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Researching The Area

Knowing about the area you're considering laying your roots in is extremely important not only to you as a buyer, but to you as a potential future seller. Some things you might want to consider when purchasing a home include, but are by no means limited to: 

Crime Rates

Crime rates in the United States vary depending on the state and city.  Some states may be considered highly safe in terms of crime, however other areas, such as Anchorage, Alaska, are considered to be the most dangerous in the nation.

When thinking about crimes, many may jump to violent crimes committed against others, however, more than 1 million burglaries are committed each year, about 3,300 per day. High-crime areas pose not only a physical threat but also poses a threat to your property.

Ease of Access

For those not wanting to be in rural areas, ensuring the accessibility of a property to places such as the grocery store, pharmacy, or other locations plays a key factor in every homebuyer's ultimate decision.  Three things to consider, include bikeability, walkability, and drivability. 

Bikeability is very important when considering purchasing a home as this can increase the resale value of the home if you resell the home to an avid biker or someone wanting to decrease their carbon emissions!

Walkability is determined by a home's location to its surrounding developments. For example, homes that are within a couple of miles of major development, shopping center, etc. are considered to have a good walkability score. 

Drivability is essentially how drivable a home is from the surrounding developments. For people that may reside in a rural area, drivability may be much lower than say those who reside in an urban area. 

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Calculate Costs & Plan Ahead

Prior to purchasing your home, it is vital to calculate all of your potential fees going through this process. Nothing is worse than having unwanted or hidden fees sneak up on you at the wrong time! That's why we suggest that buyers should always be prepared, if not overprepared, for such circumstances. 

Some fees you will be required to cover:

  • You should expect to cover closing costs, which can range anywhere from 2 to 5% of your loan amount. 
  • In order to get an estimated value of the home you're looking to purchase, you will need to get an appraisal. An appraisal is needed for lenders to determine your loan-to-value ratio. Of course, there are fees associated with getting an appraisal, which can range anywhere from the low hundreds to $1,000.

  • Many lenders can require that you get a home inspection on the property. A home inspection can range anywhere from $300-$500, depending on the area you live in. Getting the property inspected prior to purchasing is not only a good idea on the lender's behalf, but it also reinforces you, as the buyer, that your big-time investment is structurally sound. 

Many homebuyers make the mistake of not acquiring a home inspection prior to purchasing, which is a choice that they typically end up regretting later.  For example, some of the most common problems witnessed by home inspectors are with the property's drainage, roofing, and foundation. Such issues could end...

Applying for a Mortgage Loan Pre-Approval

As a buyer, it is paramount that you get preapproved for a loan as this shows sellers that you are a reliable candidate. Being preapproved means that you have the buying power to make an offer on your potential new home. Preapprovals allow for you to make an offer, go under contract, and begin the underwriting process.

Prior to applying for preapproval, there are some things you should do to ensure you will get preapproved with no hiccups. 

1. Check your credit score. You will have a high chance of receiving preapproval, as well as a substantial loan if you have a credit score above 620. However, if you have a score of 740 or above, you will qualify for some of the best mortgage rates available!

Need to rebuild your credit prior to preapproving? Some things you can do to help build back some of your credit scores involve paying all of your bills on time, getting a secured credit card that you pay your balance in full monthly, using a credit repair specialist, and limiting your credit usage.

2. Calculate your DTI, debt-to-income ratio. It's important to determine your monthly debt to monthly income so you can better establish the type of loan you can afford. To do this, divide your monthly debt costs, by your monthly gross income amounts. Having a good DTI below 35% will help you secure a better rate and allow for you to get through underwriting.

3. Ensure you are financially stable and have a steady employment history. Having a reliable income shows lenders that you are a reliable candidate, thus allowing them more flexibility when it comes to the loans they can offer you!

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Applying for a Mortgage Loan Pre-Approval

As a buyer, it is paramount that you get preapproved for a loan as this shows sellers that you are a reliable candidate. Being preapproved means that you have the buying power to make an offer on your potential new home. Preapprovals allow for you to make an offer, go under contract, and begin the underwriting process.

Prior to applying for preapproval, there are some things you should do to ensure you will get preapproved with no hiccups. 

1. Check your credit score. You will have a high chance of receiving preapproval, as well as a substantial loan if you have a credit score above 620. However, if you have a score of 740 or above, you will qualify for some of the best mortgage rates available!

