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Feb. 8, 2021

4 Tips for Instant Living Art Curb Appeal

4 Tips for Instant Curb Appeal

4 Tips for Instant Living Art Curb Appeal

Guest Article by Janet Martini, Co-Owner of Ca-Jan Designs 

Homes and businesses with colorful and attractive landscaping can get more prospective buyers and consumers to the front door than homes or businesses without. Vibrant plants create an inviting and welcoming environment. A home or business without a spacious yard can have this kind of curb appeal without spending an extraordinary amount for landscape design, even if you live or work in a small space such as a studio, apartment, or townhome.  Container gardening is the perfect way to create instant living curb appeal.

Container gardening is a method of gardening that doesn’t need “ground space” to cultivate plants. Plants are grown in different planters, pots, urns, etc. and are arranged at front doors, entryways, patios, pools, even under windows as window boxes. Container gardening is one of the most cost-effective and easy ways to create and maintain instant living appeal. In addition to “eye-catching” appeal, the benefits of container gardening are many:

·         Ability to garden in a variety of places

·         Less space and more mobility

·         Fewer weeds

·         Less physical effort

·         More design possibilities & plant variety

·         Easier to change

·         More accessible

·         No heavy gardening tools

·         Customizable to your preferences, ie, veggies, herbs, flowers-annual, perennials, bulbs, evergreens, etc.

·         Instant Curb Appeal, especially if you are selling your home!

 

Here are some before and after photos where already beautiful homes were greatly enhanced with container gardens.

 

 

Below are container garden components and some tips for creating your own instant living art curb appeal to make your home or business the talk of the town!

 

Container Garden Components:

·         Planter or other container

·         Coffee filters or landscape fabric to cover drainage holes

·         Perlite - provides drainage, moisture control, lightweight

·         Soil – use appropriate for plant type-containing organic material

·         Plants – appropriate to season, light, color preferences

·         Fertilizer – granular/extended release-containing organic material

 

From Your Front Porch to Pool: 4 Tips for Container Gardens

 

           1.   Select Containers that Coordinate with the Style of Your Home or Business

Whether it’s classic, sleek or modern, containers come in many sizes, styles and colors. Keep in mind, you may want to coordinate with the color of your door or trim or add a boost of needed color for your home or business. Whatever style you choose, outdoor planters need a drainage hole(s) to properly drain excess moisture.

 

2.      Use Good Soil

After you select your planters, your next step is to fill them with materials/soil that will provide needed nutrients so your plants will thrive. We recommended that you use soil that contains organic material so don’t skimp on cheap soil; read the label or ask your garden center. Prior to adding soil, we recommend placing a coffee filter or landscape fabric over the drainage hole. By utilizing this, excess moisture will be able to escape but not soil or perlite. The next step before adding potting soil is to add perlite. You can mix perlite with your potting soil or add it on top of your coffee filter/landscape fabric. Perlite is a naturally occurring volcanic glass, which, under pressure becomes a lightweight material that provides drainage and promotes moisture control/root growth. We put perlite directly on top of the coffee filter, filling the container about one-third. Next is your potting soil but don’t add soil until you have your plants, starting with the taller/larger plants first then filling soil into your planter based on size of root balls and ultimate height of plants.

 

 

3.      The Right Plants in the Right Place

The first item for your container garden plant selection is the type of lighting you have. Whether it is a covered front porch or open patio or pool, lighting is very important for success; morning sun (East facing) is cooler than afternoon sun (West facing) so this is key. Full sun, part sun or shade?  If you are unsure how much sun your planters will receive, check prior to purchasing plants or check your mobile phone for a compass app and take note. Once you know proper lighting, we recommend, for staying power of your containers, that you use a combination of evergreens and perennials first and then add seasonal annuals. A good combination is for 75% of your containers to be evergreens/perennials and 25% seasonal annuals.  (For the proper lighting-always check plant tags and/or ask your garden center.) The number of plants for each container will vary based on the size of your planters.

Plant considerations:

·         Use “thriller, filler, spiller” design

·         Select plants with similar needs, ie light, water, soil

·         Use as many woody plants, evergreens, perennials, vines, as possible, highlighting with seasonal annuals

·         Incorporate 2-3 color wheel preferences

 

 

Now, let’s get your Instant Living Art Curb Appeal finished! To create visual appeal for your container gardens, consider how you arrange your plants inside the containers as well as how you place the containers at your home or business.  Taller plants go towards the back and center of the planter, and smaller plants and spillers are in front and/or on the outer sides.

 

Placing your container gardens: Arrange pots with the same plants in them on either side of a doorway, entryway, or walkway. Place smaller pots in odd number of groupings or staggering them on different steps to change the height.

 

4.      Watering and Fertilizing

After installation, use a granular and/or extended-release fertilizer with organic material and sprinkle all about the container. Next, water thoroughly all around the planter at the top of the soil trying to avoid leaves and flowers as much as possible.

