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DIY Popcorn Ceiling Removal

IN HONOR OF NATIONAL POPCORN DAY, WE ARE GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU HOW YOU CAN HAVE A SMOOTH CEILING IN NO TIME…OR MAYBE JUST ENOUGH TIME TO EAT A BOWL OF POPCORN 😉

Tools You’ll Need:

  • large drywall scraper
  • drywall knife
  • paint roller and extension handle
  • Drop Cloth (to catch all the debris)
  • Water and Spray Bottle
  • Face Mask
  • Asbestos Test Kit
  • Popcorn…for when you’re done! (Totally optional, but who doesn’t want popcorn as a reward?!)

BEFORE YOU START:  Check for asbestos with your kit. You need to be sure!

STEP ONE: PREP THE ROOM

Remove furniture from the space, or move it to the center of the space and cover with plastic sheeting. By laying down a drop cloth and plastic sheeting, you’ll protect flooring and furnishings from dust and debris and it will be easy clean up after you’re done.

STEP TWO: SPRAY WATER ON THE CEILING

Fill a spray bottle with warm water, then spray one small section (10 square feet) of ceiling at a time. Let it sit for about 20 minutes. Don’t over saturate the popcorn coating, as it could damage the underlying drywall surface.

STEP THREE: REMOVE THE POPCORN

Slowly remove the popcorn coating from the drywall with a wide drywall scraper, working one section at a time.

STEP FOUR: TOUCH UP CEILING AND CLEAN UP

Apply drywall compound to any problem areas using a drywall knife to get a smooth skim. After applying compound, collect drop cloth and plastic sheeting and empty contents in trash. (DONT THROW AWAY. THE SHEETING WILL BE OF GOOD USE IN THE NEXT STEP). Allow drywall compound to dry overnight, then lightly sand and wipe clean with a sanding block and damp cloth.

STEP FIVE: PRIME AND PAINT!

Paint the ceiling with paint and roller with an extension attachment. Use a tinted paint that dries white to help you with the process.

STEP SIX: BASK IN ALL YOUR AWESOMENESS

Break out that popcorn, sit back and stare up at your ceiling. You’ve earned it!!

(Thanks to the DIY NETWORK on the technical steps.) 

How to PREVENT Busted Pipes!!!

 


Tips to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing This Winter


One of the biggest issues during winter are water pipes freezing and possibly bursting. Frozen pipes can be a serious problem if they do burst and — depending on the damage — can cost quite a bit to fix. Not to mention it creates a mess and leaves you without running water.

If you are new to an area where frozen pipes are an issue, keep reading.

Obviously, the best way of avoiding frozen water pipes is learning what to do to prevent it from happening in the first place. It doesn’t take much effort to insulate and prepare waterlines for freezing temps. Below you will find some helpful tips to prevent and also monitor your freezing pipe conditions.


PREVENT YOUR PIPES FROM FREEZING

  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.

  • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you’re leaving the house for an extended period of time.

  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.

  • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)

  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.

  • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.

  • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.

  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.

  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.

MONITOR FREEZING PIPE CONDITIONS

  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing.

  • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.

  • Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.

  • Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces. These tend to be vulnerable to freezing conditions.

  • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase and caulk gaps that are near pipes.

3 Reasons Why You Should List Your Home During the Holidays!

If you ask someone when the best time to sell a home, they will most likely tell you that Spring and Summer are the best times. While it is true that many buyers plan to move into new homes during the warmer months, it doesn’t mean ALL serious buyers disappear after Labor Day.


If your home is for sale now, you’re actually in a great position to sell your home faster and for more money by taking advantage of the unique characteristics of the holiday selling season. Check out these three reasons why:


1. Less Competition

You’re not the only homeowner who’s considered taking your home off the market during the holidays—most don’t want the hassle. And most new sellers will decide to wait until springtime to put their homes up for sale.

That’s great news for you because you won’t have to compete with dozens of other homes just like yours to get buyers’ attention. Reduced inventory means more buyers checking out your home, either online or in person. Keep their attention by making sure your home is priced to sell and that your home is in “show” condition at all times. Staging is a great way to ensure “show quality”. Always remember, paying for staging is WAY CHEAPER than any price reduction on your home price.

2. Motivated Buyers

Anyone who takes time out of their busy holiday schedule to shop for a new home is serious about buying now. Perhaps they are buying a home for tax reasons or are relocating to start a new job in the new year. Maybe they’ve been looking for months and just haven’t found that perfect home yet.

Whatever their reason, make it easy for these folks to get a good look at your home by staying flexible with your showing times and be open to negotiating contract terms that work with their schedules.

3. Your Home Looks Great

Emotion plays a huge role in which home a buyer purchase, and you can capitalize on that by making your home cozy and cheery during showings. Tasteful decorations and a minimum of clutter will allow buyers to see their own families celebrating the holidays in your home next year.

Make sure your decorations enhance rather than detract from your home’s best features, and remember to remove them as soon as the season is over. Don’t forget about the sense of smell either! When you think of holiday smells, you think of cider, pies, cakes, and cookies! Find a candle that will feel the air with love or bake some cookies before a showing!

At the end of the day, your best bet is getting your home sold fast and for top dollar by choosing a pro with Chantel Ray Real Estate.

Not only do we have your best interest in mind, but if we don’t sell your home in 30 days, or commission is free!

Also, we don’t have any locked in contracts, so if it’s not what you envisioned, then you can fire us…no questions asked!

Schedule your first listing appointment here!

List Your House TODAY!

This is the time to sell your home.

If you’re thinking of selling your home this year, this is the perfect time to sell it. The demand for your home compared to other houses listed for sale is at an all-time HIGH.

Houses will sell in November and December.

“In fact, several studies show that, on average, homes listed during this time are more likely to sell, sell more quickly, and sell closer to the asking price. November, in particular, has some unique advantages that make it an ideal time to sell,” according to Trulia.

Why sell RIGHT NOW?

Millennial buyers.

Less competition.

The schedule of millennial buyers is year round. They are typically not married or not scheduling their life around kids just yet. Which means your home for sale in the winter months will still be their dream home. Selling your home in the winter will benefit you. There will be less competition leaving, even more, potential buyers checking out your home.

The bottom line is that there is a high demand for your home right now.

Curious to see how much your home is worth on the market today?

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The Neighborhood Scoop: Moyock

 Moyock in North Carolina is a historic neighborhood with plenty to offer. Stop and visit all the local shops and restaurants (known for its BBQ and seafood) to get the small town feel in Moyock. Make Moyock your next home destination!

REAL ESTATE

Moyock, North Carolina, is a popular destination for Hampton Roads commuters. It is located on the Virginia State border and 25 miles from Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia. The location of Moyock is a tourist attraction on the way to Outer Banks with plenty of golf courses, restaurants, roadside farm stands and local business.

Moyock’s median real estate price is $279,065, which is more expensive than 82.3% of the neighborhoods in North Carolina and 66.1% of the neighborhoods in the U.S.

The average rental price in Moyock is currently $1,204, based on NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive analysis. The average rental cost in this neighborhood is higher than 73.9% of the neighborhoods in North Carolina.

Moyock real estate is primarily made up of medium sized to large single-family homes and mobile homes. Most of the residential real estate is owner-occupied. Many of the residences in Moyock are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. A number of residences were also built between 2000 and the present.


CHECK OUT HOMES IN THIS AMAZING NEIGHBORHOOD RIGHT HERE!

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