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June
29

Hosting Tips for Your Housewarming Party

housewarming hosting

You've looked at countless Raleigh homes for sale, and you've finally found the one. Is it too early to start planning your housewarming party? Not at all! A housewarming party is a perfect opportunity to show off your new home to your friends, celebrate with those you care about most, and just relax in your own space. The following are some hosting tips that may come in handy as you plan and hold your housewarming.

  • Plan on Giving House Tours
    Your guests are going to want to see your home. So, make sure it is tidied up and ready for visitors. It's okay to close off a bedroom or two if there are things you want to keep private, but for the most part, you want the whole of your home to be clean and ready for visitors. If you're still holding on to empty boxes and bubble wrap from your move, this is great motivation to get rid of it.

  • Serve Appetizers and Finger Foods
    Serving a sit-down meal at a housewarming party is more work than it's worth. Plus, with all of your guests roaming around and checking out the house, gathering everyone to eat at the same time will be tough. Serve a variety of finger foods and appetizers instead. This way, you and your guests can nibble as you wish.

  • Invite Guests to Drop By
    Having everyone arrive at once can be a little overwhelming when you're giving tours of the home and showing off your favorite decor. When you send out invitations, use the words "stop by between the hours of ___ and ___" so guests know they don't have to be there as soon as the party starts. Some guests will stay for a half-hour, and others may stay the whole time. Building in this flexibility also makes it easy for busy guests to attend.

  • Set Aside a Spot for Gifts
    It's customary for guests to bring a small gift when they attend a housewarming party. Set aside a designated space for these gifts before the party. An end table in the living room is a good choice. Don't use your kitchen counter or island, as you'll need those spots for food and drinks.

  • Open Up the Yard, if Possible
    It's nice to hold a housewarming party in the summer so guests can also mingle in and enjoy your yard. Tidy up your landscaping prior to the party. Also, make sure it's clear that guests are welcome to go outside and enjoy the yard. This may mean propping a door open or barbecuing outside where others can gather around the grill. 

A housewarming party is a great opportunity to show off your new space and welcome others into it as well. With the hosting tips above, you'll be set for success. If you're still on the hunt for the perfect home, feel free to contact us soon. Our real estate agents will be happy to guide you through the house-hunting process, working with you closely every step of the way.

June
22

Plants to Boost Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Plants

Want to purify the air while improving the appearance of your home? Add a few indoor plants to improve your indoor air quality, reduce your stress levels, and enhance your home's aesthetic.

Our real estate agents also know that indoor plants effectively make any space look more inviting. Here are a few plants that will boost your indoor air quality and help your home look its best.

  • Spider Plants
    Spider plants are easy to grow and care for, making them a popular option for homeowners who want to add plants that don't require a lot of time and attention. A spider plant removes formaldehyde, a chemical commonly found in fingernail polish, cigarette smoke, dry cleaning solutions, and other synthetic chemicals. To help your spider plant thrive, you'll want to keep the soil moist and place it in a spot that's semi-sunny or even shady. 
  • Philodendrons
    Philodendrons are another plant that's efficient at purifying your air while being relatively easy to grow. Many homeowners like philodendrons thanks to the lovely heart-shaped leaves. Another benefit of philodendrons is that they're versatile regarding their ideal placement in your home. You can keep philodendrons in a shady spot, or you can house them in a sunnier area as long as you're willing to water them more frequently. 
  • Peace Lilies
    Peace lilies have gorgeous white flowers and remove acetone, alcohols, benzene, and formaldehyde from the air. They need a semi-shady spot in your home, and you'll want to keep the soil moist. 
  • Snake Plants
    When adding your home to the list of Raleigh homes for sale, consider adding snake plants to your entryway or living room. Snake plants are perfect for busy homeowners thanks to their blase watering requirements; water the plant until the soil is moist, then allow the soil to completely dry out before you water it again. This means that you may only need to water your snake plant every two to four weeks. 
  • Bromeliads
    Bromeliads boast a beautifully colored bloom and are effective at removing a number of air pollutants. They do best in a spot with a lot of direct lighting. Make sure that your bromeliad has a pot that allows for ample water drainage, as they are prone to developing root rot. If you notice water gathering in the pot, promptly empty it out. A bromeliad will only live for a year or two; after they flower, they start to die off. They do produce baby bromeliads at their base that you can remove and propagate. 
  • English Ivy
    While English ivy is a popular addition in many gardens, it's also an excellent addition to your collection of indoor plants, offering a classic look and strong pollutant-removing properties. It can grow in full shade or full sun, and over time, you can even direct its growth so that it compliments your home. 
  • Gerbera Daisies
    If you prefer a flowering plant or a species that will add color to your home, gerbera daisies are a terrific selection. They're a little tricky to grow inside because they need a lot of bright light and relatively warm temperatures. A location by a window offers these growing conditions, but too much heat can scorch the leaves. One option is to place your daisies by the window during the morning and then move them before the strong afternoon sun hits. 

