For a region not known for regular heavy snowfall, the Piedmont Triad offers plenty of opportunities for cold-themed fun through ice skating opportunities nearby! Take a look at the schedules and surrounding activities for the options above and make plans to spend a unique afternoon or evening gliding along and laughing with friends and family!
As someone with decades of experience in real estate, there isn’t much I haven’t seen over the years. And outside of partnering with me as your realtor, it’s important to know the work that goes into preparing a house, well before the listing goes live. These steps increase the perceived value of your house as well as showcasing the best features to every potential buyer. You can certainly move faster than this timeline, but be sure to be realistic regarding the work, time, and costs involved so you can keep your stress under control…
On Nov. 11, the following bridges will be closed: Fourth Street (which should open in Jan. 2019), Broad Street (which should open early spring 2019), Liberty Street, Main Street, Church Street and the Strollway pedestrian bridge. The following bridges will be OPEN: Cherry Street, Marshall Street, Brookstown Ave and the Green Street pedestrian bridge. When the first batch of bridges are complete, they will open and then the second batch will close. More to come when I can scan the map.
The holidays are a time for celebration and community. Gatherings filled with laughter and love, memories and special recipes. But bringing together our families and preparing large meals can expose our homes to dangers of fire and safety like no other time of the year. With an average of 455 daily fires, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, according to the National Fire Protection Association. We also have general home safety matters that can impact a great time with family and friends. As we enter the holiday season, a few easy steps and precautions can get you and your home ready for a safe Thanksgiving.
Did You Know?
Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. It is second to Christmas and Christmas Eve with four times as many cooking fires as any typical day of the year. In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to approximately 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving day (source: www.nfpa.org). It’s easy to get distracted or try to save time by setting timers to bake while we are away, but these kinds of small changes in our habits can lead to fires.
Tips to Stay Safe While Cooking
There are some simple steps you can take to ensure that you and your family are safe during the cooking festivities this Thanksgiving season. Use these tips to get started and stay safe:
- Don’t leave cooking unattended. Unattended cooking fires are by far the leading cause of danger.
- Check your cooking equipment and don’t overload electrical circuits. Cooking equipment was involved in nearly half of all reported home fires in recent years.
- Create safe spaces for children that keep them at least 3 feet away from stoves. Remember, cooking turkey and pies and other holiday treats keeps your stove on longer and at higher temperatures than most other days of the year. Special precautions to keep children safe and occupied away from the cooking is a simple safety step.
- Give careful attention to electrical cords from mixers, coffee makers, electric knives, plate warmers, and other equipment to make sure they are stowed safely and not dangling where movement could knock them off counters.
- Keep matches and utility lighters locked in a high cabinet and only light candles with adults present at all times. Candle wax and flames can easily catch tablecloths, napkins, and other flammable surfaces on fire with little warning.
- Finally, make sure to test your smoke alarms before you start cooking, simply push the test button and make sure the alarm chirps as needed, just in case a fire does occur.
Other Ways to Keep Your Home Safe
Cooking poses one real set of dangers, but holidays also open our homes up to other dangers, sometimes without us even realizing our actions are increasing our risks. Here are a few additional tips to help keep your home and guests safe this holiday season:
- Keep exterior doors locked at all times. It can be tempting to leave a key or door unlocked for the arrival of out of town guests, but thieves know the tricks and can easily gain entry in this manner. Instead, consider installing code-driven locks so that you can share a code with guests or arrange to have a neighbor hold onto a key for easy transfer when guests arrive.
- Plan for packages and keep them inside. With the advent of Amazon and other delivery services, it is more common to see boxes and items left on front porches or near doorways. If you are receiving a package, plan on having a neighbor keep an eye out so that your package can be taken indoors efficiently or consider having packages delivered to your place of work instead of your home. Packages on porches are tempting for those with ill intent and monitoring cameras and other devices to help ensure your porches are safe can add to your stress.
- Install motion-detection lighting and regularly keep exterior lights on. With the time change and darker hours earlier, it is easy for those with bad intentions to feel safer under the cloak of darkness. Disturb their sense of safety, and they will look for another home to target. Lighting is the easiest way to bring quick attention to anyone who comes on your porches or in your yard. Make your porch and yard a place that feels like they would be seen and thieves will move on.
Of course, keeping your home safe is about so much more than just fire prevention and locked doors. Your home is a place of memories and safety, family, and friends. And no one understands how to turn a house into a home better than a realtor like me. For nearly 30 years I’ve been helping folks just like you to find, negotiate, stage, and settle into their new houses… that quickly become their homes. Stay safe this Thanksgiving and give me a call at 336-575-7249 when you are ready to buy your next home.
