Coastwalk Real Estate Blog

 

May 27, 2017

Prevent Water Leaks

Did you know it’s not uncommon for more than 20% of homes to have one unidentified water leak? Sometimes these leaks go on for years, completely unnoticed because home owners inherit small leaks, assuming their water bill is normal. Other times, small water leaks are overlooked because owners assume the overall impact to their utilities is relatively small. But the truth is small leaks can add up hugely over time. Periodic inspection for leaks can help plug this problem at the source. Here are some ways to identify and address typical leaks:

 

1. Track your water bill over time. Most water bills will show your history for several months, if not year-over-year. While there are seasonal reasons for higher water use, especially if you water a lawn or garden, look for unexpected spikes. Yes, something as seemingly innocuous as a running toilet can turn into a big contributor, especially if it’s running 24/7. If the bill spikes, start hunting.

 

2. Listen for the running toilet. You may be so used to hearing a toilet run that it has virtually faded into the background. On the other hand, you may have a running toilet in a guest bathroom you scarcely use. Flush the toilet and time how long it takes to stop. If you find it running for minutes on end, you may have a problem. Open the toilet tank and take a look inside. If the water level is too high (more than 1-inch above the overflow tube), or the flapper isn’t getting a good seal, a repair is in order. You can also test for slow leaks into the bowl by dropping some food coloring into the tank. Drop it in and wait 15 - 20 minutes without flushing. If the color appears in the bowl, you have an issue.

 

3. Inspect shower heads and faucets. Sometimes the connection to the shower head will send water spraying in unintentional directions, contributing to an overall loss of water. You may need to replace the O-ring, soak the head in vinegar to remove minerals, or simply replace the head completely. With faucets, it’s important to look at the source pipes, sometimes they may only leak when the water is running. Look for dampness in those darkened places. Plugging these leaks can also prevent mold buildup.

 

4. Tune-up your irrigation system. Irrigation systems which haven’t aged well or have been damaged by lawn maintenance can be the most insidious leaks of all. Busted sprinkler heads or constantly leaking supply lines can sap your systems efficiency and boost the bill. When the system is running, look for spraying valves and find ways to eliminate overspray onto concrete. A rain sensor is also a great way to make sure you’re not watering your lawn while it’s raining.

 

Fixing leaks is a must-do before you list your home. But when you’re ready to list, give me a call!, my cell is 910-352-0998, or email justin@coastwalkrealestate.com.

 

Thanks a ton and have a terrific week!

 

Your Weekly Real Estate Report is provided by Justin Donaton of Coastwalk Real Estate. Any data provided, unless otherwise noted, is courtesy of the Wilmington Association of REALTORS MLS and/or the National Association of REALTORS.

 

 

Justin does not just "list" properties, he sells them! To get your home SOLD for the highest possible price, call Justin at 910-352-0998. Justin has been the TOP SELLING real estate agent on Pleasure Island since 2007. He has the highest dollar volume of sales, and has had the most number of closings. His business is built on hard work and high-impact marketing. Coastwalk Real Estate is also a TOP SELLING real estate firm in Carolina & Kure Beach. Please visit:  www.CoastwalkRealEstate.com for more info.

May 27, 2017

Wilmington Air Quality

Maintaining indoor air quality is an extremely important but often overlooked component of a living happily in your home. By and large it’s an invisible problem, but the costs can really add up— from high energy bills to creeping health issues.

 

Many homes have become so energy efficient that they’re also good at trapping dust and other pollutants. Appropriate ventilation is an important aspect of indoor air quality. This includes venting bathrooms, kitchens, and fireplaces directly outside. It’s also vital to try and store industrial chemicals such as pesticides, paints, and harsh cleaners outside of the habitable areas of the home.

 

Alarms are also a useful way to keep an eye on what you’re breathing. Smoke alarms are a must for home safety, but carbon monoxide alarms are also key to keeping a silent killer at bay. Finally, periodic radon testing is a good idea. Radon, a radioactive gas, is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. It is a known contributor to lung cancer. You can only know how much is in your home by testing.