 

For ongoing care of your plants, prior to watering, always finger-test approximately 1” into the soil in several places around the planter to determine how dry the soil is before watering. As a general guide, your planters may need to be watered twice a week depending on the season, rain, wind, and temperature, especially if in full sun (sometimes every day in hot summer months). 

                                                        

For outdoor containers:  Water early in the day as watering at night can make the plant susceptible to fungal infections such as mold, root rot and eventual death. Water slowly with the “shower” setting on the hose sprayer (under the leaves of the plants; getting water on the leaves may also induce rot), until water runs from the bottom of the pots to ensure good coverage.

 

“Deadheading”:  removing spent or faded blooms, “dead” heads,” of flowers from a plant.   This promotes new growth/ re-blooming and improves the overall appearance of both the plant and our gardens. Plants have only one mission in mind and that is to make more plants. Once their flowers fade, they get busy focusing on their next task – making seeds. By cutting off the dead blooms, we redirect the plant’s efforts from making seeds to making new blooms. 

 

To deadhead, simply pinch or prune off the finished bloom below the spent flower and just above the first set of healthy leaves. Check to make sure you do not accidentally cut off any new flower buds hiding in the wings.  

Always here to help, contact the experts at Ca-Jan Designs or follow us for inspiration.  

 

 

 

 

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Posted in Community News
Dec. 11, 2020

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Posted in Buying a Home
Dec. 3, 2020

STAYCATION BASKET GIVEAWAY! WIN $250 IN PRIZES!

Congratulations to our WINNER, Hunter! 

Thanks to all who participated in the FUN!

 

WIN A STAYCATION BASKET FILLED WITH $250 IN PRIZES!  ENTER THIS FA-LA-LA FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY ALL OF DECEMBER HERE!

 

(THANKS FOR STOPPING BY, THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED)

Sponsored by Carolinas Dream Team & Ameris Bank

Questions?  Give us a call at 704.802.9998!

 

Click HERE to like our FACEBOOK PAGE for the most up-to-date announcements and to view the LIVE ANNOUNCEMENT for the winner!

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FULL CONTEST RULES:  MUST BE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OLD TO ENTER. ONLY 1 ENTRY PER PERSON.  ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BETWEEN DECEMBER 1, 2020 AND DECEMBER 31, 2020 TO BE INCLUDED IN RANDOM DRAWING. MUST LIVE WITHIN 40 MILES OF BB&T BALLPARK, CHARLOTTE, NC TO WIN.  WINNER ANNOUNCED JANUARY 4, 2021 VIA FACEBOOK AND WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA PHONE OR E-MAIL. PRIZE TO BE PICKED-UP AT CAROLINAS DREAM TEAM FORT MILL OFFICE WITHIN 14 DAYS OF WINNER NOTIFICATION.   AT LEAST 2 ENTRANTS REQUIRED FOR CONTEST TO OCCUR.  ODDS OF WINNING ARE BASED ON NUMBERS OF ENTRANTS.  ONE PRIZE TO BE AWARDED.  NAME OF WINNER AVAILABLE ON REQUEST (NO OTHER INFO WILL BE PROVIDED FOR PRIVACY CONCERNS).  OFFER MAY BE DISCONTINUED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE.  

 

Dec. 3, 2020

Your New Home Office: Design and Renovation Tips

Guest article from Ideaspired 

 

Your New Home Office:
Design and Renovation Tips

 

Your home office is more than just a spot in your house where you work. It’s where you generate ideas, prosper your business, and earn your living. Without a well thought out space, your mindset and productivity can suffer. For these reasons, Carolinas Dream Team offers the following ideas: 

 

Consider Location

Just because you do not work out of a brick-and-mortar office does not mean you do not have to worry about your home business's location. Think of how many items and how much equipment you need to meet your customers’ needs, as well as what arrangement will lead to optimal efficiency and comfort. That way, you know how much space your home business requires.

 

Furthermore, carefully plan where to set up your office in your home. You may not want to position your headquarters in a part of your house that gets a lot of foot traffic if you're easily distracted. If you'll welcome customers and clients into your space, consider how you want them to enter, leave and navigate their way through your home. You may even want to build or establish a small waiting area for customers and clients.

 

Sometimes your new workspace is right in front of you; perhaps your garage could be appropriately converted, or your formal dining area is just collecting dust. Think through areas in your home that have the elbow room you need but don’t get a lot of use on a routine basis.

 

Of course, another option is adding on space. Perhaps you have space for a shed that could house your work, or a bump out would provide enough room. Get prices and estimates for whatever solution you’re considering so you can gauge what will be your most practical solution. 

 

And if you simply can’t figure out how to make it work, it might be time to consider upsizing to a larger house. If that is the solution you’re considering, Your Richest Life suggests thinking about things like how your goals will be impacted and what your priorities are.