Give me a call when I can help you!! Ellen Dudley, RE/MAX Preferred Properties, 336-575-7249
Winston-Salem is known as the City of Arts and Innovation and the current exhibit featured at Reynolda House Museum of American Art truly lives up to the name. In honor of their 50th Anniversary and expanding presence as a premier exhibit site, the facility has a special Georgia O’Keefe collection on display through November 19, 2017. This collection is only being displayed in three venues, and Reynolda House is the only site south of New York City. A true treat for the mind and eyes, it’s well worth the time to visit and explore (and I’ll share a local secret below on admission!).
Georgia O’Keefe Exhibit
The exhibit goes well beyond the famous artwork and explores aspects of O’Keefe’s life that helped to shape her unique perspective and generate the immense creativity in her expressions. One of O’Keefe’s additional expressions of her art came in her choices of clothing. The exhibit tells the tale of her evolution through various stages of dressing, each focused on communicating a theme and feeling to those who encountered her. This is NOT simply a display of framed artwork, and that adds to the depth of understanding and experience.
Reynolda House Museum
Nestled in the middle of Reynolda Gardens and a part of the Reynolda House itself, the Museum experience is much more than one might expect. The house itself has a rich history in the tobacco-steeped history of Winston-Salem. Enhance your visit by exploring the nearby trails, manicured gardens, purchasing a plant at the on-site greenhouse, or exploring the quaint shops that snake throughout Reynolda Village. There are even several restaurants and coffee shops on site if you want to take a break and discuss all the wonders that surround you.
Located at 2250 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem, the entrance to Reynolda House could be described as out of a fairytale. Reynolda Road is canopied with aged trees and the entrance to the estate is situated directly across from the luxurious Graylyn Estate. Check the website below for hours and other details to prepare for your visit, including suggestions on lodging and nearby local events and restaurants.
Admission is affordable at $18 per person, but there are several ways to gain free admission. Employees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center can use their valid ID cards to gain admission for themselves and one guest for free at any time. Free admission is also granted to Museum members, children 18 and under, students with valid ID, and military personnel with ID. If you don’t fit into one of those categories, the Museum has also recently released admission cards that can be checked out from the Forsyth County Public Library for up to seven days, allowing accessibility for even more of the public!
Use this link to gain immediate access to detailed information about the exhibit, including an online peek at many of the featured pieces and special details on making your visit special.
Nestled in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem is a building with a unique design. If you look at the roofline, you’ll see it almost appears as if someone has laid the hand saw of a giant on its back, with the teeth pointed towards the sky. Inside this building today, creative minds meld and learn in amazing ways. But when it was first built, the building housed creativity and ingenuity in a totally different manner…
As Spring arrives in full force and flowers and trees begin to bloom, mild temperatures and sunny days seem to call to our souls to step outside and take in a bit of nature. The Winston-Salem community offers plenty of opportunities to get out and near nature, whether you are a cyclist, rollerblading fanatic, or just want to stroll along. This month, I’ll share a bit about just a few of the existing greenway trails in the area. But, don’t let this list stop you from exploring further…
As we live in our own spaces, we become somewhat blind to the ways in which our possessions impact the feel and nature of our house. To get a fresh perspective and renew the layout and details of our home, a professional staging expert can be highly valuable in setting a feel and experience that moves your house from “For Sale” to “Sold” faster and closer to your asking price. Take a look below at just a few of the amazing benefits of having your home professionally staged…
A Winston-Salem staple, T.W. Garner, the parent company of Texas Pete, is still family-owned and going strong. They announced in 2015 their plans to break ground on a new corporate headquarters in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem’s revitalized restaurant and arts districts…
The month of February has been designated Black History Month in order to recognize the Civil Rights struggles and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans across our nation. But you don’t have to go far to find landmarks and monuments steeped in history worth exploring. The diversity of our community is vital to the growth and sustainability of our regional culture. Take a day or two to tour, explore, and consider the role each of these had in moving our society to where it is today. It is an honor to live in an area with such a rich history. Here is an overview of a few of the sights I’d suggest exploring as you celebrate Black History Month in and around Winston-Salem, NC…
Winston-Salem has a rich history in Moravian traditions, with some of the best coming in the form of specialty baked goods and treats. Established in 1930, Salem Baking Company is a local supplier of true Moravian cookies, cheese straws, jellies/jams, and shortbread cookies just to name a few. Even if you don’t yet live in the area, chances are you’ve heard of Salem Baking as their goods are sold at wholesale to over 10,000 gourmet and natural food outlets nationwide. What a treat it is to know that their home base is right here in Winston-Salem, bringing jobs, culture, and tradition to our region. Let’s get to know a few of their featured treats better…
As temperatures fall and sweater weather envelops our region, as the leaves shift in colors and fall from the trees, it is the time of year for bonfires and marshmallows, traditions and adventures. The Winston-Salem area has lots to offer throughout the 2016 holiday season. The NC Triad offers many opportunities to take in culture and community, two of the best aspects of living in such a diverse and growing region.