Need to rebuild your credit prior to preapproving? Some things you can do to help build back some of your credit scores involve paying all of your bills on time, getting a secured credit card that you pay your balance in full monthly, using a credit repair specialist, and limiting your credit usage.

2. Calculate your DTI, debt-to-income ratio. It's important to determine your monthly debt to monthly income so you can better establish the type of loan you can afford. To do this, divide your monthly debt costs, by your monthly gross income amounts. Having a good DTI below 35% will help you secure a better rate and allow for you to get through underwriting.

3. Ensure you are financially stable and have a steady employment history. Having a reliable income shows lenders that you are a reliable candidate, thus allowing them more flexibility when it comes to the loans they can offer you!

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Enjoy Charlotte's Holiday Season

The holidays are always full of fun festivities for those of all ages. Charlotte is no exception to this annual occurrence. Each year, Charlotte and the surrounding areas host a variety of different events centered around celebrating the holiday season.

In this article, we're going to discuss which locations around the Queen City have the hottest events and activities this season.

Visit Christmas Town U.S.A.® (aka McAdenville, NC)

Hidden within a small area of Gaston County, just west of Charlotte, NC, is McAdenville. With a population of just 689, this historic town certainly has a bigger-than-life personality when it comes to the holiday season. 

Every night until December 26th, from 5:30 PM to 10 PM, visitors are encouraged to take a drive, stroll, or jog through this popular town's holiday display! USA TODAY voted McAdenville's festive display amongst their "10 Best public holiday lights display in the Nation". 

It's a Very Speedway Christmas

Until January 16th of 2022, Charlotte's Motorspeedway will be hosting its 12th annual "Speedway Christmas". During this time, visitors can drive through the nearly 4-mile long holiday display that includes over 4 million synchronized lights. Be sure to turn on your radio as you watch the lights dance to the music!

Iceskating Around The Whitewater Center

'Tis the season to enjoy the ice! During this time of the year, the Whitewater Center in Charlotte opens its doors to those that...

Top 4 Home Improvement Tips

Home renovations can be a big and costly ordeal. Did you know that in the United States, most homes need improvements since about 80% of them are more than 20 years old? 

Likely, you will find yourself needing home renovations and improvements during your homeownership. Whether you're looking to sell your home or wish to update some outdated items in your home, these four home improvement tips are sure to suffice. 

1. Update the kitchen

Did you know that the kitchen is considered to be the most used, and the primary focal point of any home? Much of this has to do with its location, usually being in the center of the home's ground floor.

Seeing as how it is the most visited area, after some time the kitchen can appear outdated and worn-out. Updating items in your kitchen, such as cabinets, appliances, or handles, will help give your home a new look and feel. 
Updating a kitchen can cost anywhere from $500 to $4,000. This is good news for those that want to do both major and minor updates to their kitchens. 

2. Add a fresh layer of paint

Like anything else, paint tends to fade, wear, and acquire scratches/blemishes over time. Adding a fresh layer of paint can easily brighten up your home, giving it a breath of fresh air without spending a fortune! 

If you want to DIY the whole project, you can spend $100 to $300 on paint per room. However, hiring a professional to paint your home can cost anywhere from $500 to $800 per room. 

3. Update bathrooms 

Think about how many times you touch a handle in your home per day. Probably a lot, right? Now consider how many times you go into your bathroom. Maybe a few times a day,...

7 Things to Do in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh is North Carolina's state capital and one of the most visited spots in the southeast. Raleigh, NC was founded as the state capital in 1792, and 229 years later, the "City of Oaks" is still bringing in tourists from across the country. Many don't know that "Rolling Stone" actually named Raleigh as one of the top 8 rising music cities within the country!

1. Visit the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences

The NC State Museum of Natural Sciences receives over 1 million visitors annually at its 300,000 square-foot location in downtown Raleigh.  This nature-based museum is focused on integrating hands-on learning with the ecological sciences. 

2. Take a Stroll Through Pullen Park

Pullen Park originally opened in 1887, was the first public park to open within North Carolina, and is in fact the 16th oldest amusement park in the world! This park is a major tourist attraction to most visiting Raleigh, considering it is the 5th oldest amusement park in the country. 

Today, visitors can enjoy a variety of amenities including riding the carousel, renting some pedal boats, utilizing Pullen Park's Aquatic and Community Centers, as well as walking around the 66.4-acre park. 

3. Visit Raleigh's Historic Locations

Since Raleigh has been North Carolina's state capital since 1792, it's pretty much a given that this city has quite a few historic locations! Within Raleigh, you can visit areas such as the Fayetteville Street Historic District, Mordecai Historic Park, and...

