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Tips to Painting Your Home Exterior

Not only is the right paint color important, there are a few other things to keep in mind in order to make this event problem free!

  1. Consider the Weather - It is very important to know what mother nature has planned as you want to pick a dry time of the year to paint your home. Ideally, there will be little to no rain and the humidity will be low so the paint can have time to stick and dry to the surface.
  2. Quality vs. Price - While it might seem like a good idea to choose the less expensive paint option, that isn't always the right thing to do. The type of exterior paint you choose determines how it will look, what type of coverage you get, and when the next time your house requires a new paint job. 10/10 recommend getting a better quality paint that will pay off in the long-run for sure! 
  3. Primer - Before you start putting your perfect color on your home, always always always apply a good coat of primer. You might want to look into purchasing a combined paint and primer in one that way you don't need to worry about the extra hassle. 
  4. Top to Bottom - We all know gravity will get the best of people sometimes but in order for it to not affect your paint job negatively, start at the top and work your way down. This will help limit the streaks in your paint and put you in a much better position to correct the mishaps as you go along!
  5. Ground Coverage - If you are choosing to take painting your home into your own hands, it is best to do it with little to no clean up. You might not have thought about this, but painting gets pretty messy, even outside. Before you start your process, move your outdoor furniture, grills, hoses, and be sure to cover up the ground and any surrounding bushes and plants. 

Budget Friendly Halloween Decorations

With Halloween right around the corner, you definitely don't want to break the bank too soon into the upcoming holiday season. Here are a few DIY ideas sure to grab your neighbors' attention. 

1. Flying Ghosts

Inexpensive little ghosts can be made from blown up white balloons with black duct tape faces. Drape with gauze fabric and you have the perfect decoration for your front porch or outdoor trees.

2. Eyeball Wreath

Looking for a spooky yet cute wreath for out front? Wrap a black boa around a cheap wreath and attach bloodshot eyeballs found in every Halloween section. Still feel like it needs a final touch? Add a black bow to the bottom to give it that extra pizzaz.

3. Bloody Footprints

All you need for this idea is red, washable paint, and an eager volunteer! Simply step barefoot into the pant and carefully walk, as to not drip or drag your feet. Create a scary trail to your front door or maybe a spooky skeleton in the corner. Make sure you bring the paint with you in case you need to re-dip your feet during your "travels." (Pro tip: place a towel at your destination for easier cleanup!) 

4. Punny Tombstones

If you've thought about a graveyard feature, consider making tombstones out of plywood, spray painting them a dingy grey, and adding some "punny" names. Here are some great headstone ideas:

  • Emma Goner
  • Wee G. Bord
  • Al B. Bach
  • Dee Cayen
  • Izzy Deadyet
  • Yul B. Next
  • Cross Dover
  • Ira Gret/Nora Grets
  • Barry DaLive

5. Pumpkin Bonfire

Want the look of a bonfire without having to watch the flames all night? Simply place some battery operated candles into any pre-cut, fake pumpkin. Stack the pumpkins into a pyramid-like shape, border with wooden logs, and voila! 

 

Open House!

Visit our Open House this Sunday

Bring Your Buyers; to 916 Heritage Green Drive in Heritage of Wake Forest Subdivision, Wake Forest, NC will be open to the public!  Check out www.916HeritageGreens.com to get a preview of this home in a Prime Location. Stop by on Sunday, September 24th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and see this beautiful home for yourself. $345,000,2,895 Square Feet, 3bd/2.5ba.  Call Mike Montpetit at 919-614-9100 for a personal tour.

Tips to Save Up for a Down Payment

The average down payment is roughly 6% and although sometimes less, many home-buyers wonder how they are going to come up with that cost. There are some simple things everyone can do to start saving up. 

Happy Labor Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From everyone here at Town & Country Realty, Inc., we want to wish you a safe and happy 2017 Labor Day!

Labor Day started as a part of the labor union movement, to recognize the contributions of men and women in the US workforce; however, now, it is mostly seen as a chance to celebrate the last weekend of summer.

Did you know?:

  1. The first celebrated US Labor Day was on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union.
  2. 10,000 workers marched from City Hall all the way to 42nd Street and then met with their families in Wendel’s Elm Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches.
  3. Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a legal holiday in 1887.
  4. The decision to make Labor Day the first Monday of September was approved on June 28, 1894.
  5. Americans worked 12-hour days seven days a week during the 19th century!
  6. The Adamson Act was passed on September 3, 1916, to establish an eight-hour work day.

Planning on throwing a Labor Day/End-of-Summer party? We have the perfect recipes for you!

  1. Pimento-Jalapeno Cheeseburgers
  2. Sweet-and-Sour Grilled Chicken Skewers
  3. Party Shrimp
  4. Grilled Ranch Potatoes
  5. Cheddar Bacon Ranch Corn
  6. Giant Chipwich Cake
  7. Banana Split Kabobs

Safe travels and Happy Holiday! 

Heat-Proof Annuals

Here are 12 annuals guaranteed to be heat-proof! These beautiful flowers are a great addition to any yard as they will continue to give you that gorgeous look all through the extra sunny days. 