 

Of course, one of the most neglected home maintenance chores is regular replacement of air filters. This is surprising, given that changing the filters is typically among the easiest tasks a homeowner can do. What’s more, the simple act of replacing filters increases HVAC efficiency, extends the life of your heating and cooling system, and also lowers energy bills.

 

The problem’s not the complexity of the task, it’s often remembering to do it. One company hopes to solve this problem and save homeowners time and money.

 

FilterEasy delivers air filters when it’s time to change them. The process is pretty straightforward: First, you select the number of filters for your home. Next, you compile the sizes and choose your filter “grade,” either light allergen, micro allergen, or super allergen.

 

You can check FilterEasy out online:

https://www.filtereasy.com/

 

If you’d like to breathe a little easier in your home, follow up with these minor home maintenance tasks and inexpensive tools. High air quality is also an excellent selling quality for you home! If you’re thinking about listing soon, get in touch with me today:

 

Cell: 910-352-0998, or email justin@coastwalkrealestate.com

 

Your Weekly Real Estate Report is provided by Justin Donaton of Coastwalk Real Estate. Any data provided, unless otherwise noted, is courtesy of the Wilmington Association of REALTORS MLS and/or the National Association of REALTORS.

 

Justin does not just "list" properties, he sells them! To get your home SOLD for the highest possible price, call Justin at 910-352-0998. Justin has been the TOP SELLING real estate agent on Pleasure Island since 2007. He has the highest dollar volume of sales, and has had the most number of closings. His business is built on hard work and high-impact marketing. Coastwalk Real Estate is also a TOP SELLING real estate firm in Carolina & Kure Beach. Please visit:  www.CoastwalkRealEstate.com for more info.

 

 

 

May 27, 2017

Baby Boomers WIlmington NC

The market remains strong in Carolina & Kure Beach. Buyers are purchasing primary homes, second homes and future retirement properties.

 

This week I wanted to focus on Baby Boomers, which are a large segment of the buying population at this  time.

 

Baby Boomers all over are downsizing to properties where they can age in place. Often these buyers are well-qualified, meaning they have no problem getting a mortgage or they may not even need one. (An all-cash buyer can truly speed along the closing process!)

 

So how do you make your listing more appealing to Boomer buyers? Here are some tips for giving your home an edge:

 

1. Market the low-maintenance aspects of your home. Small yard? No yard? Stain-resistant countertops (like quartz)? The last thing your Boomer buyers want are long weekend to-do lists full of maintenance chores they would rather not hassle with or pay someone else to do. If there’s any way you can make your home easier to maintain, consider doing it as part of your curb appeal tune-up.

 

2. Lighten it up and brighten it up. It’s a fact of life: The older you get, the more you need brighter lights to see clearly. This might mean adding lighting in places where you seldom think about it, such as cabinets and large drawers.

 

3. Be accessible, but not clinical. There are subtle ways to make your home more friendly to those with mobility issues. Removing thresholds, adding easy-pull drawers, and upgrading door handles are just a few ways. But whatever you do, don’t make the rooms look like nursing homes. There are tasteful design decisions you can make when embracing universal access.

 

4. Look for “single-level living.” Is there a way to present your house so the ground floor contains everything the buyers could possibly need to live there? While stairs aren’t necessarily a deal-breaker, consider how often your Boomer buyers will need to use them. If you can pitch the second floor as guest space, and prove they can get along on one floor, don’t miss the opportunity to point this out.

 

Your home may be perfectly suitable for first-time buyers or small families, but don’t neglect ways to help market your property to other segments like Boomer buyers.

 

Is your home Boomer-friendly? Get in touch and let’s connect you to well-qualified buyers: My cell is  910-352-0998, or email justin@coastwalkrealestate.com 

Your Weekly Real Estate Report is provided by Justin Donaton of Coastwalk Real Estate. Any data provided, unless otherwise noted, is courtesy of the Wilmington Association of REALTORS MLS and/or the National Association of REALTORS.  

