Gem of Vermillion Huntersville

Found a gem in the Vermillion neighborhood of Huntersville, NC! This home was built by Mattamy Homes (Floorplan: The Violet) and it has a little ...

Gem of Vermillion Huntersville

Found a gem in the Vermillion neighborhood of Huntersville, NC! This home was built by Mattamy Homes (Floorplan: The Violet) and it has a little over 3,000 heated square feet. This property is part of their “estate series.” The kitchen made me want to take a cooking class so I could buy this house and [...]

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Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade – Volunteers Needed

Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade 2013 in Uptown Charlotte Are you interested in being a volunteer? Charlotte Center City Partners is managing a volunteer project for the Novant Health Charlotte Thanksgiving Day Parade. Your help would be needed on Thanksgiving Day. Some of the positions that need to be filled are costumed walkers, marshals, balloon handlers, [...]

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Free Trip to Florida, Anyone?

Hurry up and register! Boca Raton Resort & Club and Hertz are partnering up to give away a free trip to Fort Lauderdale, FL. You can register outside Neiman Marcus in Simon SouthPark Mall and you could get four nights and a five-day car rental . . . for free! This is just one of [...]

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5 Steps to Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

Step 1: Rake away leaves and check soil pH. When else are you going to check the pH of your soil? This may help you determine if your soil is too acidic. Step 2: Aerate. This will allow your lawn to breathe. Use a garden fork or aerator to put holes in your lawn. This [...]

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Composting Makes Sense

The leaves are beginning to change colors and we all know what comes next…they begin to fall!  What do you do with them after they fall?  Rather than allowing them to pile up on your lawn, here are a few ideas to put those leaves to good use: Composting: Composting leaves is an excellent way [...]

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Which Renovations Add the Most to my Home’s Value?

Different markets value amenities differently. Adding a central air conditioner in Charlotte, NC, may add significant value, while putting one in a home located in Anchorage, Alaska might not have much impact at all. As a general rule of thumb, the most value returned from renovating a home comes in the kitchen. According to one national survey, kitchen remodels [...]

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Kids’ Corner: Bad Habits That Hurt Our Kids

Stress much? Oftentimes, stress is a trigger for arguments with our spouse, and we argue while our family serves as our audience. Arguing may make us feel better at first but horrible later. The type of negative stress our kids experience after an argument in the family has been linked to an increased risk of [...]

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How Will Your Pet Adjust to the Move?

Cardboard boxes? Check. Bubble wrap? Check. But how do you break it to your pet that you’re moving? My four-legged family member, Mushu, knows something’s up when I begin packing for a trip, so how did we make the move to a new house less stressful on her? Pets are very perceptive and they pick [...]

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Ask The Inspector: Do Condos Need Home Inspections?

Q: My HOA will take care of any repairs after I buy a condo, so do I really need a home inspection? A: Because much of the maintenance is handled by the association and paid for via fees, some people think that having an inspection of the condo prior to purchase is unnecessary, when, in [...]

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Ask The Inspector: GFCIs and AFCIs

Q: What are GFCIs and AFCIs? A: Appropriate electrical safety today means insuring that outlets are protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) and Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs). GFCIs are recommended in areas that are prone to being moist or damp. This includes kitchens, outdoor outlets and bathrooms. GFCIs are equipped with a sensor [...]

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