Top 15 Charlotte Neighborhoods For 2021

Did you know that it's estimated that 120 people move to Charlotte every day!

Now, with the new year approaching fast, we wanted to give you our picks for which of Charlotte's neighborhoods are some of the best picks during 2021. Whether you're relocating from out of state, or you're just looking to relocate down the street, this comprehensive list will help arm you with the insight and knowledge you need to make the best decision. Here's a quick look at the top 15 Charlotte neighborhoods to consider when searching for your next home.

1. Plaza-Midwood

Found on the top of just about every neighborhood list for Charlotte, Plaza-Midwood is a vibrant spot with plenty to offer. It's not far from Uptown, making it a very popular location. In fact, Plaza-Midwood provides a small-town feel, with the hustle and bustle of the Queen City life. Average homes in this neighborhood range from $300k to upwards of $1.2 million.

In addition, the community and its residents are so friendly and inviting, you'll instantly feel right at home. Not to mention that the area's vibrant atmosphere is filled with art galleries, restaurants, as well as the Charlotte Country Club. 

2. Dilworth

Since 1891, the first streetcar suburb of Charlotte, Dilworth, has been very popular for those looking to relocate due to its deep historical roots and the abundance of activities.

The location also makes it easy to enjoy most of what Charlotte has to offer, such as local shops, unbelievably yummy restaurants, museums, art galleries, and so much more! In Dilworth, you can instantly feel the woven fabric of culture, community, and location all intertwined within this walkable...

3 Reasons You Should Move To North Carolina!

North Carolina has become one of the hottest spots for new residents!

Did you know that NC has been ranked the 9th most livable state within the country? This astounding rating is determined by the overall quality of life, cost of living, among other factors. The influx of new residents is likely due to NC's lower costs, consistently mild seasons, and overall strong economic roots.

1. Lower Costs of Living

NC's overall cost of living has been ranked at number 19 out of all 50 states, being that it is 8% less expensive than the U.S. average.

With the median U.S. home price being $369,800 as of January 2021, it is safe to say that most of the country's residents are looking to save money where ever possible on such an important purchase.  Hawaii currently has the median highest home price at $615,300, while North Carolina's home median price is tremendously lower at $202,215. 

Not to mention the fact that North Carolina is among the states with the lowest tax rates in the country!  According to online data, North Carolina collects only $974 in property tax per capita. This is substantially lower compared to the state with the highest property tax per capita, New Hampshire, at $3,307. 

2. Experience All 4 Seasons

North Carolina is located along the Southeastern Coast, right in between Virginia and South Carolina.  With mountains located throughout much of the state, North Carolina allows for the best of both worlds with its coastline pairing the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

The weather and climate in North Carolina remain consistent, with little to no extremes.

  • The Spring and Summer expose the state's true natural beauty with many heading to the 37,853 miles of rivers and 59 lakes found across the...

3 REASONS TO SELL YOUR HOME NOW!

Over the past century, home prices have maintained a steady increasing trend, pushing the overall housing market in favor of sellers. Although there are a plethora of reasons supporting why right now is the best time to sell your home, in this article, we're going to go over three of our top reasons!

1. Home Prices Are ON THE RISE
Throughout the past century, data has supported the constant trend of rising home prices. For example, in 2021, the average single-family home in Belmont, NC sold for $319,825, however, in 2010, the average single-family home in this city sold for only $210,600. That's a $109,225 rise in median home prices in Belmont within the past 11 years.

2. Inventory Is Low
Historically, the inventory of available homes on the market has fluctuated throughout the years. However, as of October 2021, the inventory of active listings within the Charlotte Metro area has hit some of the lowest numbers not seen since prior to 2015. 
The primary reason for such a decrease in houses on the market can be linked to the increasing cost of lumber along with the overall availability of land. 

3. Homes Are Selling In Record Time
According to Canopy Realtor® Association, a single-family home stayed on the market for an average of 47 days in September of 2020.  In September of 2021, a single-family home stayed on the market for an average of only 21 days. These numbers follow the ongoing trend of homes essentially "flying off of the shelves" in record time. 

In conclusion, with future housing market predictions indicating similar trends of decreasing inventory and days on the market, as well as increasing home prices, we at CostelloREI highly suggest looking into selling your home today.  Interested in finding out more...

