Summer is almost here, and we are sure feeling the higher temps here on the Grand Strand. Owning a home on the coast can be wonderful, but we know that keeping your home cool can be challenging. We at North Beach Realty wanted to share a few tips with you on how you can keep your home cool this summer. Let’s take a peek below at how you can keep your home cool without a large electric bill.
Summer is the best time to take advantage of all the
sunlight, and naturally, we all think of opening our blinds during the day. But
did you know that keeping your blinds open all day could make your home warmer?
Yes, it’s true. Keeping your blinds open during the hottest times of the day
could be causing your electric bill to rise faster. Keeping your blinds closed
during the hottest time of the day will allow you to keep your home cool. This
little tip will help you keep the house cool and help you save money on your
electric bill each month. If you like to open your blinds, do so early in the
morning before noon, and as the sun is setting for that natural light to shine
in your home.
Blackout Curtains or Shades
Another way that you can keep your home cooler during the summer is by investing in some blackout curtains or shades. These are used most often in bedrooms and kids’ rooms as they block out the sunlight and keep the room cooler. Did you know that most curtains that are neutral colors with a white backing will cause your rooms to get up to 30% warmer? Who knew?! If you don’t want curtains, but you’d rather have something more minimalist looking, then check out blackout shades. Both the curtains and shades work the same in keeping the sunlight out and your rooms cooler.
Turn those Fans On
If your home has ceiling fans in just about all the bedrooms
and living rooms, then turn them on. Not only will it help circulate air
throughout your home, but it will help keep you cool during the day too. Ensure
that the fan is set counterclockwise to be sure to get cooled off. One way to
tell if your fan is set to counterclockwise is, do you feel the cool air
blowing down on you? If not, then your fan is spinning clockwise, and that will
be making you feel like your roasting instead of cooling off.
There are several other ways to keep your home cooler this summer here on the Grand Strand, but we wanted to share these with you. If you are still searching for that perfect home located in the North Myrtle Beach area, give us a call today. We look forward to hearing how these few
Spring is here on the Grand Strand, and it’s time to start thinking about planting your gardens for the year. Instead of working on the garden on your own, allow the kids to join in the fun and help out. We at North Beach Realty have come up with a few fun garden projects that the kids will love too. Let’s look at three different things that the kids can join to help make the gardens a little more fun.
If your kids are a little older and no longer use that sandbox
that you purchased or built for them, we have the perfect solution. This year
use the sandbox as an herb garden instead of letting it sit and collect water
or other critters in it. Have the kids help you clean it out and add some new
dirt and fresh mulch to it. Then let the kids pick out which herbs they want to
grow in the sandbox and allow them to plant the seeds. Your kids will love taking
care of the herbs and watching them grow into something they can eat.
Decorating Wooden Spoon Garden Markers
Another fun project that your kids can do to help get the
garden ready this year is to make their markers—buying several wooden spoons
from the local dollar store, painting them, and allowing each one to decorate
them. If the child is old enough to write, have them write the name of the
plant on each spoon. After they have been decorated, be sure to seal them with
some polyacrylic to sit outside in the garden next to each plant. Think of the
fun everyone will have by doing these cute markers for the garden!
Easy Bird Feeder
Little ones always love watching the birds come into the yard during the spring and summer months. Instead of putting out a regular bird feeder that you purchase from the store this year, allow your kids to make a new one to add to the garden. One easy bird feeder that your kids can make is using a 2-liter bottle. Cut the middle halfway down to make it more like a boat. Next, add some string to each end of the bottle and put some birdseed into the bottle. Now it’s time to hang in your yard or garden and let the kids watch the birds come to enjoy their food. What a great way to spend a rainy day by making something fun for their garden with the kids.
You and your kids can do many other fun projects to get your garden ready this spring, but these are a few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t found your next dream home here in North Myrtle Beach, allow us at North Beach Realty to help you out. We look forward to hearing about what projects you and your family did this year.
