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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. 


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. 


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...

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:


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. 


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...