For Sale By Owner VS. Utilizing a Real Estate Agent

If you're wondering whether you should utilize a real estate agent when selling your home or not, the answer is yes.  In this article, you'll read some of the top reasons we suggest utilizing an agent rather than attempting to sell your own home. 

1. Emotional Grounding
Having a real estate agent helps to keep you emotionally anchored during this entire process.  For many, selling their beloved dwelling you've built a life within is a very difficult journey to embark upon. Having an agent by your side can help keep you from making irrational decisions that you could later regret, such as declining an offer because it wasn't what the sellers wanted, or even overpricing your home!

2. It's Their Job To Help Make Your Transition Easier
Seeing as how most home sellers will not be readily available to show their homes, take a phone call, or meet with a potential buyer during the week if they're working, this is when a real estate agent is vital to the home selling process. 
Without an agent, home sellers could miss out on numerous potential buyers through missed phone calls or inflexibility to show their homes during their unavoidable plans. 

3. For Sale By Owner Homes Go Unnoticed
Oftentimes, homes that are being sold without a real estate agent tend to be glanced over when prospective buyers' agents are evaluating what's currently on the market for their clients. Agents have access to a plethora of listing platforms that individuals trying to sell their homes may not necessarily know about. 

As detailed within this article, there are a variety of reasons as to why choosing a real estate agent is the ideal way to go when selling your home! Not only will all of the work be off of your shoulders, but you'll also have access to more...

4 Locations to Propose in Charlotte, NC

Ever wanted to propose in the most interesting but semi-lowkey way? We've got the perfect proposal spots and ideas for you in the Queen City! Not only does Charlotte offer amazing amenities, events, and real estate, but it also features a variety of movie-like proposal locations that make this city quite unique from others. 

1. NoDa, Freedom Park, or Evergreen Nature Preserve "Couples Photoshoot"

So, we don't think that your significant other will be thrown off by wanting to have a cute photo shoot together, which makes this the perfect proposal opportunity. Not only will you get to ask the big question, but you'll also be able to document the moment without having to hide any photographers and risk giving away the big surprise. 

We suggest going to NoDa, Freedom Park, or Evergreen Nature Preserve! Each of these locations provides a unique and organic atmosphere that helps set the mood for this special occasion.

It's likely that we all have a friend that is known to dabble in the arts, so why not have them ask you and your partner to do a photoshoot for their "portfolio". This way, there will be no red flags thrown through this highly casual interaction!

2. Pineville Ice House & "Charlotte's Holiday on Ice" at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza

Charlotte has many options in terms of ice skating, including a year-round facility and an experience during the winter months. Depending on when you want to pop the question, you can choose to enjoy the Pineville Ice House for a more predictable schedule year-round, or Charlotte's Holiday on Ice from November to January. Both locations feature a wide variety of activities aside from simply Ice Skating, making these two spots perfect for any proposal.

3. Horse Drawn Carriage Throughout The...

TOP 10 PET FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS IN CHARLOTTE

1O Pet-friendly restaurants in charlotte

pet-friendly restaurants

For every pet owner, taking your furry friend along on your daily outings can be a vital part of the bond you and your pet maintain. This is why we have done a deep search into Charlotte's most pet-friendly establishments.

1. THE DOG BAR

The Dog Bar is specifically designed to be your pup's favorite hangout spot on North Davidson Street! With an enclosed, secure interior and patio area, you can sit back, relax, and sip on your frothy beer while your dog has fun with the other pups.

2. MAC TABBY CAT CAFE

Ever wanted to spend time playing with tons of kitties while enjoying a yummy coffee? Well, at the Mac Tabby Cat Cafe, you can do exactly that! With 12 adoptable cats, customers can enjoy the amenities of a traditional cafe while also being in the company of furry friends.

3. NODA BREWING COMPANY

Well known to most Charlotte natives, the Noda Brewing Company is truly one of the city's most iconic hangout spots.  Noda Brewing provides a hip and youthful presence amongst the area, with a pet-friendly environment that will make you feel right at home.

4. LUCKY DOG BARK & BREW

With 3 locations in Charlotte, this dog-friendly bar provides indoor and outdoor play areas for all of your furry friends to socialize and play! Who doesn't love a good drink, good food, and furry playmates?

5. THE OLDE MECKLENBURG BREWERY (OMB)

This well-known hangout spot is the perfect place to come hang...

How to Transition Into a Career in Real Estate with Nelvia Bullock NC/SC Realtor® and Director of Culture with Costello REI

So, you've had your eye on the roaring Real Estate market, and the upward trends don't seem to be slowing any time soon. You've held the possibility of a career in Real Estate in the back of your mind for months, maybe even years, waiting for the right moment to make the transition from your current career. It would change your life in so many ways.