Here are a few of my favorite seasonal traditions to get your started (listed in order of activity’s start date, from soonest to latest).
“The Wizard of Oz” by Carolina Theatre (Greensboro)
- November 11-13 & 18-20
- Fridays & Saturdays 7pm; Saturdays & Sundays 2pm
This year marks the 22nd annual production of this classic children’s tale of adventure. Immerse in the talent of over 100 local artists as they bring to life the adventures of Dorothy and her dog Toto in the Land of Oz. Always an adventure for all ages, the story never gets old and the lessons about what truly matters ring true always. The theater is in downtown Greensboro, NC.
Tanglewood Festival of Lights (Clemmons)
- November 18 – January 1; 6-11pm
- $15 per car
As one of the largest drive-thru light shows in the Southeast, the Tanglewood Festival of Lights in Clemmons, NC, is fun for the entire family. Now in its 25th season, enter the wonderland through arched lights that leap above your car and gaze at fields where scenes from the region come to life in fun and exciting manners. While there, take a moment to stop at the gift shop and explore crafts and enjoy some cider.
Old Salem Candlelight Tours (Winston-Salem)
- November 18-19 & 25-26; December 2, 3, 9, 16, 17, 22 & 23
- Old Salem Visitor’s Center; 900 Old Salem Rd.; Winston-Salem
- $40 per person
Whether you’ve been to Old Salem for the farmers’ market and festivities before or you are arriving for the first time, the candlelight tours offer an opportunity to watch the town come alive in a way like never before. Stroll along the Historic District and watch the customs and traditions of Salem re-enacted by period actors. Expect to eat, drink, and laugh your way through the experience, with special music, games, and plenty of chances to get to know the town and your fellow adventure seekers.
NC Harp Ensemble Holiday Concert (Winston-Salem)
- November 20, 2016; 3-4pm
- Old Salem Museum and Gardens/James Gray, Jr. Auditorium
- 900 Old Salem Road; Winston-Salem
- Free to public
Take in the sounds of the season in this rare free concert in the heart of Old Salem! Hear your favorite Christmas and Holiday tunes like never before as the harp ensemble brings fresh life into each arrangement. You’ll hear classics like “Sleigh Ride” and other arrangements too. Bring the whole family for an afternoon that fills your ears and heart with song.
Pilot Mountain Christmas (Pilot Mountain)
- November 24-December 31
- 4236 NC 268 Hwy East; Pilot Mountain, NC
- Free to public/last year
- Pilot Mountain Christmas website
Explore over 4 acres and 750,000 lights in this walk-through display like no other. In its 50th and final edition, the amazing display is sponsored by Larry and Rachel Charpiat and is free to the public, including appearances by Santa Claus, opportunities to indulge in hot chocolate, and more. A wonderful tradition you don’t want to miss.
“A Christmas Carol” at Hanesbrands Theatre (Winston-Salem)
- November 25-27 & 29-30; December 1-4 & 6-11
- 209 North Spruce Street; Winston-Salem, NC
- $10 and up per person
- Triad Stage Website
Autumn and winter wouldn’t be complete without a viewing of Dicken’s insights into the true spirit of togetherness and the season of giving. Watch as the ghosts from past, present, and future visit Scrooge, teaching him to focus on others and to share his wealth generously with those who have helped him.
Take a look, and then give me a call at 336-575-7249 to chat more about your real estate needs as 2016 comes to a close.
Winston-Salem is known as the City of Arts & Innovation because it offers so many opportunities for exploring your own creative side and learning about the creative pursuits of others. Here are just a few of the events coming up in September and beyond that offer up unique chances to dive into all our city has to offer.
Twin City Stage: Little Women
In their 82nd season of providing entertainment to the Triad, Twin City Stage presents the classic production of Little Women on September 23-25 and September 29-October 2. Little Women is a classic “coming of age” story that follows the lives of four sisters during the era of the Civil War while their father is serving as a minister to the troops. Check here for more information on times and ticket availability, but expect a fantastic presentation filled with talented performers and a great community environment.
SECCA-Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art: Lee Walton, Glimpse (Special Presentation)
Part of the 12 x 12 artist salon series, SECCA is presenting 12 artists from North Carolina, the 12th State. Lee Walton is the featured artist for September and will offer special presentations and tour experiences every Thursday from 6-8pm throughout the month of September. As a part of this presentation, one participant wears a special pair of goggles that change how things are viewed in unique manners. The door to the goggles opens and closes without warning, providing only a glimpse of the surrounding areas and exhibits and then plunging the participant back into pitch dark. This experience enhances their perception and experience and provides a unique contrast to the viewers in the group who have no goggles. The exhibit runs September 5-25 and more information on all that SECCA has to offer can be found here.