It’s hard to believe that spring has arrived, and now is the perfect time to start thinking about doing a little deep cleaning to your home. No matter how hard we want to believe that our homes could never be that dirty but it’s not always about cleaning. It’s about organizing it and more. We at North Beach Realty want to share four cleaning hacks that you can try out this spring in your home below.
Use White Vinegar to Deep Clean the Showerhead
If you prefer to use an all-natural cleaner in your
bathroom, we have the perfect solution for you. Fill a plastic Ziplock bag with
white distilled vinegar and secure it over the showerhead with a rubber band
and let it sit overnight. The next morning run the shower after removing the
vinegar, and you will find that it may spray a little better.
Banish Water Rings with a Hair Dryer or Iron
Did you or someone you know to place a glass full of drink
onto a wood table and they have left the water rings? If so, then we have the
perfect hack for you to get rid of them. Take the hairdryer on high heat and blow
the heat onto the water spots. Within a few minutes, you may find that they are
disappearing. If that doesn’t work, then you can take an iron and place a
washcloth of a hand towel on top of the water spots and continue to do so until
they are gone.
Use a Lemon to Remove Water Stain from your Faucets
Do you have those hard water stains on your faucets in your
home, and not sure how to get rid of them? We know the struggle, and we have
the perfect solution for you. Be sure to get a lemon or two when you head to
the grocery store before trying this out. Take half of a lemon and rub it onto
the faucet you’re trying to clean. And voila, the stains are gone!
Dusting Made Easy
If you’re like most of the adults out there, dusting the
home has to be the one chore we all dislike. For many times when we might dust,
it’s like the dust will automatically find another item in your home to make
their new best friend. But did you know that if you take fabric softener sheets
that they are a great way to clean your electronics, blinds, and more? Yes,
that’s a much easier way to dust your home, and it’s a lot cheaper too.
While there are many other ways that you can deep clean your home this spring, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you are still trying to find your dream home located on the Grand Strand, allow us with North Beach Realty to help you!
Spring will be here in just a few short weeks, and now is the time to start thinking about doing those updates to your home. The winter may have been a little harsh this year with more rain than usual and colder temperatures, so doing a few updates will be okay. We at North Beach Realty want to share with you and your family how you can help update your home this spring, even on a budget. Let’s look below at our top 3 things you can do to update your home this spring.
One of the things that many homeowners love to do after a
long winter is updating their curb appeal. This spring add some fresh color to
your front porch by repainting the steps, shutters, or mailbox. Add some new
flowers that line the walkway or add some fresh potted plants to the front
porch. If you’re not sure what plants will help add some color and will make it
through the season, head over to a local nursery. There are so many other ways
that you can help update your curb appeal, but we wanted to share these with you.
Updating the Bedrooms
Another great thing that you can do inside your home is
updating the bedrooms. The cool thing about owning your home is you can pick
and choose if you’d like to update all the bedrooms or just a few of them. You
can update them by adding a new paint color or wallpaper on the walls. Wallpaper
isn’t like they were back in the ’80s and ’90s as they now have easy to remove
wallpaper. After you update the walls, think about installing new flooring or
cleaning the carpets. Add a splash of color to the bed linens and add a few
extra décor pieces throughout the room to bring it all together. Even if you
don’t spend a lot of money on the updates, you will still love the changes that
it has brought to your home.
The kitchen is often known as the heart of the home as it’s where many love to gather for chats, eating, and just enjoying each other. If you happen to live in an older home and don’t like what you have now, may it be time for a kitchen update? You can do some of the things in your kitchen, install new flooring, adding a new backsplash, painting the cabinets a different color, or adding a splash of color to the walls. Update the windows with new blinds and curtains to go along with the new look of your kitchen. You can do this update on both a budget and you can redo the whole kitchen. The possibilities are endless when it comes to updating the heart of the home!
While there is an endless amount of updates that you can do to your home, these are the ones we wanted to share with you. If you are still on the hunt for your perfect North Myrtle Beach home, give us a call today. We hope that you and your family will enjoy all the updates you’ve made to your home this year!