You sometimes ask yourself: "Why should I spend another minute in an unfulfilling career, not doing what I love?... I want to be outside, moving, interacting with the public, and showing beautiful homes to excited people who are so ready to start a new phase in their lives." Something like that.

And you know that you have a knack for building meaningful and lasting relationships that go beyond the purely transactional -- you're trustworthy, hungry, and passionate about fighting to win great deals for your potential clients. You are ready to make the leap, and maybe some of your Realtor friends are pushing you in that direction, too.

Chances are, with the right motivation and drive, you are going to be a big success, but Real Estate poses unique challenges that can make it difficult to achieve lift-off. The hard truth is, many fledgling Realtors fail at getting their careers off the ground, with up to 87% of realtors quitting within the first 5 years (yikes!). With this breathtaking statistic in mind, it is very important to avoid common pitfalls and start yourself off on the right path.

NC/SC Realtor, Nelvia Bullock is a top producing agent in Charlotte, NC who is always excited to share the knowledge, tips, and tricks that helped her get started in her Real Estate career and maintain lasting success. Here is some of her best advice for getting a good start in the classroom and thriving in the real world of Real Estate.

Select A Good Real Estate School

The...

A Closer Look At Quail Hollow Club

An incredibly prestigious country club found in Charlotte, you may spend some time on the waitlist before you become a member of the Quail Hollow Club. This isn't a typical country club.

Instead, Quail Hollow Club is all about golf. It's an expensive club and it's incredibly difficult to become a member, compared to other Charlotte country club options.

History of Quail Hollow Club

It all began in 1959 when James J. Harris held a meeting to mark the beginning of Quail Hollow Club. The club was founded by 21 men and filed its certificate of incorporation in 1960. The club started with just over 257 acres of space to provide all the club activities.

The clubhouse was designed by Charles W. Connelly & Associates and opened in September of 1967. It was designed with a southern style with a white exterior. Later in 1999, the clubhouse was redesigned to provide a more open feel. It features a grand ballroom, a library, a card room, a main kitchen, 15 fireplaces, locker rooms, lounge areas, grills, and more.

A members' pavilion was constructed in 2008 near the 18th green. This pavilion offers a members-only area during the Wells Fargo tournament. The building features a large gathering space, a kitchen, and a bar with oak paneling throughout.

At the same time, the swimming pool was re-done and connects to the members' pavilion. There's also a tennis shop, which was rebuilt at the same time.

The history of Quail Hollow Club includes the golf course opening in 1961 with modifications made to 4 holes by Arnold Palmer in 1985. The course was reconstructed by Tom Fazio in 1997 and the practice facility was reconstructed in 2001. Rock walls were added to both hole 7 and 17, as well.

The bunkers throughout the course were revitalized in 2009 and...

9 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent

Whether you're buying or selling a home in Charlotte, or the Charlotte Metro area a Realtor® is a must. There are so many good reasons to go into this massive financial transaction with an expert by your side, and while you may be able to do it yourself, this type of transaction should never be treated as a DIY project.

Ask yourself: Are you well-versed in real estate law? Do you understand any recent changes to the laws impacting real estate? Are you familiar with homeowner's associations in the area? Do you know the Charlotte Communities like the back of your hand?

Unless you answered YES to all of these questions, you NEED a Realtor®. Here are several great reasons why you should always hire a Realtor® when buying or selling a home.

IT'S A HUGE FINANCIAL TRANSACTION

For most people, buying or selling a home is one of the largest financial transactions of their life. Hiring an expert to ensure the "t's" are crossed and the "i's" are dotted is just smart. Without an expert by your side, a small mistake could end up costing you thousands of dollars.

REALTOR'S ® ARE EXPERT NEGOTIATORS

We all like to think we are great negotiators, but you probably don't negotiate for a living. Realtor's ® negotiate real estate deals every single week and they know exactly what to expect. They also know a bad deal when they see it.

Selling and buying real estate comes with plenty of challenges. One of the main challenges is making sure you can get the right deal. Negotiating is vital to a good real estate deal and you need an expert: Someone who is informed about...

Top 6 Towns Near Charlotte with a Real Main Street

Charlotte is filled with amazing neighborhoods and places to call home. From NoDa to Myers Park, you can choose from neighborhoods throughout the city that fit your style of living. However, the Greater Charlotte Area also offers great towns with real Main Streets.