  1. Blue Print Scaevola
  2. Aztec Sunset Mexican Zinnia
  3. Luscious Lantana
  4. Purple Flash Ornamental Pepper
  5. Raspberry Blast Supertunia
  6. Serenita Mix Angelonia
  7. Sun Patiens
  8. Flambe Chrysocephalum
  9. Dragon Wing Red Begonia
  10. Fireworks Gomphrena
  11. Duet Rose 'n Yellow Moss Rose
  12. Snow Princess Sweet Alyssum

To ensure that they last throughout the summer, consider trimming any of your petunias that look like stragglers, reduce plant height, harvest flowers, use half-hoops to support a clump of plants, use steaks to support single stems, and always be on the lookout for powdery mildew. While these plants may be able to withstand the scorching sun, also make sure to keep them well-fed and watered. 

Moving Checklist

We know moving into a new home is a major ordeal. It's a big job, but the earlier you start getting everything organized, the easier the transition will actually be. You may need to do a little bit of editing depending on your situation, but we have compiled a general schedule that should help you get the ball rolling. 

 

8 Weeks Before

☐ Call moving companies for estimates.
☐ Throw out any unnecessary possessions.
☐ Start compiling an inventory of your possessions.
☐ Get a floor plan (with room dimensions) of your new home to help you decide which furnishings you want to keep and which room they will go in.
☐ Start a file of moving-related papers and receipts.
☐ Locate schools, healthcare professionals and hospitals in your new location.
☐ Arrange to transfer your children’s school records and family medical records.

 

6 Weeks Before
☐ Choose a mover and sign contract.
☐ Contact your homeowner’s insurance agent about coverage for moving and secure more, if necessary.
☐ Contact insurance companies (auto, homeowner’s, medical, and life) to arrange for coverage in your new home.

 

4 Weeks Before
☐ Create a file of important papers, such as auto license, registration documents, and title; any medical, dental and school records; birth certificates; wills, deeds, stock certificates, and other financial documents.
☐ Notify the following of your change of address:
☐ Post office
☐ Banks
☐ Credit card companies
☐ Relatives and friends
☐ Insurance agent, lawyer, tax/financial advisor
☐ Magazine subscriptions
☐ Notify utility companies of date to discontinue/transfer service and/or establish service at your new home. Also arrange for final readings and bills, including refunds on prepaid services. (Electric, Heating, Internet Service, Natural Gas, Telephone, Television, Trash Collection, Water, etc.)
☐ Notify your state’s department of motor vehicles of your new address.
☐ If moving from an apartment, arrange for refund of your security deposit.
☐ Discontinue additional home services (housekeeper, gardener/lawn service, snow removal, and pool cleaner), if applicable.
☐ Start using up things you can’t move, such as perishables.

 

3 Weeks Before
☐ Make travel plans, if necessary.
☐ Make arrangements with condo or homeowner’s association to reserve elevator usage time if moving into or out of a high-rise building.
☐ Arrange to close existing bank accounts and open new accounts in new area.
☐ Arrange for child care on moving day.

 

2 Weeks Before 
☐ Arrange special transport for your pets and plants.
☐ Contact your moving company and review arrangements for your move.

 

1 Week Before
☐ Pack moving-essential boxes—important documents, travel clothes, personal items and prescription medications.

 

2–3 Days Before
☐Confirm all final arrangements with your mover and other service providers.

Beware of Dog

Everyone knows that dog is man's best friend and we all want to keep our four-legged friend as happy and healthy as can be. Roaming around in the backyard is always one of their favorite activities, but before you open the door and let your pooch galavant happily, there are a few things you need to make sure you are on top of. 

Whether your dog is the most laid-back creature who strictly goes outside to lay in the sun for hours, or they run laps through the mud and mulch with a large chunk of leaves in their mouth, these suggestions are not to be taken lightly. What you plant in your yard along with what you spray are equally important.

Some plants, indigenous and popular to your region, are very unhealthy for your animal if they digest it. The ASPCA has compiled a lit of toxic and non-toxic plants at https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants. Although daffodils and daisies make a great arrangement in your kitchen or bathroom, consider planting basil, lilies, or roses in your yard just to be on the safe side. 

A lot of insecticides have the potential to sicken dogs. Most insecticides these days say they "get rid of pests - not pets;" however, it is best to use these with caution. 

Your furry friend's yard should include shade and be free of hazardous garden tools as well. Give little Benji his dream home by making sure he has a safe place to wander. 

 

 

Duke Energy Summer Tips

Here are some tips from Duke Energy to help you save energy and money during these summer months! 

It's getting hot, hot, hot...outside. Save inside with our summer energy tips.

Open House!

Visit Our Open House This Sunday!

                                                           

Bring Your Buyers, to 124 Fairwood Drive, Morrisville, NC will be open to the public!  Check out www.124Fairwood.com to get a preview of this luxurious Home in a Prime Location. Stop by on Sunday, July 30th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm EST and see this gorgeous home for yourself. $350,000, 2,231 Square Feet, 4bd/2.5ba.  Call Mike Montpetit at 919-614-9100 for a personal tour.

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