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Simple Tips for a Guest-Friendly Home

Whether you frequently have people over or plan on creating an inviting vacation rental, it’s always nice to know a few simple tips to make your home guest-friendly and welcoming to those who come to visit.

Simple Tips for a Guest-Friendly Home

One great tip to make your home an inviting space is to make sure it’s organized and clutter-free. No one wants to come into a home that’s messy and crowded. You can use a variety of storage bins to organize clutter and even use some decorative bins to hide away the things you’d like your guests to have easy access to (think games, books, etc) without making your home appear messy. 

Stock your guest room with items that your guests may have forgotten like toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc. You can find travel-sized versions of these items and more at your local drugstores, big box stores, and even some grocery stores. 

Add a little tray and a clock radio with a charging station to the nightstands, just like they have in hotels. This will help create a stress-free space where your guests won’t have to worry about waking up late and missing all the activities they have planned and it will also keep all of their personal items corraled in one place. If you really want to go the extra mile, add a few extra phone chargers and adapters in the bedrooms for anyone who forgot theirs. 

Create a cute sign with the wifi password and important numbers your guests should know. Place in an area where everyone can see it and have access to it.

Tips for a guest friendly home

Comfort and Aesthetics Count, Too

When finding furniture for your living room be sure to find a couch that is welcoming instead of something that would be considered a work of art. No one wants to sit on something that looks like it came from a museum. Choose comfy cushions as well as soft pillows and blankets to go with the couch.

Next, be sure to choose a decent-sized coffee table and fill it with things that may have useful information for guests. For example, magazines, photo albums, and great reads to keep your guests busy. You can fill the coffee table with candles, flowers, or something to serve coffee or tea.  

If you feel you don’t have enough seating you can add other comfy chairs to the mix. If you remember the show ‘Friends’  they had a good mix of comfy chairs on the show. 

For the bathroom add cute towels, nice soap, and other useful things like cotton balls or Q-tips. Candles also make for a great addition in the bathroom as well!

If you enjoy having people over for the occasional get-together try a mobile bar, too! This will help not only transform your space but the get-together as well!

For some ideas to get you started check out the Pinterest board we created! What tips would you add?

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Swing into Spring with your Spring Front Porch Glow Up!

Are you ready to kick the Winter blues and get your front porch ready to greet the Spring? We sure are!

We have come up with a list of things you can do to kick your porch up a notch and show your neighborhood that you are ready for warmer weather! If you don’t have a porch, most of these tips can be applied to your patio or even your stoop! Heck, if you don’t want to swing your whole porch into Spring or you are looking for a smaller project, you can apply these tips to something as small as your front door! 

Spring front porch makeover

 

Spring Front Porch Glow Up Tips

Step One – Spring Front Porch Clean Up

You want to start out with a blank canvas before you can really spruce up anything on your front porch. Putting a few stems on a dirty worn-out surface will barely help you reach your vision!

I recommend you clear any furniture or large debris off your porch, stoop, or patio, and give your space a good power washing. Don’t have a pressure washer you can buy one (they’re fairly inexpensive). Not in the budget? Borrow from a neighbor, browse Facebook Marketplace to get one second-hand, or see about renting one from your local hardware store!

front porch clean up

Step Two – Add Seating and Personality

Now that your porch is truly a clean slate, you can start adding things (but not too many) to make it the Spring front porch of your dreams! Let’s talk outdoor furniture: I am a sucker for a good porch swing. I find that they give your space such a relaxing atmosphere. Plus, you can actually swing into spring with one of these beauties.

Porch swings can be such inviting and cozy nooks to sip your morning coffee and check out the morning dew as you begin a beautiful Spring day! They are also a great spot to capture photos of the kids and make beautiful and everlasting springtime memories!

Throw some bright and colorful pillows on there and the charm is endless!

If literally swinging into Spring isn’t what you had in mind, you can also get these crisp and cool spring vibes with a small table and chairs, a cute little bench, or maybe even an outdoor sectional… it depends on your personal style and how much space you are working with.

If you already have furniture out there, even better! You will just need to get ready to decorate and celebrate Spring!

Step Three – Flowers Galore

BLOOMS, BLOOMS and did we mention… BLOOMS? Obviously, when I think of springtime, I think about all of the beautiful and colorful flowers I know and love. I can’t get through the first week of spring without bringing bouquets of daffodils and tulips into my home! The porch is no exception. I love decorating with fun window boxes and adding all of my favorite seasonal blooms! Between your favorite florals and maybe a small herb garden (my favorites are basil, parsley, and cilantro), you’ll be greeting spring with all of its wonderful staples. Lastly, throw a few of your favorite stems in a small vase on a table or sill!