Justin does not just "list" properties, he sells them! To get your home SOLD for the highest possible price, call Justin at 910-352-0998. Justin has been the TOP SELLING real estate agent on Pleasure Island since 2007. He has the highest dollar volume of sales, and has had the most number of closings. His business is built on hard work and high-impact marketing. Coastwalk Real Estate is also a TOP SELLING real estate firm in Carolina & Kure Beach. Please visit:  www.CoastwalkRealEstate.com for more info.

 

 

 

May 27, 2017

These Affordable Design Details Sell Your Home Faster!

These Affordable Design Details Sell Your Home Faster! 

What is it about a home that catches a buyer’s eye? Why is it when two homes are comparable to one another, buyers go with the one that just “feels right”? Sometimes the difference is so small, they don’t consciously notice. Little touches can give a home a major edge in the market.

 

In fact, here are five clever design upgrades which can provide your home with that indefinable feeling that it’s of higher quality than the competition:

 

1. Light switch plate upgrades. Homeowners always overlook their own dirty, chipped, or cheap-looking switch plates. If you spend a few bucks to swap out switch plates, any room in the house will seem a tiny bit fresher. Better yet: In the bathroom and kitchen, match the color of your new switch plates to the tile. Look at the accent color in the bathroom or the backsplash in the kitchen for inspiration.

 

2. Dimmers on major rooms. Bright lights are great for showing off a home, but there’s a little sense of luxury when the overhead lights in living, dining, family, and master bedrooms are on dimmer switches. For fixtures controlled by one switch, get single pole dimmers. For those controlled by two, you’ll need 3-way dimmers.

 

3. Tasteful crown molding. For rooms without crown molding, adding this touch can really make a plain room feel high-quality. Entryways and master bedrooms are good choices if you have a limited budget, but if you want to go all out, include the other bedrooms as well. The key is adding molding which doesn’t seem ostentatious or inappropriate given the size and existing decor in the room.

 

4. Custom home address plaque. For between $50 and $100, you can have an address plaque created with the home’s number and the street name spelled out. Look online for inspiration and a design which fits your home. This is a killer upgrade and many homeowners overlook it when they’re trying to add curb appeal to their house.

 

5. New cabinet and drawer hardware. It’s astonishing how much modern handles and drawer pulls go towards rejuvenating tired or outdated storage. At a minimum, concentrate on the kitchen, but if you want to go all out, look for options to upgrade the bathroom as well.

 

You might not be able to quantify the exact return these clever upgrades will net you, but you can bet they will help your home stand out from sellers who won’t take the time to make some simple changes.

 

Are you ready to sell? Please call today at 910-352-0998, or shoot an email to justin@coastwalkrealestate.com. Thanks a ton!

 

~

 

Your Weekly Real Estate Report is provided by Justin Donaton of Coastwalk Real Estate. Any data provided, unless otherwise noted, is courtesy of the Wilmington Association of REALTORS MLS and/or the National Association of REALTORS.

 

 

Justin does not just "list" properties, he sells them! To get your home SOLD for the highest possible price, call Justin at 910-352-0998. Justin has been the TOP SELLING real estate agent on Pleasure Island since 2007. He has the highest dollar volume of sales, and has had the most number of closings. His business is built on hard work and high-impact marketing. Coastwalk Real Estate is also a TOP SELLING real estate firm in Carolina & Kure Beach. Please visit:  www.CoastwalkRealEstate.com for more info.

