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3 Homes in Charlotte, NC That Will Make Your Jaw DROP

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on July 02, 2019  /  in Blog, Featured Properties, Luxury Home, Uncategorized  /  Comments off

Charlotte, NC is known for its ties to finance and new energy, the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, its food scene, and much, much more. But one of the Queen City’s best attributes is its modern skyline and unique architecture. 

We’ve seen hundreds of gorgeous handcrafted homes at Nestlewood Realty. Here are 3 homes on the market right now that will have you running to the nearest buyer’s agent.

4033 COLUMBINE CIRCLE– 5 bed/ 4.5 bath

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Situated on 1.44 acres in popular Foxcroft, this home features a formal dining room with built-ins leads, a top-of-the-line kitchen with a marble waterfall island, quartz on the rest of the countertops, and designer hardware/lighting. Basement can function as 2nd living quarters with a 2nd kitchen, additional bath, and a room that could be a 6th sleeping area. This is a fantastic property and a great place to call HOME!

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Listed by Bobby Sisk

903 MCDONALD AVENUE– 3 bed/ 4 bath

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This incredible Dilworth property is in close proximity to shopping, dining, and more! English farmhouse-inspired, it features brick veneer, tons of natural light, a gorgeous fireplace, Thermador professional appliances, site-finished white oak hardwoods, a master suite with vaulted ceiling and a custom walk-in closet. Elevator and carport upgrade options available.

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Listed by Matt Ewers

12631 PRESERVATION POINTE DRIVE– 4 bed/4.5 bath

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Enjoy wide open views of peaceful Mountain Island Lake from this custom home on the tip of Preservation Pointe Drive. Extremely functional layout, with luxurious first-floor owner’s suite with access to the back terrace and lake views. Formal dining, cozy great room, a breakfast area, and a large kitchen. Plantation shutters, some new carpet, plus garage space for 3 cars. Fenced backyard with a path leading to a private dock with boat lift. Amenity-filled community with pool, clubhouse, tennis courts, walking trails and more.

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Listed by Bobby Sisk

Feeling inspired to jump into a new house? See our full list of available properties or contact one of our buyer’s agents. We can’t wait to get you into the perfect home!

5 Staging Tips that DO NOT Matter For Home Sellers

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on June 20, 2019  /  in Blog, Luxury Home, Questions and Answers, Realtors, Selling Your Home, Selling Your Home  /  Comments off

Staging your home for sale is both an art and a science. There is plenty of information out there that will tell you exactly how to stage your home for an open house, but most of it is just fluff! Here are the 5 staging misconceptions the internet won’t tell you that expert realtors know too well.

#1. “Bake cookies right before your open house.”

It’s true that our sense of smell is powerful. Walking into a bad smelling home can turn buyers off instantly, but that doesn’t mean you should flood your home with just any smell. Think of it this way: Our sense of smell is very closely related to our sense of memory. For some people, the smell of freshly baked cookies may bring back fantastic memories of days past. But for others, the smell of freshly baked cookies makes them nauseous! Your house should actually smell like NOTHING when it is being shown.

Scented homes lead to one of two reactions:

  • Buyers who are chemically sensitive get headaches, irritated eyes, or nausea and want to leave immediately, OR
  • Buyers wonder what you are trying to cover up.

#2. “My house won’t sell unless it has plants in it.”

Live plants or flowers in a vacant house tend to become dead plants very fast. Unless you are dedicated to checking on these plants regularly, you need to skip them, because nothing stops a house from going pending like dead plants. And fake plants are just that, fake.

#3. “I can just lightly stage this room and it will work.”

Light staging or rearranging items in a room like a chair and a rug in a bedroom, does NOT help sell houses. It actually slows the process down! Random objects in a room only draw attention away from the house. Either stage the room completely or don’t stage it at all.

#4. “We should make everybody take off their shoes before they enter.”

Taking off your shoes in public is uncomfortable. So why in the world would you ask people to be uncomfortable in their new home? With any luck, the floor will be theirs soon. Worry about cleaning up after!