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Step Four – Finishing Touches

It is time for the finishing touches to your Spring front porch! For me, this includes a layered welcome mat; I love throwing a colorful rug under my regular mat to make it pop a little bit! This also includes some sort of wreath on the door; it can be anything from a wreath of your favorite blooms to a DIY project you create with the kids to a personal touch like a monogram!

I like to finish off my spring front porch with a couple of hummingbird feeders – I love watching those tiny beauties visit to get their afternoon snack! Having them around makes me truly feel like I have achieved my vision of swinging into springtime! Not a hummingbird fan? Any bird feeder will do to welcome our beautiful avian friends back from wherever they vacationed for the cold winter months! Another option is a wind-chime that can be strummed by the nice breezes to remind you that in fact… Spring has arrived.

The most important thing about your Spring front porch is that it makes you inspired to embrace the warming weather. If you adore the beauty you’ve created on your porch, you will want to spend your Springtime taking it in and you have ultimately swung into Spring and completed your Spring front porch glow-up! 

Now It’s Your Turn

If you have put these tips into action, share what you have created with us on Twitter! We can’t wait to see your springtime visions BLOOM.

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7 Simple Steps to Revamp Your Curb Home’s Appeal

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Revamp Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Spring has sprung and now’s the perfect time to revamp your home’s curb appeal. First impressions count. This especially holds true with your home. So ramp up your home’s curb appeal with a few simple updates. Potential home buyers will remember your home long after they view it if your home puts its best foot forward.

7 Simple Steps to Revamp Your Curb Home’s Appeal

Did you know that 63% of homebuyers will stop by after seeing a house they link online? Make sure your home is ready with these simple steps – 

  1. Plant with colors – Update your landscaping with colorful flowers or plants to give your home a bright and cheery update.
  2. Paint your mailbox – Giving your mailbox a fresh coat of paint is a great way to freshen things up.
  3. Pick up anything outdoors that clutters the look of your home – Keep it simple outdoors. Pick up kids’ toys, move garbage cans out of site, etc.
  4. Paint your door and update your doorknob – Your front door deserves to be a show stopper so update the color or make it glossy and update your doorknob.
  5. Clean your light fixtures – If it’s been a while since you gave your light fixtures some attention, be sure to clean them up or update them for extra curb appeal.
  6. Clean your windows – You’re putting in the work everywhere else, make sure your windows are clean and bright inside and out.
  7. Powerwash your patios, decks, and walkways (and your home if it needs it) – Powerwash to remove mold and mildew and to give these areas a pop!

Add curb appeak checklist

Just imagine yourself as a buyer pulling up to your home for the first time. What would you want to see? Now make as many of those updates as possible based on your budget. 

Are you adding to your curb appeal this Spring? What are you doing to stand out? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

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Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Coastal Home

Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Coastal Home

We’re sharing some of our favorite tips for Spring cleaning your coastal home to help you get organized, de-clutter, and refresh!

Start From the Outside and Work Your Way In

You’re ready to begin Spring cleaning your coastal home. But, whether you’re planning on selling your home soon or keeping it forever, you probably want your home to be as clean on the outside as it is on the inside. Everyone loves a home with great curb appeal. Try and keep the next few weekends open, so that when the sunshine and 65° temperatures arrive you’ll be fully prepared for yard work.

Focus on the big things first, like any trees or bushes that need to be trimmed (or removed if hazardous), then move on to the leaf raking process and finish up with that first cut of the year. Picking up an edger might be worth the cost from Ace Hardware, Lowe’s, or Home Depot, especially if you’ve got a paved driveway and an abundance of road frontage (You can pick one up that runs on a rechargeable battery). Be sure to blow or sweep all the dirt off after to keep your driveway looking clean. (But don’t blow them into our waterways or drainage grates)

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Tackle Weeds

Next, tackle any weeds you may have sprouted up over the wintertime. A garden stool (or 5 Gallon Bucket turned upside down) can go along way in saving your knees from the harsh surface of pine needles or mulch. Consider consulting with a landscaping professional if you’ve got an abundance of undesired plants in your yard. Moles have been especially present on island properties the last few years, your local hardware store should have some treatment remedies for these pesky critters.