May 19, 2017

Office for Sale in Carolina Beach North Carolina

 

 


Business at the Beach! Office For Sale in Carolina Beach, NC

Office For Sale

Office Building
703 St Joseph St
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

General Information

Building Size (RSF): 930 SF
Gross Building Area: 5,811 SF
Sale Price: $169,000
Unit Price: $181.72 PSF
Property Use Type: Business
Usable Size (USF): 900 SF
Sale Terms: Cash to Seller
Cap Rate: Undisclosed

Property Overview

Play at the beach! For out of town business owners, this can be a nice business trip expense (please consult your CPA). Great for satellite office, or primary location. Beautiful office condo in Carolina Beach. Currently set-up with 4 private rooms which includes a conference room, plus a reception area. Steps to downtown Carolina Beach and restaurants. Unit #201 is a second floor unit with lots of windows. Offers elevator access, elevator lobby and stair access. Covered parking, lots of extra parking. Building has sprinkler system for extra security. Large marquee for your company sign in 2 locations, providing high visibility, including visibility from Lake Park Blvd. Very nice inside, move-in ready. Top-notch office space in HOT Carolina Beach, NC. Many uses possible. Could be great for insurance office, mortgage broker, accountant, consulting business or other professional services. Unit offered is #201. Alpha Mortgage is current business in Unit #202. if you need more space, Unit #100 and #300 also available (call for pricing), and offer about 2,000 square feet each/ Unit #300 has nice town and ocean views.


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Contact Information

Justin Donaton
Coastwalk Real Estate, LLC
103 S Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC
910-352-0998 [Office]
justin@coastwalkrealestate.com
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Feb. 27, 2017

Wilmington NC price per square foot

If you’ve been calculating your home’s value based on market “price per square foot” reports, you may be vastly overestimating or (worse) underestimating your home’s true value. Here’s why:

 

Price per square foot is a concept in real estate which is easy to understand and just as easy to misuse. The formula is pretty simple: To determine price per square foot, you take a price, such as sale price of a home, and divide it by the square footage of the property.

 

Price per square foot is useful in looking at broad market comparisons, such as comparing one entire metro area to another, or looking at an area’s average change over time. It is not, however, terribly accurate in figuring out the value of your home.

 

Why? Well, price per square foot fails to take into account the most important factors when pricing a home.

 

First and foremost, it makes assumptions about the home’s amenities. We all know the quality of materials used in home construction and the condition of the home’s appliances and other features can have a dramatic impact on the value of a home. A kitchen with Italian marble surfaces versus one with pressboard countertops will have completely different values. Price per square foot in a given neighborhood will blend these homes together and produce an average.

 

Second, price per square foot assumes locations are identical, but in almost any metro area there are up-and-coming neighborhoods as well as neighborhoods in decline. Price per square foot near an abandoned industrial zone will vary considerably from one near a well-established downtown district with a great walkability score.

 

Third, even the simple methodology of calculating price per square foot can be influenced by how the total number of square feet has been calculated. If one has a garage converted into a mother-in-law, and another home doesn’t, which square footage is valid? And what about home or lot size? Sometimes above or below-grade lots can influence the price per square foot as well.

 

Price per square foot is more useful in some situations where there is tremendous uniformity in the design, construction, and location, but as a tool for assessing your home’s market value, it’s flat out dangerous.

 

Want a real estimation of your home’s value in its current condition, with an assessment of features, lot size and location? I’d be happy to help. Get in touch today, and I’ll show you what goes into determining the optimal price for your home. Please call me at 910-352-0998

 

Your Weekly Real Estate Report is provided by Justin Donaton of Coastwalk Real Estate. Any data provided, unless otherwise noted, is courtesy of the Wilmington Association of REALTORS MLS and/or the National Association of REALTORS.

 

 

Justin does not just "list" properties, he sells them! To sell your home SOLD for the highest possible price, call Justin at 910-352-0998. Justin has been the TOP SELLING real estate agent on Pleasure Island since 2007 and has sales volume exceeding $100,000,000.00! His business is built on hard work and high-impact marketing. Coastwalk Real Estate is also a TOP SELLING real estate firm in Carolina & Kure Beach. Please visit:  www.CoastwalkRealEstate.com for more info.