And finally, #5. “Staging can fix anything.”

Wouldn’t it be great if this were true? Unfortunately, it is not. Staging can liven, brighten, and beautify your space. But sometimes, things are just bad! They need to be fixed, remodeled, or overhauled prior to or instead of staging. Think of it this way: If your entire house is painted in rainbow tie-dye, no amount of staging will help you.

In the end, bad staging does nothing to help your sale and could actually hurt you in the long run! You need a competent staging professional and realtor if you want top dollar for your house.

Selling a home? Don’t go at it alone. Get in touch with one of Charlotte’s expert real estate agents here at Nestlewood Realty!

Top 10 Actions to Take During Your Deep Clean

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on April 19, 2019  /  in Blog, House Remodeling, Luxury Home, Selling Your Home, Uncategorized  /  Comments off

Spring has sprung! Now is the perfect time to deep clean your home.

Cleaning your home makes it feels fresher and more open. Whether you’re preparing for a sale or clearing the cobwebs of winter, this means going further than your regular tidying and making time to dive into the seldom-touched areas of your home. Here is a list of the top 10 actions to take during your deep clean: 

1. Hitting the Baseboards

You probably loathe dusting the baseboards of your home, but the immediate feeling of gratification makes it worth it. Simply take a soft towel, spray with your favorite all-purpose cleaner and wipe away the build-up of dust and dirt. This will leave your home sparkling and your wood moisturized for the coming months.

2. Dusting the Blinds

Blinds are an area of your home that get used a lot, but get little cleaning attention. Take your soft towel and your favorite all-purpose cleaner and wipe off the dust build-up on your blinds. If you have wood blinds, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions on how best to treat the wood.

3. Vacuuming Couch Cushions

This step can (and should!) be done more frequently than just during your Spring-cleaning. If you ever eat on your couch, like most people do, this is especially important. Take every cushion off your couch, vacuum the front and back of each and hit the couch base. This is also a great time to clean the floor under your couch. Pull the couch out so that you can get to the rest of the crumbs, forgotten pens, and cat toys!

4. Climbing Up to the Light Fixtures

Your light fixtures gather a lot of dust and pet hair. Grab a ladder or step stool and gently wipe down the fixtures. Depending on the materials of your fixture this can be done with a light cleaning spray or water and soap.

5. Washing Pet Toys

Pet beds and toys are often forgotten about when we clean. Depending on your pet’s bed and toys, you may even be able to throw them your washing machine. If you are not able to, use the hose on your vacuum to get the build-up of pet hair and dust/dirt that has accumulated. If your pet has especially fine hair (like cats!), use a brush to run through their beds.

6. Clearing the Vents

Air vents both on the floor and on your ceilings need a good wipe-down. They accumulate dirt and dust which is then put back into your home when they are pushing out heat and cool air! Use a comfortable and light duster, making sure that it has an extendable arm for those hard-to-reach places. You can also use your vacuum hose to get any loose dirt or animal hair that’s stuck in the vent.

7. Fine-tuning Windows and Doors

Like baseboard cleaning, wiping around windows and doors is tedious, but satisfying! You may need your step stool or ladder to reach these. The tops of doors and windows accumulate a lot of dust, especially if you open your windows during the day. Once again, take your soft towel and all-purpose cleaner and wipe down these areas. This is also an excellent time to get both sides of your doors, especially if they have carved out details that have built up dust accumulated.

8. Wiping Down Bookshelves

Since most people tend to dust around objects on shelves and bookcases during a “regular” clean, now is the time when you should take the items of your shelves and dust behind them. Often times you will find dust built up and pet hair behind your books and vases. Depending on the materials of your shelves, take your soft towel and light cleaning spray and wipe down the entire shelf, both the top and bottom sides.

9. Emptying the Cabinets

Similar to shelves, you probably aren’t able to get behind the items in your cabinets and wipe them down during a quick clean. This step will take a decent amount of time depending on the number of your kitchen cabinets, buffet cabinets, and media console cabinets. Take everything out of these cabinets and wipe down all four sides of the cabinet. (And get rid of the items you no longer use!) Make sure to finish by wiping down the front and back of cabinet doors.