Finally, turn to focus on your flower beds and pots. You might have to make the difficult decision of what to keep and try to revive versus what to just give up and start over with. Here in Carteret County, we are blessed with an abundance of garden centers that have a helpful staff dedicated to helping you find exactly the right plants for your home.

Once you’re all done, make sure to set a regular schedule for routine maintenance. Setting aside a few hours a week to dedicate to your yard will give you an excuse to get outside, and keep things looking great throughout the year! You’ll be in awe of your hard work every time you pull into your driveway, which will motivate you to keep the inside of your house clean and looking good, too.

Work From The Top Down

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Focusing on small victories is key to Spring cleaning your coastal home. By starting at the top, you can concentrate on some of the particularly tricky aspects of de-cluttering and move to the normally easier aspects as you go.

The Kids Rooms

For most two-story homes, the kid’s rooms and playrooms are found on the top floor. These tend to be the parts of your house that gather the most ‘stuff’ and never seem organized. Purging gifts, toys, and clothes can be a particularly tricky situation for most, but if you go about it in the right way, it can be satisfying for everyone. Start by gathering a few large boxes and label them ‘Keep’, ‘Yard Sale/Donate’ and ‘Trash.’ Make it a game with your kids to decide which objects are going to go in which bin, and let them drop the items in themselves.

Depending on how much stuff you’ve accumulated in these areas, you might want to try and focus to spread the load out equally, or for every one item kept, two will go in the Yard Sale box. If your kids are fighting you on letting go, tell them that the money you raise from their items can go towards something big they’ve been dreaming for – basketball hoop, vacation, or even into their college fund.

When you’re all done, find a home for everything in the keep pile, and maybe invest in some shelving units to help clean things up a bit. Decide whether or not your willing to host a Yard Sale, and if not considering donating the items to a local non-profit, and reap the tax benefits. Saying your going to host a Yard Sale later in the year is easy, but will just add more clutter to some of your spaces- make the decision to try and sell everything or give it all away within the next few weeks!

TIP: Keep an Eye out for Community Yard Sale Days & Pages

Community Yard Sales

  • Emerald Isle always has one around the beginning of April. You can send a list of items you’ll have and the group will share it with their followers. It’s a totally free way to spread the word and clear some stuff out! Find more information on the Emerald Isle City Wide Yard Sale Facebook Page
  • Swansboro usually hosts theirs at the Municipal Park in May. There may be limited spots available so don’t wait to register! For more info visit the Town of Swansboro’s Facebook Page and check their events tab.
  • Search for a community Yard Sale Page in your neighborhood and post the items that you have for sale, just be sure to use caution if you plan on meeting anyone or having them to your house. Many local Police Stations have designated & monitored areas for internet sale exchanges.

Tackle Spring Cleaning Your Coastal Home by De-Cluttering the Closets

Picking out an outfit for the day can feel like one of the most difficult daily chores, but if your closet is clean and organized- the perfect pieces for the day will be popping up right in front of your face! Even if you’re not in your dream closet (yet), there are some simple and easy tricks to maximizing space and finding a place for everything.

Where to Start?

Start by removing all of the items you know you’ll never wear and pass them off to a friend or colleague that may enjoy them. (Or even a local domestic violence shelter) An easy way to figure out what you don’t ever really wear is to start with all of your clothes hangers facing the same way. Every time you wear something, turn the hanger the opposite way when you got to put it back. Everything that’s facing the original way after a few months may need to go. Color coordinating can go a long way in stimulating your visual triggers – and is highly recommended if your home is listed for sale. More times than not, a potential buyer is going to look and see what the closet space looks like, and if your clothes are neatly hung in order of light to dark- the space will feel much larger and they will want to do the same if they decide to purchase. Using the same style and colored hangers can also go along way in creating an aesthetic that is sure to please everyone.

TIP: Place a soda can tab over the hook of a hanger, and you’ll be able to hook another hanger onto the other hole. This way you can hang more clothes within the same amount of space.

What’s Next?

Next, focus on the shoes- and throw out any pairs that might be damaged beyond repair (especially with kids!). When you’ve narrowed it down to what you actually plan on wearing, find an easy storage solution like bookshelves or even a basket.

TIP: Use wine bottle box dividers to separate each shoe, so you don’t have to dig to the bottom every time you are looking for that perfect pair.

Scarves, ties, belts, can be stored efficiently by securing plastic shower curtain hooks onto a hanger. Loop the items through the hook and you’ll be able to fit multiple items in the same space as a shirt or pair of pants.

TIP: A belt rod on the back of a door, or secured to a small wall is a great way to store those accessories as well.