 

Home Buying Basics

 

Sometimes buying a home is the most practical solution to adding space. Do not forget the common steps involved with buying a home, such as figuring out how much house you can afford, working with a real estate professional and getting loan preapproval with help from Carolinas Dream Team. They can help you sort out what’s available and coordinate that with both your business and personal priorities. After all, you do not want to have a fantastic business base but feel unsatisfied with other rooms and aspects of your home. Also, the sooner you tend to the homebuying basics, the faster you can get back to planning your company.

 

Select Decor That Supports Your Workflow

No matter which industry you work in, you need home office decor that sustains your productivity, creativity and inspiration. Bring in warm, natural light with large open windows in your workspace. EcoWatch points out that adding potted plants can be good for your mindset, so think about a few near your work area. If your job comes with a lot of stress, consider decorating your home office with natural materials or adding wooden walls. 

 

Optimize Light and Minimize Noise

Your home office must have proper lighting, which can reduce eye fatigue and headaches. You may work in a better mood when you have plenty of natural light spilling in near your desk, which can release endorphins. Establish a balance of natural, overhead and lamp light in your office, so you can easily control the amount of luminescence flooding your space.

 

While you want to bring a lot of light into your home office, you likely want to block off as much noise as you can. If you live with other people or have pets or kids, installing a solid core door for your home-based business helps to minimize noise.


While it's convenient to establish your business in your home, you must design and construct the spacewith utmost care. Put these tips to good use, and work with the experienced realtors of Carolinas Dream Team to find and develop the most productive home office space possible.

 

Photo: Pexels

 

 

Posted in Real Estate News
Nov. 1, 2020

Enter to WIN a FREE FLAT TOP GRILL! NOVEMBER RECIPE CONTEST!

 

 

 

 

 

GAME DAY RECIPE CONTEST! 

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

 

 

 

➡️ Submit your entry HERE between November 1, 2020 and November 19, 2020.  Only 1 entry per household (see full contest rules below).  

 

➡️  Winner will be announced via Facebook on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020 (and will also be notified via phone / e-mail). 

 Click HERE to like our FACEBOOK PAGE for the most up-to-date announcements and to view the LIVE ANNOUNCEMENT for the winner!

 

Questions?  Give us a call at 704.802.9998!

 

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Sept. 18, 2020

7 Ways to Make Your Home Sell Faster After COVID-19

by HomeLight

Putting your house on the market can be nerve wracking, especially when you need to move relatively quickly. After all, who needs the anxiety of counting the days until the property is sold and they can move on with their lives? No one!

Here are 7 ways you can do to get your house sold quickly in a post-COVID-19 world.

1. Choose a top selling real estate agent

If your house is on the market for a significant amount of time, maybe it’s time to find yourself a top-selling realtor with a proven track record. Your agent should have a solid marketing strategy and be as committed to selling your house as you are! 

2. Choose the right time to list your home

Homeowners who aren’t pressed for time should gauge the market to see when’s the best time to put their property on the market. Your real estate agent can help you by giving you insight on market trends and when the local real estate market performs the best.

3. Don’t skimp on quality photographs

Photographs are going to be the first introduction buyers will get to your home. Although cameras on our smartphones can take lovely photos, it’s not the same as the photos a professional can take. They’ll know how to take pictures that highlight the best parts of your home.

4. Remove personalization

You may have painstakingly chosen the decor of your house so that it reflects your likes and tastes, but unfortunately not everyone is going to appreciate your fondness for bold colors. In order to appeal to as many buyers as possible, stick to a neutral decor and color scheme. The name of the game is to allow the buyers to visualize themselves living in the home. 

5. Declutter and deep clean

It should go without saying that you’d want to make sure your home is in pristine condition when buyers walk through. But, while the house may look clean on the surface, it’s important to do a deep clean at least once before agents bring clients to your house. They’re going to look at things that you may not even think of when doing normal house cleaning, such as decluttering the junk drawers, sorting through the cabinets and pantry, cleaning the inside of the oven, and so on. 

6. Price the house appropriately

If you asked anyone who has sold a house before, they’re likely to tell you that they didn’t get as much as they thought they would for their house. Even if you have done a lot of work to the house, you still don’t want to price it too high. Let your agent guide you in this because they’ll look at comparable houses in the area to see what price range you should list your home for. 

7. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback

Not every buyer who views your house is going to want to put an offer on it, regardless of how immaculate it is. This is the perfect opportunity to ask the buyer’s agent to have their clients leave feedback on the house and what they did and didn’t like about it. This information can be used to make changes around the house so that there’s a higher chance of getting an offer the next time. 

Selling your house quickly after COVID-19 is possible. With a little bit of cunning marketing, a savvy real estate agent, and listing at the right price, your house could be sold and you can move on to the next phase of your life!