Feb. 27, 2017

Preparing to move to Wilmington NC

Are you preparing for a move? You probably know to notify your friends and loved ones, but there turns out to be a surprising number of people and organizations who need to know about the address change. A recent article from Zillow included a comprehensive checklist which covers pretty much everyone you will need to notify:

 

1. Family and friends

2. Current employer

3. Landlord

4. Postal services

5. Utilities

6. DMV

7. Government agencies

8. The IRS

9. Financial institutions

10. Insurance companies

11. Medical and educational facilities

12. Subscription services and clubs

 

Be sure to read the article to check out advice for notifications when dealing with each of these 12 parties who need to be notified. Read all about it here: http://www.zillow.com/blog/who-to-notify-when-moving-187286/)

 

While certain companies and institutions usual have formal processes for notification of an address change, it can be a good idea to go ahead and get some inexpensive postcards printed up announcing your move.

 

If you’re looking for other superb moving tips, don’t miss out on the website Moving.Tips (http://http://moving.tips/) It contains a wealth of information on issues and questions surrounding making a move, including articles such as “Why cheaper is not necessarily better when moving house?” and “How to say goodbye to a home when moving?”

 

Moving can be stressful, but there’s a lot you can do to reduce stress and even add some much needed fun and satisfying emotional transitions to the event.

 

Thinking about a move? I can help you buy or sell your next home. Please call me at 910-352-0998, I am here to help and look forward to doing so!

 

 

Your Weekly Real Estate Report is provided by Justin Donaton of Coastwalk Real Estate. Any data provided, unless otherwise noted, is courtesy of the Wilmington Association of REALTORS MLS and/or the National Association of REALTORS.

 

 

Justin does not just "list" properties, he sells them! To sell your home SOLD for the highest possible price, call Justin at 910-352-0998. Justin has been the TOP SELLING real estate agent on Pleasure Island since 2007 and has sales volume exceeding $100,000,000.00! His business is built on hard work, customer service and high-impact marketing. Coastwalk Real Estate is also a TOP SELLING real estate firm in Carolina & Kure Beach. Please visit:  www.CoastwalkRealEstate.com for more info.

Feb. 27, 2017

2017 Real Estate Plans for Wilmington market

I have been in the business for 12 years, and this is the most fun I’ve had since I started. It’s fun to see our clients enjoying the process as well.

 

2016 turned into another record year for real estate (and for Coastwalk Real Estate).  It’s an exciting time as clients are selling their homes at prices we have not seen for the past 10 years.  At the same time we’re meeting such wonderful new friends who are moving to the island full time, or purchasing a second home at the beach!

 

We are now planning for an even greater 2017, and are working with our buyer and seller clients to make this happen!

 

We have tons of buyers looking from around North Carolina, Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and the Northeast! Also working with buyers moving from California, Texas and Florida – the beach and Wilmington is hot!

 

We have a ton of top-notch marketing including advertising on 50+ of the top websites available. We’re holding open houses, broker opens, and marketing our listings to over 50,000 agents across North Carolina. As a result, we’re finding lots of buyers for our listings.

 

Clients receive feedback reports on all showings, and a weekly email summarizing online activity and exposure.

 

The Coastwalk Moving Truck has been used by 75+ customers and clients in 2016, and the schedule is filling up quickly Clients and customers can use our truck anytime!.

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Our social media presence is as good as it gets, with tons of exposure on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn. We have incorporated aerial photography and short videos into the mix.

 

And most importantly, we’re educating buyers on the benefits of living on the Island. We provide clients with local school information (Carolina Beach Elementary is the best!), resources for community clubs and organizations, social opportunities, event schedules, outdoor activities, taxes rates, insurance rates and more!

 

In 2016, we rolled out our in-house home staging service. Our interior designer is available to help stage your home for optimal presentation. The feedback we’ve received on this is tremendous! This helps us sell more homes and for a better price! This service is available in 2017 as well.