Want a home with more space for indoor plants? Contact us to start your search!

June
15

Gardens to Visit in the Triangle This Summer

Raleigh Gardens

If you're looking for a fun summertime activity, look no further than one of the many beautiful botanical gardens in the Triangle. Walking through a garden can help you relax and get some fresh air. Plus, it's a great educational activity to do with the kids. In fact, our real estate agents often visit local gardens to come up with new ideas for their own yards. Here are five botanical gardens you should visit in the Triangle this summer:

  1. JC Raulston Arboretum - 4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606
    Explore 10 whole acres of florals and plants at the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University. This nationally recognized Arboretum is comprised of 20 different themed gardens with a total of 5,000 plants on display. There are also several educational events, games, and food trucks around on the weekends. A weekend trip to this beautiful area is fun for the whole family. You also might like to check out some nearby Raleigh homes for sale

  2. North Carolina Botanical Garden - 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
    Learn all about North Carolina's native plants at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, a conservation area owned and operated by the University of North Carolina. Experience the restorative powers of this beautiful area, which consists of over 1,100 acres of gardens. You can also enjoy a vast array of programs and activities like gardening workshops, educational walks, and summer camps, all within a short distance of Chapel Hill homes for sale

  3. Juniper Level Botanic Garden - 9241 Sauls Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Take a refreshing walk through the 28-acre Juniper Level Botanic Garden with a diverse display of beautiful flora. Want to take some plants home? Shop at the attached Plant Delights Nursery before you go home. Garden tours are by appointment only, or you can visit one of N.C. State's open garden days (usually one weekend each month).

  4. Sarah P. Dukes Gardens - 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708
    Stroll through 5 miles and 55 acres of beautifully landscaped space at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. This property, which is located on Duke University's campus, consists of well-maintained walkways and paths, making it easy to take in the gorgeous scenery. The park is open daily from 8 am to dusk and is located near several Durham homes for sale.
      
  5. The Raleigh Rose Garden - 301 Pogue St, Raleigh, NC 27607
    The Raleigh Rose Garden provides an excellent opportunity to take a nature walk or improve your photography skills. It's one of three accredited rose gardens in the state of North Carolina. You'll find serene landscaping and an extensive display of roses in all different colors. The park is free to the public, and it's open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. 

Beautiful scenery is just one of the many great things about living in the Triangle. Thinking about moving here soon? Our team can help! Contact us today to check out some listings and learn more about the area.

June
8

Cafes With Fantastic Iced Coffee in the Triangle

Iced Coffee Raleigh

When you're looking at the best of Raleigh homes for sale, it's not out of the ordinary to want a refreshing iced coffee to keep your energy going strong. Our real estate agents are big fans of an iced brew, with or without an accompanying donut or sandwich – and you have many options.

Aside from all the familiar chain restaurants you know and love, you'll also find many unique coffee shops, bakeries, and roasteries here in the Triangle. It's just one more part of this innovative area's unique startup culture, which has helped introduce the whole nation to ideas born in Raleigh.

Let's drop in and visit with some of your many options in and around Raleigh:

  • 42 & Lawrence – 134 East Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    42 & Lawrence is a historic spot lauded for its tasty and inspiring seasonal beverages – everything from the "Lemon Zing" to the "Eggnog Latte," the "Butterscotch Gingerbread Latte," and the classic "Peppermint Mocha." Any coffee drink on the menu can be served iced, and there's always something new to try. A full selection of cookies, croissants, and more round out the offerings.