No Closet? No Problem!

Even rooms without closets can be clutter-free! Assign everything a place, and make sure that everything is where it’s supposed to be before you leave the room. If you assign everything its own space and not everything fits flush against the walls, you might have too many things and it might be time to catch up on the Marie Kondo method. (Thanks Netflix!)

Lastly, if you’ve got any extra storage space for clothes, jackets, or other accessories that might not be in season- it would be in your best interest to move them there. Knowing North Carolina weather and the sporadic temperatures it brings, you might want to keep a few things on-hand close by for those abnormal days we all love so much.

Take on the Kitchen

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Aside from the daily dish duties and spoiled food purges, you should pay close attention to the cleaning detail of your kitchen. It’s arguably where you spend a lot of your time at home- and it’s sure to be a gathering place when family and friends pay you a visit.

Depending on the size and layout of your kitchen, it might not be a bad idea to spend a day cleaning out all of the cabinets. Try to gather everything on your dining room table and wipe the inside of all your cabinets out, then turn the focus to the cabinets doors and drawer handles. 

TIP: Mr. Clean Magic Erasers might be the best trick if you have all white materials.

While you’re in the process of cleaning out your cabinets, take a second to think about the layout of what’s in each nook, and the size of the materials going in it. If you’re constantly cramming dishes into a single drawer, or fighting to remove the Crock-Pot from a corner cabinet- there might be better locations for bulky items. It might also be time to get rid of some of the items that don’t get used.

TIP: Try to give everything a specific place, and leave the countertops clear of everything except the essentials (Paper towels, soap, and a coffee maker- because that should always be handy and will probably help you clean the rest of the house).

Moving on to the Pantry

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You should once again take everything out to inspect expiration dates, clean shelves, and make the decision to decide which items should be placed where. While everything is out, considering re-painting or touching up some scuff marks as necessary. Definitely don’t forget to sweep or vacuum those hard-to-reach areas which are sure to gather crumbs from the cookie monster in your house. Consider purchasing plastic containers or glass jars to hold awkwardly shaped and small items, especially if they’re going to be stored in a place that everyone will be able to see. If there’s plenty of room to spare after organizing your food items, consider making a space for bulkier kitchen appliances like Crock-Pots, Mixers, Air-Fryers, etc.

Cleaning the refrigerator out is certainly a chore, but one that might make the most impact in presenting your home. Once again, take everything out and place them in coolers if possible. Most of the racks and drawers are removable, so take those out and place them in the sink. Windex and paper towels or Clorox wipes are going to be best for scrubbing those sticky messes and cleaning up the occasional crumb. Just make sure to dry everything off so the moisture doesn’t build up over time.

TIP: Keep an opened box of Baking Soda in the fridge to help eliminate odors and replace it with a new package every 3 months.

The freezer is a bit trickier, but the biggest thing is to make sure that all items with freezer-burn are thrown away, and space is occupied properly.

Microwave and Stove Top Cleaning Tips

Finally, turn your focus to the microwave, oven, and stove-top. Since these are the areas that get the most use, they are going to need the most attention. Starting with your microwave, wipe the outside off with a mild cleaning solution, and make sure to scrub the buttons and handle, since they are always touched – and usually not with clean hands. One of the easiest tricks to cleaning the inside of your microwave is to cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a small glass bowl and add about a 1/2 cup of water. Place the lemons into the bowl and put them in the microwave for 3 minutes. Let the mixture stand for another 5 minutes, then pull it out and wipe all the walls with a rag or sponge. Always remember to cover items like soup with a wet paper towel to avoid messes the next time around.

Once the microwave is cleaned up, move down to the stove-top. If you’ve got a traditional stove-top with the coiled burners, it might be easier to replace the metal bowls underneath than to try and scrub them out. For those with the more modern glass-top stove, take a trip to your local hardware store for some Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner. Follow the instructions on the bottle and watch your stove return to that like-new stage once again. Wipe off all the outside edges which may have collected grease or dust over the last few months, and then open up the oven and get ready.

Most newer overs have a self-clean mode which will burn a majority of the gunk inside away. It’s a bit of a lengthy process, but you’ll want to make sure you’re around in case that anything happens. Fair warning – This process tends to produce a strong odor, make sure to keep your windows open if the weather permits, and put a few drops of Purification in your diffuser.  Once the cleaning is done and the oven has cooled off, remove the racks and scrape any leftover residue off. Wipe the glass off with a wet sponge or paper towel, and avoid using Windex on the inside (instead, you can use a combo of vinegar and water), but feel free to use it on the outside. If your oven has a storage space underneath for pots and pans, remove all those as well, clean, and organize.

