The Whalen Team Real Estate Blog

July 17, 2018

Clean Out Your House with this De-cluttering Advice

Preparing your home to sell means presenting a home which is attractive to buyers. If you're going to be living in the home while it's on the market, and you're choosing not to stage it, you absolutely must go through a de-cluttering process. It can feel overwhelming at first, but I assure you the process can be broken down into manageable steps which will help your home sell potentially faster and for a better price. 

 

1. Take photos of what you're up against. You might think things look pretty good until you see your home with the unflinching eye of the camera. Photograph every room from multiple angles and you'll begin to see what buyers will see. Don't forget to snap the closets, laundry rooms, and garage.

 

2. Plan a room-by-room attack. This doesn't have to be done in a day, a weekend, or even a week. Depending on your timeline, tackle as much or as little as you can reasonably manage before burning out. If you try to do too much at one time, you're likely to start making unfortunate compromises about what stays and what goes.

 

3. Use a checklist. When you assess a room, list what needs to be done and then the order in which it makes the most sense to do it. Visualizing the process will prevent you from wasting time. For example: You may find that certain pieces of furniture can go, and if you haven't planned for help moving them out, you can get stalled.

 

4. Be ruthless. You have clothes you haven't worn in years, piles in the garage you've moved around, and shelves of unread or dispensable books. Start thinking of those "perfectly good" somethings you've been hanging onto as anchors dragging down your home's appeal.

 

5. Stay motivated. Tell yourself: Less is more. Remind yourself: Every box that goes to Goodwill is a box you won't have to lift, relocate, and unpack on moving day. This is an opportunity to refresh your life!

 

6. Pile it up. Sort things into "give away," "throw away," and "sell." Some things can go to friends, others can go to charity. Keep in mind the real market value of items if you plan on selling them online (they're probably worth less than you think). Some you can unload curbside, other items may be destined for freecycle.org, Craigslist.org, or a local junk pick-up service.

 

If you need someone who can see your home with a buyer's eyes, don't hesitate to invite our team over. We'd be happy to provide you with a fresh perspective on your de-cluttering mission. Get in touch with Sandy Beals today!!

  Guest Blogger..........Sandy Beals, Client Development for the Whalen Team

April 2, 2018

Road Trip from Southport to Calabash, NC.....Part 2

Are You Ready to Continue Your Trip? 

Let's Head to Oak Island

 

Now that we have explored Southport, it's time to take a short ride to Oak Island.Oak Island Beach

Oak Island is a favorite destination for vacationers and residents. In the Spring the streets are in bloom with our beautiful Bradford Pear trees.  On the Island,  you find more than 50 public access beaches, stores, a marina and plenty of canoe and kayak launches. Homes on the island include condos, single family homes, waterfront, water view or homes just a few blocks back from the beach. 

Bradford Pear Trees NCThe live oaks will take your breath away while the inlets offer many recreational opportunities.  One of the most popular tourist spots is the Oak Island Lighthouse   which was built in 1858.  You can make a reservation to tour the grounds and climb the lighthouse, or just stop on your tour for a photo opportunity with family and friends before you continue on your journey.   If you plan to stay on the island during your visit you will find some condos and hotels, but mostly you will find rental cottages.  

If you started this venture in the morning, catch breakfast at the  Old Bridge Diner.   A casual lunch can be enjoyed at The Flying Fish Cafe or Pepperoni Grill At the Beach.  You probably won't stay all day to relax and have dinner at the Turtle Island Restaurant for sea food lovers but if you do....relax and enjoy some of the best seafood in the area. 

Explore Oak Island  and you will find more....this is just to get you started.

If you would like to purchase a home in this wonderful foot friendly town, please  start here to find your dream home and as  always you can Contact Me HERE.

                                                         Guest Blogger - Sandy Beals 4/2/2018

March 12, 2018

SOLD! Park Place Condo in Wilmington NC!

by The Whalen Team.

