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Your Crystal Coast NC Home Maintenance To-Do List for March

clover-445255_960_720March is here and as we gear up for the official start of spring here on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, there are a few maintenance tasks you will want to complete around your home. From cleaning the gutters to tending to your yard and flowers, preparing for the spring season now will allow you to relax and enjoy later!

Below are four tasks for your to-do list this month:

Clean the gutters
Clogged gutters can cause major issues both inside your home and out if left unattended. Take the time to remove any debris like leaves, sticks and dirt that may have accumulated there over the past several months. After you’ve finished, flush water through to ensure all clogs are gone and water can flow through freely.

Clean your A/C exterior
Your A/C condenser, like your gutters, can become home to dirt, dust and debris if not cleaned regularly. Find the unit outside of your Crystal Coast home and spray with a garden hose to remove the debris. Be careful if pressure washing as you could bend or damage the exterior of the A/C unit.

Prune and prep your yard
If you have rose bushes in your yard, now is when you’ll want to begin pruning them for the most beautiful blooms as the season progresses. Remove sticks, branches and rocks from the yard or garden beds and if you find any dead or diseased buds on your floral bushes, remove them to avoid spreading to the others.

Clean the siding
Dirt and grime can shorten the life of your home‘s siding, not to mention dull its appearance. Use a pressure washer to quickly remove the build-up and get your home look spic and span for the spring— or potential buyers if you’re ready to sell.

March is a great month to take care of the above tasks at your North Carolina home, but also to consider selling and beginning your home search if you’re interested in moving to a new property in Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Havelock, or Newport.

Give Gena Gilbert Real Estate a call today with any questions!

Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for a Crystal Coast NC Home This Winter

traffic-cone-1027881_960_720Despite what many believe about the winter season, opportunities still abound when the temperatures dip below their usual along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast! Both sellers and buyers are constantly motivated to move, no matter the time of year, and continue to browse homes online via their smartphones, tablets or computers— even in the winter! But if you’re shopping for a home in Coastal Carolina this winter, that doesn’t mean it’s always smooth sailing. Below are a few mistakes you’ll want to watch out for along the way.

Don’t acquire too much holiday debt
Tis the season for gift giving and holiday shopping, however it’s important that you don’t get too carried away! Avoid taking out new lines of credit this time of year and racking up debt on current credit cards. If you must put your purchases on credit cards, make sure you’re careful to pay them down or off right away! Even those with good credit can drastically change their debt-to-income ratio (a factor lenders look at when determining your eligibility for a mortgage) in a short time.

Look past the winter drab
While homes do tend to show their best during the holiday season, the winter months can tend to dull typically bright greenery, flowers and landscaping. If you come across a Crystal Coast NC home with a lawn not looking its best, do look past it. It is wise to envision what the property may look like during the spring and summer to make sure you’re not skipping over a great home!

Don’t make a lowball offer
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean lowball offers are a must. In order to determine if you may be able to score a deal on a home in Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Havelock, Newport, you’ll need to consider how long the home has been on the market, its location, condition and many other factors. Remember that inventory is lower, while buyer demand remains high, so your lowball offer may be tossed right out the window.

Give Gena Gilbert Real Estate a call today if you’re ready to call Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Havelock, Newport the surrounding communities your home! We can provide more information about the current real estate market, available homes and steps to take to ensure homebuyer success!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Preparing Your Home for the Holidays in Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle NC

lights-163883_960_720We’re well into November now and the holidays are just around the corner along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. If you haven’t already, you may soon begin to jot down your holiday menus, make plans for travel and who you will host in your Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle or Morehead City home.

There is no time like now to prepare your home for the holidays and as your local real estate experts in Coastal CarolinaGena Gilbert Real Estate has provided the following four tips for planning ahead.

Check your oven
You will undoubtedly be doing a lot of cooking and baking over the next month in anticipation of the holidays, so why not check that your oven is running properly? Check behind the appliance to remove any dust or debris that could have fallen onto the cords, clean the inside racks and door with a degreasing spray, and if necessary, change the light bulb.

Create an entryway
When you welcome guests into your Crystal Coast NC home, you should have a place to corral jackets, shoes, and luggage. Create an entryway with a coat rack—or clear space in your closet—and a designated spot for shoes to sit.

Stock your guest rooms
After you take the luggage to your guest rooms, they should be properly stocked with toiletries, sheets and blankets for your holiday visitors. Take inventory of your guest rooms now and purchase extra toothbrushes and pillows, if you don’t have more to spare. Launder sheets and pillow cases, make beds and consider setting out a bouquet of fresh flowers.

Clear out the kitchen
The kitchen will be a popular place this holiday season, so now is the time to clean off countertops, storing any small appliances that currently live out in the open. You will want to create a proper work space for cooking and gathering! Make sure all mail is placed in one area, catalogs and other papers have been organized elsewhere and all of your holiday serving ware and dishes are within reach.