Clean and wipe out the sink, make yourself a nice drink and warn the rest of the house that the kitchen is cleaned and they don’t want to see how mad you can get if they mess it up right after.

Scrub the Bathrooms

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Oftentimes the shared bathroom mainly for guests will stay relatively clean, but the ones most used and usually connected to bedrooms tend to get neglected. As is the case with almost everything else, it’s so easy to keep the room tidy once it’s that way already. Products tend to accumulate over time and can sometimes get overwhelming. Start with a purge of what you don’t use, and find an appropriate place for all the products you do use.

TIP: There are plenty of useful makeup holders available at local retailers and across the internet.

Start with the shower and scrub off all the soap scum with a half vinegar & water solution in a spray bottle. Allow the mixture to sit on the affected areas for about 15 minutes, then use a soft-bristle brush to wipe off and rinse with hot water. You can use the same method for your glass shower door (if you have one), but make sure you dry it completely after.

TIP: Keep this area looking spotless, spray with Rain-x and rub in with a paper towel.

After each use, be sure to squeegee all the remaining water down to the shower floor. Wipe off all of the products you keep in the shower before placing them back on the shelf.

Then, move your focus to the toilet and take care of that. Take into consideration that the outside of the bowl can use a wipe-down as well. Once that area is conquered, wipe out the sinks and apply your favorite glass cleaner to all the mirrors. Finally, sweep or vacuum the floors, fill up your diffuser for a little aromatherapy, and enjoy the environment next time you go to use the restroom.

Grab a Drink and Call it a Day

Spring cocktails, Drinks for Spring

When you’re finally done Spring cleaning your coastal home it’s time to have some fun in the sun! Spend the rest of your day/evening enjoying some of the Crystal Coast’s awesome restaurants, or hit the beach for a family picnic. Just make sure to wipe your feet before you come back into the house!

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Preparing Your Home for the Winter

Are You & Your Home Ready for the Winter Season?

Take a look at some of these great tips to help prepare for the cold months that are to come.


We all depend on our heating systems to keep us warm and comfortable when the temperature drops.  There are some things you can do to help your home stay nice and toasty when you need it!

Do you have a fireplace?  Whether it’s a gas or wood burning fireplace it is important to get it checked out.  Hiring a professional to check the chimney on your wood burning fireplace for any critters that may have made a home, that the damper is functioning properly and also for any cracks or crumbling masonry will get a jump on any repairs that may be needed.  This will help to ensure any issues are addressed immediately to prevent future problems.  Gas burning fireplaces should be checked as well to make sure they will function properly before use to identify serious problems such as checking the lines for any carbon monoxide leaks, cleaning the blower and checking the pilot light.


This beautiful gas-log fireplace warms the room in more ways than one. Whether you plan on using your fireplace throughout the winter, or are just closing it up for the season- it’s crucial for the safety and protection of your home to have a professional check to make sure it’s in working condition.

The following winter maintenance schedule (Provided by Old Republic Home Protection) can help you prepare your home for winter weather and keep your home systems and appliances in tip-top shape!

  • Plumbing
    • Close and drain hose bibs
    • Inspect Water Heater temperature pressure relief valve for signs of leaks or discharge
  • Electrical
    • Ensure flashlights have fresh batteries in case of a power outage
  • Heating & Cooling
    • Have fireplaces and flues inspected and cleaned; repair as needed
    • Schedule heating system tune-up and cleaning
  • Exterior
    • Check paint, siding, or masonry for deterioration (detereriorated paint can lead to widespread rot)
      • One topcoat of paint sohuld last four or five years, but coats can last twice as long
    • Trim foundation plantings to leave a foot of clear space between plants and home
    • Rake debris away from house and other structures
    • Clean gutters and downspouts; repair as needed
    • Check roof and roof penetrations for leaks
    • Check exterior house siding for signs of rot
    • Trim any tree branches near or touching roof or gutters
    • Check all exterior caulk; repair as needed
    • Insulate for winter
      • On a windy day, feel around the edges of doors, windows, and fireplaces for any air leaks
      • Look for dust piles as clues to leaks
      • Caulk and repair weather stripping as needed
    • Clear debris from storm window weep holes
    • Clean out under decks and porches, as well as the space between deck boards
    • Clean out basement window wells

The contents of this blog was prepared by:

Jane Burger

Broker/REALTOR®


Jane Burger- Broker/REALTOR with Bluewater Real Estate in Emerald Isle, NC

Maintain your Vacation Rental for the Next Season


Maintaining and Updating your Vacation Rental during the Off Season

Recently we had a homeowner do a complete remodel of her unit. She chose her updates wisely and what a HUGE impact her choices made.