SOLD! 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condominium in the Park Place community of Wilmington, NC! Listed and SOLD IN JUST 8 DAYS by our very own Aleisha Nassef! Need to sell your Wilmington area condo or townhome? Call The Whalen Team today - we get results!

Park Place, Wilmington NC

March 10, 2018

SOLD! Beautiful Brick Home in Belvedere Extension Neighborhood, Wilmington NC!

by The Whalen Team.

**SOLD!** Beautiful 3 bedroom, 1 and a half bathroom brick home in the Belvedere Extension neighborhood of Wilmington NC! LISTED & SOLD IN JUST 11 DAYS!! Need help selling your Wilmington area home? Contact The Whalen Team TODAY - we get results!

Belvedere Extension, Wilmington NC

Feb. 26, 2018

SOLD! Beautiful Home Near Downtown Wilmington NC!

by The Whalen Team.

**SOLD!** Beautiful 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home in walkable neighborhood just minutes from Downtown Wilmington and ILM Airport! LISTED & SOLD IN JUST 9 DAYS! Need help getting your Wilmington area home sold? Call The Whalen Team TODAY - we get results!

Sold Homes Wilmington NC

Feb. 26, 2018

SOLD! Townhome in The Willows at Leland Community, Leland NC!

by The Whalen Team.

**SOLD!** Adorable 2 bedroom 2 bathroom townhome in The Willows at Leland community in Leland NC! Need help selling your Wilmington area home? Call The Whalen Team TODAY!

The Willows at Leland

Feb. 9, 2018

Have You Taken A Road Trip From Calabash, NC to Southport Yet?

By Sandy Beals.

Ready to Explore the Southeastern Coast of NC?

This blog will be a series  so check back for the next adventure often. Taking a road trip requires a nice sunny day in the Carolinas, and a camera. You can start in Calabash or Southport - your choice!

I think starting in Southport will give you the lay of the land and what's to come. Southport is a quaint little village that is so walkable. There are great restaurants along the waterway like Fishy Fish and the Provision Company

My favorite thing to do is relax by the water front on one of the swings and just watch the world go by. On the way to the waterfront its nice to stroll along the streets and look at the homes and B&Bs, porch railings with beach decor and the beautiful trees. Of course there is also the Silver Coast wine tasting room.

Those who love nature may want to take the self-guided "marsh walk." Beginning along Brunswick Avenue is where you will start this walk along a  long boardwalk and has incredible views of the Cape Fear River,

Explore and you will find more....this is just to get you started.

If you would like to purchase a home in this wonderful walkable town, please  start here to find your dream home and as  always you can Contact Me HERE.

 

Authored by our Guest Blogger and team member, Sandy Beals 2/9/2018

Jan. 26, 2018

SOLD! Home in Evergreen Park Neighborhood of Wilmington NC!

by Desiree Whalen.

SOLD! Beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 bath all-brick home in the Evergreen Park neighborhood, Masonboro area of Wilmington NC! Need help getting your Wilmington area property sold? Contact The Whalen Team today - we get results!

Evergreen Park, Wilmington NC

Jan. 25, 2018

SOLD! Picturesque Ranch Home in Belvedere Extension Neighborhood, Wilmington NC

by Desiree Whalen.

SOLD! Picturesque 3 bedroom 2 bath 1950s style ranch home in the Belvedere Extension neighborhood of Wilmington NC! LISTED & SOLD IN JUST 5 DAYS! Need help selling your home? Call The Whalen Team today - we get results!

Belvedere Extension, Wilmington NC

Jan. 18, 2018

SOLD! Gorgeous Home in Alamosa Place Neighborhood of Wilmington NC

by Desiree Whalen.

SOLD! Gorgeous 3 bedroom 2 bath home in the Alamosa Place neighborhood near Smith Creek Park in Wilmington NC! LISTED &SOLD IN JUST 5 DAYS! Need help selling your Wilmington area home? Call The Whalen Team TODAY - we get results!

Alamosa Place, Wilmington NC