If you prefer the feel of a small town over an urban neighborhood, you're in luck. You can live close enough to enjoy big-city amenities, while keeping the small-town feel, gives you the best of both worlds.

When you start shopping for a home in one of the Charlotte suburbs, you might be surprised at what you find: wide sidewalks, ice cream shops, coffee cafes, fine dining restaurants and plenty of shopping will greet you in these downtown havens. Here are five of the very best towns near Charlotte with a real Main Street.

MATTHEWS, NC

One of the best suburbs of Charlotte and certainly one of the top downtown areas, Matthews has so much to offer. It's filled with great places to shop, dining and plenty of entertainment.

Central to the Matthew’s experience is Renfrow’s Hardware, a mom and pop operation a 120-year history at the town’s center. They specialize in American-made products, local honey, seasonal produce and a large selection of unusual and common hardware products.

Next door is the Matthew’s Community Farmers Market, serving up goods from local...

How To Upgrade Your Curb Appeal Game



Curb appeal is a crucial step to selling your home. Your home’s first impression not only matters when someone arrives for a showing, but also when they’re scrolling through online listing pictures.

Whether the listing is seen on social media, online listings, or in person, your home may lose a potential buyer before they've even stepped inside your home to see the magic of all of your updates. Upgrading your curb appeal game will get more eyes on your home and more feet in the door! Here are some quick and easy steps to get you started. 

PAINT 

If you have the funds, or your home is in need of a fresh coat of paint, doing a full paint job on the exterior will give your home a facelift, but the exterior of your home doesn't need to be completely repainted. A fresh coat of paint on the front door and a few touch-ups here and there can go a very long way.

You can try giving a fresh coat of paint to fences, garage doors, the mailbox, or any other exterior features to give your home a cohesive look. 

LANDSCAPING

Mowing the lawn is a start, but planting fresh flowers, trimming bushes, and the right landscaping can truly transform a home. When you’re trying to sell your home, landscaping offers one of the most affordable ways to add curb appeal. Find a local plant nursery to help you decide what a great look for the season. Planting the right flowers at the right time will make your home feel fresh and full of life!

If you’re stumped about where to begin, think “symmetry.” Planting matching...

7 Tips For Winterizing Your Home

Forecasts predict that winter 2020 in the Carolinas will be warmer and rainier than usual. Still, it’s never a bad time to think about winterizing your property to protect the value and integrity of your home. 

There are dozens of ways to fully weatherproof your home, including hiring a weatherizing professional, but if you’re a homeowner on a tight budget, there are quick and easy steps to help shore up any potential problem areas and save you money on energy costs. 

Here are some indoor and outdoor tips to get you started on winterizing your today:


DRAIN YOUR PIPES

Inside your home, turn off the valve that sends water to your spigots. Next, turn on your spigots to clear all of the water out of them. This will prevent pipes from bursting if there is a sudden cold snap that causes water to freeze and expand inside your pipes. You can also remove your attached garden hoses and store them in the garage to extend their life. 

CLEAR DEBRIS FROM GUTTERS

The potential...

How To Stay Festive This Fall: A Fall Guide For the Charlotte Metro Area

This year, fall festivities are running a bit differently. Many of the usual gathering spots are adjusting to social distancing guidelines by requiring reservations ahead of time, while others have canceled seasonal events altogether. Charlotte, NC, and surrounding areas are no different. 

Still, there are plenty of ways to satisfy the need for crisp autumn air so you won’t have to feel like you’ve missed out on the season! Here are a few of the activities in close proximity to the Charlotte and some that are farther, but still close enough for a fun day trip.


Uptown Charlotte 

Truist Field Pumpkin Patch

Residents of Uptown Charlotte don't need to make a long trek to join in the fun. Truist Field, home of the Charlotte Knights minor league baseball team, is transforming the outfield into a pumpkin patch on Saturday, October 10th.

*Reservations required: You’ll need to purchase your pumpkin in advance and choose a time slot to attend.

What: Pumpkin picking, pumpkin decorating stations, fall-themed treats, music
Where: Truist Field, 324 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC
Cost: Pumpkins starting at $10
When: Oct 10, 10 A - 5 P

Flicks At The Field

The Charlotte Knights are also hosting a movie series at Truist field this fall. Movies will be shown on a giant screen, and seating is very limited, so make your reservations as soon as possible.  

What:  Outdoor movies!
Where: Truist Field, 324 S Mint St, ...