Consider new living room furniture and flooring
Sofas that look dingy, saggy and outdated are an instant turn-off to renters. Many times, your living room photo is the first thing that guests see from your web presentation and often immediately sends them clicking the next house. Replace worn, mismatched and dated pieces, and please don’t use plastic outdoor furniture indoors! Worn and dirty carpet holds moisture, odors, dirt and hair. We recommend replacing carpet in the main living areas with laminate or wood-look vinyl/tile for a low-maintenance, easy to clean surface that looks fresh and modern.

Before                                                                                        

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After

living/bedroom makeover

9 Steps to Wonderful

During the off season be sure to take advantage of updating your property. Returning guests like to see that their well earned money is spent on where they vacation. When they see updates they are more likely to continue renting the same property. So, try to keep your usuals by doing some of the following:

1 Paint. Try light and coastal colors like these

 
  color palette

2 Change the cushions on your couch or invest in re-upholstery or a slipcover

 chair makeover

3 Update throw pillows in living room

 

4 New comforters/quilts

5  Updated TVs (the flat screens go on sale during Thanksgiving)

BONUS: Streaming HDMI devices such as Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Roku are an exciting low-cost addition to bedrooms, media rooms and game rooms! These devices connect to Wi-Fi and plug into an HDMI port to allow your guests to use their own Netflix, Hulu and premium channel accounts. These devices are a one-time cost and range from $35-50 each, and can be purchased online or at retailers like Walmart, Sam’s Club and Best Buy. We recommend Roku – it has a remote!

6 Update to neutral or modern curtains including shower curtains and living room and bedrooms

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7 Remove all items that may be fading or collecting dust like faux floral arrangements

8 New dining room table and chairs or just new chair cushions

Rental Dining Room Makeover:

9 Replace or remove artwork on the walls (dated/faded)

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Inexpensive Solutions

Furniture Solutions

Re-upholster your couch instead of buying a new one

Replace throw pillows on couches and beds for a quick refresh

Slip Covers on couches

Make or Replace Dining Room Chair Cushions – Ikea

PAINT!!! 

This makes the biggest impact in a room. A little fresh paint can change the entire mood of a room

Decor

New Artwork- Hobby Lobby, Ikea, Big Lots, Target

Throw Rug in Living Space if Floors are not updated

Visit our Pinterest DIY Page HERE for How To’s


Audio Visual How To

Take away from this short video–Try these simple changes to transform a small coastal room:

Stick with neutrals in smaller spaces

Bedskirt , Hand Stitched Shams and light coverlet

Light color and light weight Curtains

Sleek lighting

Throw for the end of the bed and pattern

Long Floating Shelf

Think Color, Pattern, Organization and Space

When to Replace bedding and household linens
Replace every year: Pillows, shower curtains, mattress pads. Check blankets and throw rugs for stains and wear.

Every 2-3 years: Comforters/quilts, throw pillows, area rugs. Check curtains for sun bleaching and wear.


Have you replaced your mattresses since 2009? Mattresses should be replaced after 7 years. Uncomfortable mattresses account for a large number of negative reviews and guest complaints and make a big impact on your guest’s choice to return for next year. Don’t forget to check sleeper sofa and trundle mattresses as well.
Please schedule all of your household linens to be washed. This service is offered on your addendum!

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For the 2017 Rental Season!
Need advice on prioritizing your updates to maximize income? Let us help.
propertymanagers@bluewaternc.com Homeowner Hotline: (866) 848-8080
Each season, we continue to see stronger rentals throughout the year as a result of home improvements. Guests are more likely to leave reviews and ratings for rentals where the owner is actively making updates and 65% more likely to return to that same rental for the next year. Repeat guests are an important part of both our success and yours. Here are some simple updates you should be doing this winter to maximize your bookings and secure more positive reviews and return guests.


New Accent Chairs

New Carpeting

Painted Walls

Artwork


Rearrange Furniture

Painted Walls

All New Furniture

New Flooring


Throw Rug

New Couch

New Flooring

Throw Pillows


Headboards

Comforters

New Flooring

Re-arrange furniture