As always, if you have questions about buying or selling a home in Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Havelock, Newport and the surrounding areas, give Gena Gilbert Real Estate a call today!

Your Crystal Coast NC End of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

water-815475_960_720There’s no doubt about it— summer is coming to an end here on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Well, the official end of summer, that is. We may have plenty more beautiful weather in store in Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Morehead City and the surrounding areas, but that doesn’t mean your home doesn’t need a little extra attention before fall begins.

Gena Gilbert Real Estate is happy to share a few of the many ways you can make sure your Crystal Coast NC home is in shape for the end of the summer and enjoy smooth sailing as we head into the next season!

Clean your gutters
Gutters filled with debris can cause major problems if not tended to regularly. Remove any limbs, leaves, seeds and brush from your gutters and run the hose through them to confirm they can do their job. If necessary, replace any leaky spots or call a professional to assist you.

Clean and repair windows
As we head into the cooler months, you will want to know if there are any spots in your windows where air can escape. If you find gaps, a simple caulking job can do the trick, but if you find your windows in need of replacement, now is the time to do so.

Inspect and treat your deck
In beautiful Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Morehead City and the surrounding areas, you likely spend a lot of time on your deck or patio. Take the time to remove any buildup of grime or dirt on your deck, cleaning all of the boards as thoroughly as possible and applying a stain or sealant afterwards. If any boards are loose, replace them now so you can continue to enjoy the great weather!

Inspect and repair your roof
Test your roof for any soft spots that may signal future leaks and identify loose shingles that need replacing. Curling shingles are also another sign that your roof needs attention. Replace these now to avoid any major water problems when the fall and winter rains arrive.

Clean your outdoor garbage cans
A change in the seasons can bring out a variety of different animals— many of which may take an interest in your outdoor garbage cans. These animals have a strong sense of smell, so hose off your garbage can’s exterior and give the inside a deep cleaning. After all, animals around your garbage could eventually cause bigger problems in your home!

As always, do not hesitate to contact Gena Gilbert Real Estate with any questions about buying or selling a home in Coastal Carolina! We look forward to hearing from you!

End of Summer Events on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

beach-1230733_960_720With the end of August just around the corner, the summer is officially coming to an end! But that doesn’t mean the beautiful weather, fun outdoor events and laid-back Coastal Carolina vibes are disappearing along with it. North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is lucky to experience excellent temperatures and sunshine well past summer’s official close and must-visit events in Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Havelock, Newport and the surrounding communities will continue throughout the year!

As your local real estate experts, Gena Gilbert Real Estate is happy to include just a few of these events taking place this month, so you can send summer off with a bang!

Alive at Five Outdoor Concert
August 19, 2016; 5 PM to 8 PM
Jaycee Park, Morehead City NC Waterfront

This outdoor summer concert series will continue into October at the Jaycee Park on the Morehead City Waterfront! The concerts are free to attend and take place from 5 to 8 PM— this week’s band is Liquid Pleasure, followed by North Tower on September 2.

Bird Hike
August 22, 2016; 10 AM
Fort Macon Visitor Center, Atlantic Beach NC

Embark on a morning hike from the Fort Macon Visitor Center to explore which birds are native to the area.

Summer Taste of Core Sound
August 26, 2016; 1 PM to 2 PM
1785 Island Road, Harkers Island NC

The Summer Taste of Core Sound will include a full, local seafood dinner complete with silent auction, raffle and live entertainment. This event is a great way to celebrate the local seafood of the area and how you can prepare it at home!

Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival
August 27, 2016; 11 AM to 5:30 PM
Emerald Isle NC

The Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival returns! It has been 17 years since the last time this festival was held in Emerald Isle, so you won’t want to miss the great lineup in store! Performers include Sammy O’Banion, Spare Change, Hip Pocket, Too Much Sylvia, The Tams and Jim Quick & the Coastline.

Questions about how you can call North Carolina’s Crystal Coast your home? Give Gena Gilbert Real Estate a call today!

Fourth of July Events on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

sparkler-1149641_960_720It’s that time of year again! The Fourth of July is already next weekend and if you’re planning a firework-filled weekend, you can count on Gena Gilbert Real Estate to fill you in on all of the special events on the Crystal Coast! Below is just a sampling of the Independence Day celebrations planned for Coastal Carolina so you can start your long, holiday weekend off with a bang!

Alive at Five Outdoor Concert, July 1, 2016; Jaycee Park on the Morehead City Waterfront, 5 PM to 8 PM. This FREE outdoor concert series features various bands and musical genres all summer long! On July 1, Punch will be performing from 5 PM to 8 PM.

Carteret County Arts and Crafts Coalition Summer Show, July 2-3, 2016; Grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site at 100 Turner Street in Beaufort NC, 10 AM to 5 PM Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM Sunday. This outdoor arts and craft show only takes place three weekend a year— one of them being Fourth of July weekend! Browse the work of Coastal craftsman and artists and enjoy the summer weather.