  • Sir Walter Coffee – 242 South Main Street, Suite 118, Holly Springs, NC 27540
    With two nearby locations including one near Holly Springs homes for sale, you're never far from the popular Sir Walter Coffee. It's probably best known for "The Walter Raleigh," which mixes in mocha syrup, simple syrup, and cold brew. It is all shaken with a big dollop of heavy cream and silky smooth vanilla. If you just can't get away from work, you can also order your coffee drink of choice for delivery from either the Holly Springs or Raleigh shop.

  • Crema and More – 421 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27604
    Found within the palatial, skyline-defining confines of One Bank of America Plaza, Crema and More is the engine that keeps many local business owners going strong. In addition to the chai latte, frappe, hot chocolate, and other favorites, you can enjoy a double scoop of ice cream on a homemade waffle cone or chow down on your choice of more than a dozen delicious deli sandwiches, including vegetarian options.

  • Jubala Coffee – 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh, NC 27615
    Jubala Coffee is available from three Raleigh locations and has made a name for itself with its delectable coffees and expansive menu of sandwiches, sweet biscuits, and waffles. Flash brewing over ice is the house style for iced coffee, and it pairs well with the fruit-based "liege waffles" prepared with special pearl sugar. Hot, pressed sandwiches featuring Boulted Bread will leave you feeling ready for the day.

  • BOLT Drinks and Coffee – 400 East Broad Street, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
    Recently celebrating the grand opening of its new location near Fuquay Varina homes for sale you can find BOLT Drinks and Coffee all throughout the Raleigh area. Aside from the iced coffee, you might wish to try one of BOLT's signature chilled energy drinks. These fruity, flavor-forward concoctions include blends like the blue raspberry and lime "Blue Skies," "Hurricane," "Cyclone," "Volcano," "Wapple Monsoon," and "Triple Threat."

Looking for a home near your favorite cafe? Contact us to learn more about real estate opportunities here in the Triangle.

June
1

Summer Learning: Museums in the Triangle

Raleigh Museums

Regarded by many as the birthplace of aviation, North Carolina is packed with historical sites and grand museums. Some of the best of these are only minutes from Raleigh homes for sale, right in the heart of the Triangle. History buffs will love it, and there are plenty of options for kids and families, too.

Our real estate agents know that it's easy to have a fun and educational time in the Raleigh area, no matter if you're visiting or moving in to stay. Let's look at just a few of the many high-quality museums you can explore when you are in the local area this summer:

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences – 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest natural history museum in the southeast and features four floors of exhibits, displays, live animals, gift shops, and cafes. You'll want to make time for both the Nature Exploration Center and the Nature Research Center!

  • North Carolina Museum of History – 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    The collection at the North Carolina Museum of History spans more than 150,000 artifacts and some 14,000 years of North Carolina history. With many dozens of rotating displays at any given time, you can zoom in on whichever era of the state's past most fascinates you.

  • North Carolina Museum of Art – 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
    You could spend the whole day at the North Carolina Museum of Art and still not see everything in more than a dozen galleries. From an initial collection of just 139 objects, it now encompasses a wide range of international artworks.

  • CAM Raleigh – 409 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    CAM Raleigh is the foremost art and design museum in the area and prides itself on an ever-changing experience that truly defies description. Weekly tours start at 2 p.m. every Sunday. Adults and kids alike will enjoy the Creation Station. A whole fleet of local food trucks visits CAM every First Friday.

  • Marbles Kids Museum – 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Brimming with interactive experiences that bring "purposeful play" to kids aged one to 11, Marbles Kids Museum has dozens of things to do – not to mention that kids' museum classic, the giant IMAX screen. The staff will be glad to host your birthday party or other special events!

  • City of Raleigh Museum – 220 Fayetteville Street, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27601
    The City of Raleigh Museum – also known as the COR Museum – is located in one of the city's oldest structures, the 1874 Briggs Building. Group tours are available with advance notice, and admission is always free. No matter the season, the focus is on the past, present, and future of Raleigh.

  • Raleigh Fire Museum – 105 Keeter Center Drive, Raleigh, NC 27601
    You'll need to take care to visit the Raleigh Fire Museum, open on the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 in the afternoon. Tucked within an unassuming spot at the Raleigh Fire Department's Training Center, it features antique fire engines and plenty of vintage department memorabilia.

Contact us to discover more of what Raleigh and the Triangle have to offer.

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