 

In February, we’ll be rolling out the Wilmington Real Estate app, which will be one of the best real estate apps available (we think better than Zillow)! You’ll be able to follow new listings, homes for sale in your neighborhood, and track properties that have recently sold, those that have gone pending, and more!

 

While some market segments and price points are hotter than others, in general it’s a strong housing market in Carolina and Kure Beach. With low interest rates (but increasing) and relatively low inventory, we remain very optimistic for 2017.

 

I am so grateful for my clients, new and old, for allowing me to be of service. I am so grateful for the referrals they provide, as this is the cornerstone of my business.

 

I would like to close by sharing a few recent recommendations from clients whose homes I have sold over the past month or so. If you are looking for an agent in 2017, I would love the opportunity to earn your business. Please call my cell anytime at 910-352-0998!

 

Justin Donaton did a great job in selling our house on Carolina Beach. He has great local knowledge and was very helpful in getting started properly. He was responsive and very sensitive to our suggestions and requests. His experience was a big factor in a successful sale.” – Ed Altiere

 

“Justin Donaton is very professional in handling the marketing and sale of my property. He showed a keen awareness of market values as well as the current market trends. His marketing expertise was realized in his ability to match a buyer for my property. Justin listed and sold my property with in 30 days of listing. I highly recommend Justin.” – Jim Vatrt

 

Justin is the BEST in the community and local real estate market!!!! He is incredibly easy to work with and has his client's best interest at heart. He gives good advice and can be trusted to help you make good decisions. I would recommend Justin unconditionally!!!!” – Mary Deaton

 

“Justin was very responsive and easy to deal with. Property sold in 3 days. Handled everything that needed to be done in a quick and professional manner. I will use him on my next purchase or sale.” – Laird

 

Your Weekly Real Estate Report is provided by Justin Donaton of Coastwalk Real Estate. Any data provided, unless otherwise noted, is courtesy of the Wilmington Association of REALTORS MLS and/or the National Association of REALTORS.

 

 

Justin does not just "list" properties, he sells them! To get your home SOLD for the highest possible price, call Justin at 910-352-0998. Justin has been the TOP SELLING real estate agent on Pleasure Island since 2007. He has the highest dollar volume of sales, and has had the most number of closings. His business is built on hard work and high-impact marketing. Coastwalk Real Estate is also a TOP SELLING real estate firm in Carolina & Kure Beach. Please visit:  www.CoastwalkRealEstate.com for more info.

Feb. 27, 2017

Buying a home in Wilmington, North Carolina now

When you’re house hunting, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. You’re making a big investment. You want to find a place which is “just right” for you (and your family). You can even get a little addicted to touring houses, always convinced the perfect home is just about to hit the market. Sometimes inability to pull the trigger on a house can cause serious shopper’s remorse. You could miss out on a home that, in retrospect, was ideal.

 

So how do you know a home is “the one”?

 

Here are some useful ways to check your buying temperature and know when it’s time to make an offer:

 

1. The home fundamentally meets your needs. There’s plenty of compromise in home hunting, so when you find one that has the basics covered, take note.

 

2. You’d consider renovating for those luxurious little extras. Maybe the home is missing that pool you’ve always wanted, or is missing a detached workshop/garage space. Recognize when you find yourself thinking you’d be up to tackling a project to make it perfect.

 

3. You’re in love with the kitchen. Studies show we spend most of our waking hours connected to or using the kitchen. If you’re in love with the kitchen, but think the master bedroom is a little small, don’t make mistake. This could be the one.

 

4.The bathroom feels comfortable to you. Many times, other people’s bathrooms will give you the creeps. If you feel good about the bathroom, it’s a healthy sign. After all, you have to be naked in there.

 

5. You start to see your possessions in the house. If you’re thinking “ah yes, the flatscreen could go on that wall” and “wow, my bed would fit perfectly in this suite,” then you’re starting to imagine the house as your own.