 

For more on COVID-19 and the real estate comeback, check out HomeLight’s Top Agent Insight Survey from Q2.

 

For more information about buying, selling or investing in the Greater Charlotte Area, CLICK HERE!

 

Posted in Selling Your Home
Aug. 1, 2020

Enter to WIN a FREE HOUSE PAYMENT! AUGUST GIVEAWAY!

 

 

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED!  CONGRATULATIONS TO  OUR WINNER, KAMMA!!!

 

 

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

 

➡️ Submit your entry HERE between August 1, 2020 and August 19, 2020.  You may also call us at 704.802.9998 to enter.  Only 1 entry per household (see full contest rules below).  

 

➡️  Winner will be announced via Facebook on FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2020 (and will also be notified via phone / e-mail). 

 

Click HERE to like our FACEBOOK PAGE for the most up-to-date announcements and to view the LIVE ANNOUNCEMENT for the winner!

 

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FULL CONTEST RULES:  MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD TO ENTER.  ONLY 1 ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD.  ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED AUGUST 1, 2020 AND AUGUST 19,2020 TO BE INCLUDED IN RANDOM DRAWING.  MUST LIVE WITHIN 40 MILES OF BB&T BALLPARK, CHARLOTTE, NC TO WIN.  MORTGAGE OR RENT PAYMENT MUST BE PAID DIRECTLY TO LOAN OR RENTAL PROVIDER, AND WINNER MUST BE ABLE TO PROVIDE US WITH A RENT/MORTGAGE BILL THAT MATCHES THE NAME AND ADDRESS ON YOUR PHOTO ID.  IF YOUR MORTGAGE OR RENT IS LESS THAN $1500, THE REMAINING AMOUNT IS NOT TRANSFERABLE OR USABLE.  ONLY THE EXACT AMOUNT OR UP TO $1500 WILL BE COVERED.  WINNER ANNOUNCED FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2020 VIA FACEBOOK AND WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA PHONE OR E-MAIL.   AT LEAST 2 ENTRANTS REQUIRED FOR DRAWING TO OCCUR.  ODDS OF WINNING ARE BASED ON NUMBERS OF ENTRANTS.  ONE PRIZE TO BE AWARDED.  NAME OF WINNER AVAILABLE ON REQUEST (NO OTHER INFO WILL BE PROVIDED FOR PRIVACY CONCERNS).  OFFER MAY BE DISCONTINUED AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE.  

 

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July 8, 2020

Meet Jen Napoli

 

Get to know our CDT Family!

 

 

𝗠𝗘𝗘𝗧: Jen Napoli 🌸🌸🌸
𝗥𝗢𝗟𝗘 𝗔𝗧 𝗖𝗗𝗧: Director of Operations 📈
𝗕𝗜𝗥𝗧𝗛𝗗𝗔𝗬: January 6 🎂

🏠♥️ What you love about Real Estate:
I love being able to support and help clients during such an important decision and moment in their families' lives. I love being able to support our team and agents as they work toward achieving big goals for themselves and families personally and professionally.
👉 Where are you from:
My family and I lived in Bergen County, NJ for most of my childhood and then moved to Passaic County, NJ. 🏠📦
🍹 Favorite Charlotte area spots:
We have been in the #Charlotte area for 4 years now and love how much there is to do! There have been so many cool spots we’ve discovered between fun restaurants/bars in South End, Charlotte- Seoul Meat Market and Hoppin & also we love bringing the kids to explore the outdoors at the Greenways and parks. 🌳🌳🌳
• What you do in your spare time:
I love all crafty things, bike riding with the family, traveling, and Crossfit.🚵‍♀️🏋️‍♀️
• What's the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time? I love finding and flipping different furniture pieces. 🛠
• 3 Words to Describe You: 💪 Motivated, Passionate, Caring 🥰
• Something no one would guess about you:
I’m sure everyone knows this by now, but I’m not a hugger 🚫🤗✌️
• 👉 Other Fun Facts?
🀄️ I was born in Seoul, Korea and lived there for the first 6 months of my life.
💯 I absolutely couldn’t live without brussel sprouts or Cheddar Sour Cream chips...you know, just the basic necessities of life.

Posted in All About Our Team
March 19, 2020

Carolinas Dream Team and COVID-19

At the CORE of Carolinas Dream Team at Keller Williams Realty are the PEOPLE that we SERVE. The relationships that have intertwined with real estate and became family along the way No matter your need, business or personal, we are here for YOU

Covid-19 and Carolinas Dream Team

Covid-19 and Carolinas Dream Team

Covid-19 and Carolinas Dream Team

Wishing you all our best,

Carolinas Dream Team

704.802.9998

www.CarolinasDreamTeam.com

 

Posted in Real Estate News
April 30, 2019

Career Fair

Posted in Community Events