Have you been thinking of buying a vacation home in the North Myrtle Beach area lately? If you have, then look no further as there are several reasons you should purchase one now. We at North Beach Realty want to share a few reasons why you should buy a vacation home here on the Grand Strand this year. Let’s look below at a few of the reasons we have come up with on why you should buy a vacation home this year.
Creating a “Home Away from Home”
One of the best benefits of owning your own vacation home in
North Myrtle Beach is creating your “home away from home.” This is an excellent
thing about owning a second home at the beach is you get to decorate the house
just like you’ve always wanted to. Add a little coastal flair to the décor, get
that oversized couch that you’d never get in your own home, and bring those cute
towels that match the bathroom’s color. Let the kids decorate their own space and
just enjoy spending time together while creating your “home away from home” at
Plan for your Retirement
Another great reason you should buy a vacation home now
instead of waiting until later is planning for your retirement. While you may
have a while before you retire, it’s never too early to start thinking about it.
Buying a vacation home can open up many different options for you when it’s
time to retire. One of the things to think about is where do you want to retire?
Has it always been the beach? You will not only think about the future but
think about how many new memories you can make with your grandkids at your new vacation
home on the Grand Strand.
Take Affordable Vacations
Owning your own vacation home can come with its perks as you will always have a place to vacation. If you choose to rent out your own during the time you’re not at home, we can help you out with North Beach Vacations. Not only are you receiving income on a property that you purchased to use as your second home, but you’re also able to stay at your place without having to rent a different property. The options are endless when you purchase your own vacation home here in North Myrtle Beach!
There are so many other reasons you should buy a vacation home in North Myrtle Beach today, but we wanted to share them with you. If you are starting to look for that dream vacation home, allow us at North Beach Realty to help you out. We look forward to helping you and your family find that dream home here in the area!
This winter temperatures will dip down below freezing, even in beautiful sunny North Myrtle Beach (although only for a few weeks). Freezing temperatures might cause older pipes in your homes walls or crawl spaces that are not properly insulated to freeze, expand and then burst! Pipe freezing is a dangerous problem.
Pipes will freeze in your walls if there is not proper insulation! If there are signs of water damage, mold or even moisture buildup when you open a wall up that might be evidence that a pipe burst sometime in the past. This most likely came from improper insulation. The best thing to do if you find evidence of a burst pipe from freezing is to add more insulation before the temperatures drop below freezing! This will help keep the pipes from getting too cold.
Here are a few tips to prevent frozen pipes this winter:
Use insulation on the sides of your water tank to prevent freezing. This is the main source of water concentration in your home, if this freezes you are in going to be in a world of trouble.
Upgrade your pipes and water tanks if needed due to age or inability to function properly and efficiently. Older tanks and pipes may have rust and corrosion which will weaken any sensitive pressure points and may lead to pipes bursting under the pressure while freezing temperatures are present.
Repair or replace any leaking and or dripping pipes before the freezing cold weather comes. If you know of problems with your pipes or can plainly see where issues with pipes may arise it is in your best interest to fix the problem when the weather is still warmer so that when the temperatures drop those problems do not escalate.
Be Proactive When It Comes To Insulation & Protect Against Pipe Freezing!
When pipe freezing occurs, the water expands, which can cause the pipes to burst and then the thawed water starts a leak. A burst water pipe can cause serious damage to your home and property. Especially if you are using the property as a rental and it stays unoccupied for any length of time during the off season. Water damage from broken or burst pipes left untreated can become mold problems in as little as 48 hours!
If you know what to do when a frozen pipe does burst you can be two steps ahead of a bad situation. To help you out should you ever have the misfortune to experience cold weather related water damage here are a few helpful tips:
Turn off the water at the main shut off valve as soon as you notice the damage. This may seem obvious but in a panicked state of mind seeing a bunch of water flooding your property sometimes you feel overwhelmed and do not know where to start.