 

6. The idea of someone else buying the home gives you a pit in your stomach. If you’re “sleeping on the decision” and the idea that the home is no longer an option makes you anxious, pay attention. It could be offer time.

 

So… are you ready to buy? Please give me a call  today at 910-458-9119, or shoot an email to justin@coastwalkrealestate.com. Thanks a ton.

 

Your Weekly Real Estate Report is provided by Justin Donaton of Coastwalk Real Estate. Any data provided, unless otherwise noted, is courtesy of the Wilmington Association of REALTORS MLS and/or the National Association of REALTORS.

 

Justin does not just "list" properties, he sells them! To get your home SOLD for the highest possible price, call Justin at 910-352-0998. Justin has been the TOP SELLING real estate agent on Pleasure Island since 2007. He has the highest dollar volume of sales, and has had the most number of closings. His business is built on hard work and high-impact marketing. Coastwalk Real Estate is also a TOP SELLING real estate firm in Carolina & Kure Beach. Please visit:  www.CoastwalkRealEstate.com for more info.

 

 

Feb. 27, 2017

These Affordable Design Details Sell Your Home Faster!

These Affordable Design Details Sell Your Home Faster!

 

What is it about a home that catches a buyer’s eye? Why is it when two homes are comparable to one another, buyers go with the one that just “feels right”? Sometimes the difference is so small, they don’t consciously notice. Little touches can give a home a major edge in the market.

 

In fact, here are five clever design upgrades which can provide your home with that indefinable feeling that it’s of higher quality than the competition:

 

1. Light switch plate upgrades. Homeowners always overlook their own dirty, chipped, or cheap-looking switch plates. If you spend a few bucks to swap out switch plates, any room in the house will seem a tiny bit fresher. Better yet: In the bathroom and kitchen, match the color of your new switch plates to the tile. Look at the accent color in the bathroom or the backsplash in the kitchen for inspiration.

 

2. Dimmers on major rooms. Bright lights are great for showing off a home, but there’s a little sense of luxury when the overhead lights in living, dining, family, and master bedrooms are on dimmer switches. For fixtures controlled by one switch, get single pole dimmers. For those controlled by two, you’ll need 3-way dimmers.

 

3. Tasteful crown molding. For rooms without crown molding, adding this touch can really make a plain room feel high-quality. Entryways and master bedrooms are good choices if you have a limited budget, but if you want to go all out, include the other bedrooms as well. The key is adding molding which doesn’t seem ostentatious or inappropriate given the size and existing decor in the room.

 

4. Custom home address plaque. For between $50 and $100, you can have an address plaque created with the home’s number and the street name spelled out. Look online for inspiration and a design which fits your home. This is a killer upgrade and many homeowners overlook it when they’re trying to add curb appeal to their house.

 

5. New cabinet and drawer hardware. It’s astonishing how much modern handles and drawer pulls go towards rejuvenating tired or outdated storage. At a minimum, concentrate on the kitchen, but if you want to go all out, look for options to upgrade the bathroom as well.

 

You might not be able to quantify the exact return these clever upgrades will net you, but you can bet they will help your home stand out from sellers who won’t take the time to make some simple changes.

 

Are you ready to sell? Please call today at 910-352-0998, or shoot an email to justin@coastwalkrealestate.com. Thanks a ton!

 

~

 

Your Weekly Real Estate Report is provided by Justin Donaton of Coastwalk Real Estate. Any data provided, unless otherwise noted, is courtesy of the Wilmington Association of REALTORS MLS and/or the National Association of REALTORS.

 

 

Justin does not just "list" properties, he sells them! To get your home SOLD for the highest possible price, call Justin at 910-352-0998. Justin has been the TOP SELLING real estate agent on Pleasure Island since 2007. He has the highest dollar volume of sales, and has had the most number of closings. His business is built on hard work and high-impact marketing. Coastwalk Real Estate is also a TOP SELLING real estate firm in Carolina & Kure Beach. Please visit:  www.CoastwalkRealEstate.com for more info.