat lifts (one covered)and boat dock just minutes from the ICW. In just a few more minutes you can be in the Atlantic…

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Great 2nd row – tidal creek townhome. Views of the ocean and sound. Beach access across street. Fully furnished. New kitchen cabinets, granite, dishwasher, stove. Wood floors in living, dining…

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Welcome to Hewelett’s Creek and marsh front living in Sawgrass. Sawgrass is in the Parsley Elementary School district and has community pool, tennis, clubhouse and exercise room. This 1,560…

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Home located on marsh in Surf City. Property has a dock with small flat bottom boat or kayak access, that leads to deep water. Home has 3 bedrooms and 3 baths, with fireplace, tile, Bamboo…

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Great Community on Bay Tree Lake, wonderful home on canal for relaxing mornings and afternoons. This home has three spacious bedrooms, large eat in kitchen, great Carolina room that overlooks…

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