Turning on all your hot and cold taps, this will help purge the system of residual water. You do not want leftover water just sitting in your pipes while you are fixing the problem pipes.
Thaw any exposed pipes with a hairdryer or heat gun if possible. This will melt the built up ice and help you avoid more pipe ruptures while you are mitigating the current pipe freezing damage.
If the pipe burst damage has gone unnoticed for some time due to an absence in the unit, there could be significant issues with mold and other safety concerns. Call a professional restoration company in your service area immediately to dry you out fast!
There are many other ways that you can make your home safe during the cold weather. We, however, wanted to share these few with you. If you still haven’t found your dream home, then give us at North Beach Realty a call.
The holidays are upon us, and soon it will be time to get your North Myrtle Beach vacation home ready for visitors. This year decorate your home in some fun yet festive ways that will go along with a beach-inspired theme. We at North Beach Realty have come up with some great ideas to share with you on helping get your vacation home ready. Let’s look below at some fun ways that you and your family can get your beach-inspired theme going for the holidays this year.
A Coastal Christmas Tree
Instead of decorating your Christmas tree as a traditional
tree, this year, decorate it with a coastal theme instead. Get some pastel-colored
wired ribbon to wrap around the tree to accompany the coastal garland on the
tree. You will find many local stores with coastal themed ornaments such as
starfish, distressed wooden buoys, white-washed wooden crabs, and some pastel
color bulbs. Add a beautiful burlap bow with some of the pastel ribbons that
you wrapped around the tree to the top of the tree. Think of how beautiful your
Christmas tree is going to be this year.
Hang All the Stockings
If you happen to have a fireplace in your North Myrtle Beach
vacation home, then this can be one of the focal points of the season. This
year you can add some fresh garland with some starfish ornaments to it. Hang your
burlap stockings from the mantle with some festive hooks. This year, as a
little focal point of the mantle, hang a giant wreath or a wooden sign that
says Joy with some coastal colors. No matter how you decorate the mantle this
year, everyone will love the decorations this year!
Decorate the Front Porch
This year decorate your front porch to make it more inviting
for your guests. Add a couple of small decorative trees by the front door that
has lights. Add some garland around the front door with some coastal ornaments from
them along with white lights. A fresh wreath with a coastal theme and some
burlap and pastel ribbon to finish it off will welcome your guests this holiday
season. Get a new front door mat that is a coastal theme, add a few large lanterns
with some beautiful bows on the handles, and more. There are so many ways that
you can decorate your front porch this holiday season.
While there are many other ways that you can decorate your vacation home this year, we wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t found your next North Myrtle Beach vacation home, give us a call today. We hope that you and your family have fun decorating your North Myrtle Beach vacation home together!
Have you recently moved into a new home here in North Myrtle Beach, and you’re looking for a way to decorate it? We know that moving into a new home can be a little overwhelming. That’s why we at North Beach Realty want to share how to create a living the whole family will love. Let’s look below how you can make that living room that everyone will love in your new home.
One of the most daunting tasks for creating that perfect
living room that the whole family will love is furniture. If you have small
children, we know that finding the right fabrics for your couches is the key. If
you happen to get leather, you may realize that it’s not the right thing for
the kids. Look at the different fabrics available in most furniture stores to
see which will hide stains or have a protective coating on the fabric. There
are so many other options available for you to choose from now that will be perfect
for your family.
Make the Space Function
Another great thing to make sure your living room is right
for your family is to make sure it’s functional. If you have a space that may
not be that larger, you will want to make it work for your family. Have some
built-ins put into the room for extra storage for the kid’s toys or other
things you may need? Add a bookcase or two to hold all of the family books on
as well as decorations. Let the kids add their flair to the decorating as they
too want to help with the house.