Musket Firing Demonstration, July 2-3, 2016; 2303 Fort Macon Road in Atlantic Beach NC, 11 AM and 3 PM. What better way to spend the Fourth of July weekend than a musket firing demonstration, noting the Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.

Atlantic Beach Independence Day Weekend Fireworks, July 3, 2016; the Circle in Atlantic Beach NC, 9 PM.

Beaufort July 4th ParadeJuly 4, 2016; Begins on the corner of Gordon and Front Streets, 11 AM. This Beaufort tradition will begin along the waterfront at 11 AM, including pets, wagons, flags, music and more!

Beaufort July 4th FireworksJuly 4, 2016; Grounds at Gallant’s Channel, 6 PM. Enjoy live music, hot dogs and other refreshments at this Fourth of July celebration!

Bogue Inlet Pier FireworksJuly 4, 2016; Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle NC, 9 PM. Starting at 9 PM on July 4, the Bogue Inlet Pier fireworks will begin! They will be visible from Bogue Sound as well as the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.


 

Contact Gena Gilbert Real Estate will any questions about the Coastal Carolina real estate market, home buying or home selling! We look forward to hearing from you!

May Events on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast!

last-summer-1564021Spring has arrived, but summer is just around the corner! North Carolina’s Crystal Coast offers dozens of fun-filled activities and events this time of year, from music festivals to golf tournaments to boat shows and beyond. Now is the time to get out and explore everything that our local communities have to offer here in Coastal Carolina and we have included a few of them for you below!

You will want to mark your calendars for the following events on the beautiful Crystal Coast:

1st Annual Beach Keepers Event – May 13, 2016, 7:30 AM; 612 Front Street, Beaufort NC. Help keep the Crystal Coast litter-free with this beach clean-up event on Shackleford Banks!

Friday Free Flicks May 13, 2016, 9 PM; 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle NC. These family-oriented movies are free and open to the public. Chairs and blankets are encouraged.

6th Annual Crystal Coast Run/Walk for Autism – May 14, 2016; 500 Front Street, Beaufort NC. Proceeds from this event will fund the local programs of the Autism Society of North Carolina. Participants can join in the 5K competitive race, awareness walk or kids dash.

Bogue Banks Kiteboarding Festival – May 17-22, 2016; Atlantic Beach NC. Along Bogue Banks on the Crystal Coast, this festival is open to both experts and beginners alike!

28th Annual Beaufort Music Festival – May 20-21, 2016; Beaufort NC. The festival will be held downtown Beaufort, is free to attend, and will feature a variety of North Carolina bands.

9th Annual Crystal Coast Boat Show – May 21-22, 2016; Morehead City Waterfront. This event attracts thousands to Morehead City NC every year with in-water and on-shore boats, vendors, vintage car show, as well as the ARTrageous Art Event.

Alive at Five Outdoor Concert Series – May 27, 2016; Morehead City NC. This is the first of a free, summer-long concert series at the Jaycee Park on the Morehead City Waterfront from 5 to 8 PM.

If you are new to the Crystal Coast NC or are simply looking for more ways to enjoy the area, Gena Gilbert Real Estate can be your guide! Give us a call today!

What to Do This Summer on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

sunset-beach-north-carolina-1-702561-mIt’s no secret that North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is an idyllic locale for many year-round homeowners, visitors from neighboring communities, tourists and vacation home dwellers. Known not just for its beautiful scenery and weather, Coastal Carolina is also home to some excellent events in the summer months.

If you’re looking forward to getting out and exploring this season just like we are, below are just a few events that you can add to your calendar:

Morehead City Baseball Games
Big Rock Stadium
Morehead City, NC

What says summer more than baseball? The Morehead City Marlins are a collegiate baseball team that will be playing their home games all summer long at O’Neal Field at Big Rock Stadium in Morehead City. Head out to the park for a day of fun!

Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard the Crystal Coast Lady
The Boathouse at Front Street Village
Beaufort, NC

Crystal Coast Lady Cruises and the Boathouse at Front Street Village are teaming up this summer— every Wednesday night through August. The Crystal Coast Lady will depart from the dock at 7 PM, serving “Italian Night” aboard the ship, stopping at the Boathouse for a free wine tasting and return to the dock at 9:30 PM.

Concert Series at Fort Macon
Atlantic Beach, NC

One of the Crystal Coast‘s most beloved events in the summer, this concert series carries on from May through August and includes pop, bluegrass, Cajun, orchestra and Civil War era music. Each concert begins at 7 PM and ends at 8 PM.

55th Annual Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour
100 Turner Street
Beaufort, NC

From 10 AM to 5 PM on June 26 and 27th, 2015, the annual walking tour of private historic homes, gardens churches and historic places kicks off. Beaufort Historic Site buildings, the Old Burying Ground, narrated bus tours of the historic district, concerts and an antique car show are just a few highlights of this event now in its 55th year.

There is much to love about Coastal Carolina and with these events, you can experience a little piece of it! We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the communities of Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Havelock and Newport (to name a few!)— just give us a call!