10. Disinfecting Door Handles

Door handles and knobs are frequently overlooked during cleaning. Take the time to go around to all of your doors and wipe down the handles and knobs. You should do this on your hooks, railings, and cabinet knobs. Make sure you are using an appropriate spray for the materials of your knobs, hooks, and handles. This is also a good time to buff them so they look brand new once again! 

Of course, there are many other areas of your home that rarely see a deep cleaning, but we hope this list helps you get started and leaves your home feeling fresh and clean for summer!

Cleaning your home for an upcoming sale? Let one of our agents guide you through the process…

The Home Decor Trends We Can’t Stop Raving About

Posted by Nestlewood Realty on April 08, 2019  /  in Blog, House Remodeling, Luxury Home, Modern Home  /  Comments off

Whether you’re upgrading your home to prepare for sale or to enjoy for yourself, these are the interior design style trends everyone is talking about this year.

Bedroom

Bold Headboards

Imagine having sweet dreams at home under gorgeous fabrics. Try upholstering your headboard in a jew-toned velvet to add a touch of sophistication in your bedroom. Even better, help your bed stand out with a textural, out-of-the-box headboard! Use ceiling-to-floor curtains, mirrors, and floating shelves to elevate your bed’s look.

Canopy Beds

If your bedroom is large enough to accommodate, make a big statement with a canopy bed! Whether they are traditionally styled or are more modern, there is a canopy bed that goes perfectly with every bedroom design. From old-world four-post beds with curtains and plenty of flounce, to a more sleek and modern white canopy bed with minimal details.

Boudoir Vanities

The retro-inspired boudoir vanity is *officially* back on trend, and it’s an easy addition to any design style. The best part? They’re totally functional! Vanities are perfect for an awkward corner in the room, or to create a shocking visual impact with an oversized mirror in the middle of a wall. Choose any color, texture, and material for your space, but we suggest going unexpected.

 

Kitchen

Darken the Mood

Optic white isn’t going anywhere, but designers are leaning towards moody, matte kitchens this year. Set the tone with a rich and unexpected color for a more nuanced look. The antithesis to the tendency to go for all-white kitchens, black and moodier hued kitchen design ideas add a sense of drama to any home, are easier to manage, and are an elegant alternative to standard ivories. Finish off with slick matte touches.

Custom Pieces

If standing out with bold colors and textures isn’t enough, opt for handmade, custom furniture pieces. Further, know and understand where your pieces come from by commissioning its build! Companies like Tuckaseegee Timberworks, Hedrick Custom Designs, and Barden Built Remodeling can work with you to build exactly what you envision for your kitchen.

 

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Art Deco

Art deco influence has come in and out of the limelight several times over the past 90+ years. It began trickling into design in 2018, but will become more prominent this year. From color shift (lots of pinks!) to textile design and furniture silhouettes, expect Gatsby-inspired looks to populate the market.

Natural Elements

Tech-centered decor dominated interior design last year. In response, designers are shifting toward fresh, natural elements in accents, furniture, decor, and even wallpaper. Materials such as stone, copper, concrete, and granite will be more prominent. Floral accents and floral wallpaper can lighten and soften the ambiance of the room. Push the boundaries of where you can incorporate these pieces.

Artisinal Lighting Fixtures

The installation of unique fixtures can elevate any space. Vintage lights, pendants, and sconces in brass and copper finishes are making their comeback in 2019. Designers are pushing for homeowners to mix and match metals and be more expressive with their lighting choices.

The overarching theme of the year can be summed up in two words: Go Bold. Mirroring the world around us, designers urge homeowners to turn up the volume in their rooms this year.

Thanks to our friends at Decor Aid, Elle Decor, West Elm, Oh Joy! + on Instagram for inspiring this post. For more on styling your home for sale, give one of our seller’s agents a call.