Sit Back & Relax
Now that you have made your new house into your dream home,
it’s time to sit back and relax. Your living room is now just as you want it,
and the kids love it too. So sit back and relax and enjoy some time with the
family in your new room. Grab some drinks, popcorn, and let the kids pick the
movie. Just have a good time spending your time together as a family in your
There are many other ways that you can make your living room perfect for the whole family to love. We, however, wanted to share these few with you. If you still haven’t found your dream home, then give us at North Beach Realty a call.
Are you and your family looking to purchase a beach home in the North Myrtle Beach area this fall? If the answer is yes, then allow us at North Beach Realty to help with your purchase. We know that this is a big decision to make, and you want to make sure that you find the perfect home. Whether it will be your permanent home or a vacation rental, there are so many reasons why the fall is the best time to make that big purchase. Let’s look below to see why purchasing your beach home in the fall is the best in North Myrtle Beach.
Many home sellers will either list their homes for sale in
the spring or summer months, but did you know that you may find the best deals
in the fall? Since kids will be back in school and life will seem to be back to
normal, it’s the right time for many to list their homes. They may be dealing
with a significant life change or may not have found their home in the peak
season. This is a good thing because maybe you will find the best deal around,
or you will find just the perfect home you’ve been looking for!
Another great reason why purchasing your home this fall is there will be less competition. Many buyers may have already found their dream home during the spring and summer months. This, in return, can be a great time of the year to find your dream home in North Myrtle Beach. Many buyers are ready to close on their homes before the holidays, so this can be another benefit for you and your family. No matter when you are looking for a home, we at North Beach Realty can help you find one.
Bargains for New Home Items
After you have closed on your new beach home, you may be
looking for things to furnish it with. The fall months will typically have some
fantastic deals on seasonal items such as fall bed sheets and comforters to
rugs to protect your floors. You may be able to find a great deal on that new
fridge you’ve been eying or that new bedroom suite. There are so many great
things that you can furnish your home and decorate it for the fall season at bargain
While there are many other reasons why the fall is the best time to buy your beach home in North Myrtle Beach, we wanted to share these with you. If you are currently looking for your perfect home in the area, then allow us at North Beach Realty to help with your search. We hope that you and your family will find your ideal beach home this season here on the Grand Strand!
Have you and your family recently moved into a new home in North Myrtle Beach and are looking for a way to decorate it this fall? We at North Beach Realty want to share some of our favorite ways to get your home ready for this fall. The weather will be changing soon, and that only means that it’s time to decorate your home. Let’s look below at three ways to get your home ready for fall in North Myrtle Beach.
Decorate the Front Porch
One of the best ways to get your home ready for fall is to
decorate the front porch from adding a fall wreath to the front door to adding
pumpkins to the steps. Fall happens to be one of the best times of the year to
decorate your home. Head to the local nursery and pick up some beautiful fall
flowers such as Mums, Pansy’s, Chrysanthemums, and Black-Eyed Susan’s. These
are a great addition to not only your front porch but also to your flower
Add Color Indoors
Another excellent option for decorating your home for the
fall is to add color to the inside of your home. Whether you are adding color
to the couch with some fall pillows or adding some color to the dining room
table, there is so much to do. Head on over to the store and pick up some décor
that’s fall like such as small pumpkins and gourds along with leaf garland. Set
up a small basket with fresh apples and include in some pumpkin decorations
into it to the dining room table. There is so much more to have inside your
home to help make it feel like fall in North Myrtle Beach.
Inside Fall Aromas
The fall wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t include the fantastic
aromas inside your home. One way that you can get some of that lovely scent inside
your home is to set up on the stovetop some apple cider with a few cinnamon
sticks simmering all day long. Baking is another great way to help keep your
home smelling like you’re in a cabin in the mountains. Bake a fresh apple pie
or pumpkin pie to get the scents going. You can also find several fall candles
and wax cubes for your warmer to help spread the cheer in the home.
While there are many other things that you can do to help get your home ready for fall, we wanted to share these with you. If you are still looking for a home in the North Myrtle Beach area, we are happy to help you find one. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your hunt for your perfect dream home today!