Piedmont Craftsmen: Featured Ceramic Artists Pam Brewer and Katherine Mathisen
From September 6-30, some of the most talented ceramic artists in the Piedmont will have works on display at the Piedmont Craftsmen in downtown Winston-Salem. Pam Brewer is known for her nature-inspired creations that work to peel away the hectic distractions of modern life and reveal what is hidden beneath the surface. In contrast, Katherine Mathisen is known as a figurative artist and focuses on bringing forth the depth of human experience through figures and accents. She uses a series of firing techniques and applications to uniquely portray the emotion and experience of each piece. This display is free and open to the public, plus it is part of the gallery hops that happen downtown on a regular basis. Check out more about Piedmont Craftsmen and all they have to offer the community here.
Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University: Incredible Journeys as the Life History of Museum Objects
From September 5, 2016 to March 26, 2017 this special gallery will offer a special treat with histories behind many of the museum’s featured objects. Created by first year students in museum studies, these special histories trace objects back to their original use by doctors, traders, soldiers, and more. Students examined how the tools and objects have traveled through history to arrive at the museum. For more information, visit the website.
But Wait, There’s More!
These venues are just a few of the diverse art offerings that our city has to offer, but will get you started exploring some of the immense talent that surrounds each of us every day. Check out these and then explore even farther to really get a great Winston-Salem experience. Keep in mind that these are featured displays, so there will always be something new to see at these venues as the year continues to change seasons.
For more information and have questions about any Real Estate need, Call ELLEN DUDLEY, RE/MAX PREFERRED PROPERTIES at 336-575-7249
Curb appeal literally starts roadside at the curb and everyone knows that a beautiful green carpet of grass leading up to a doorstep can transform first impressions of a home. Aside from sod or professional lawn services, there are plenty of things that you can do to fill brown patches and encourage a consistent blanket of carpet throughout your yard. Once you get some of these tips started, give me a call at 336-575-7249 and let’s discuss other ways you can upgrade your yard or otherwise prepare your property for maximum enjoyment. After all, planting grass in fall is the best time of year to ensure success!
By now, most have seen the Febreze commercials where the company markets that odors which surround us regularly can cause us to become “nose blind.” If you happen to have missed the series, here’s a link to one that talks about pet odors in your car. Just like pet odors can permeate our vehicles, the soft surfaces in our homes can absorb stains and odors in unpleasant ways. One challenge some homeowners face is how to deal with dog urine spots in their carpet.
As an experienced Realtor, I’ve seen (and smelled) it all. And I can share that some clients have no clue how strongly their pet odors are until we begin to stage their homes for showing. Read on for some tips on how to best treat and eliminate the evidence of such pet accidents and give me a call at 336-575- 7249 to discuss other ways you can get your property showing ready!
Why Does Some Dog Urine Smell So Strongly?
Dog urine is designed to eliminate toxins in the system, so this means it is normal for a dog’s urine to smell pretty pungent. In dogs that have not been “fixed,” the smell of urine is also impacted by hormonal changes regarding reproduction.
What Can You Do if There are New Dog Urine Spots on your Carpet?
First, remember that simple tap water is often the best first removal step. You read that right, tap water. Why? Because urine has a water base and by adding water, you disperse toxins and also add liquid that can be absorbed. Start by gently blotting up what liquid you can from the location. Be careful not to press firmly as you can cause the urine to go deeper into the padding and widen in circumference. After blotting up liquid with a clean towel or cloth, use clean water to re-saturate the area and then continue blotting. If you catch the accident shortly after it occurs, this alone could be enough to remove the urine and any chance of odor.
If you’d like to be certain that no bacteria or odor remains, Canine Journal recommends Nature’s Miracle Urine Destroyer. It’s a product commonly sold at retailers nationwide and has fantastic reviews and backing by vets and carpet cleaning professionals too. Based on the size of the area you are treating, this particular product is sold in both concentrate for carpet steaming machines and spray bottles for spot treatment.
But What if the Stains are Older and More Set?
We all know that getting set stains out of carpet can be a challenge. Our focus is on the elimination of odor, not necessarily the stain as urine can bleach or otherwise discolor various dyes in unique ways. Spend your first time on getting the smell out of the area and then see how much of a stain or discolored area remains to decide upon what approach might be best for aesthetics.
Treating a set-in spot starts in a similar manner to treating a fresh one: apply plenty of clean water to allow the bacteria and stain to begin to lift from the fabric. In this case, your easiest route is usually to borrow, buy, or even rent a water-based carpet cleaning machine as this ensures you can push water deep into the padding and extract it, along with the toxins and bacteria that cause smells. You can also use a wet/dry vac and cycle through applying clean water and then extracting it with the vacuum until most of the stain is removed.
After you have cycled through several times with water and extraction, you’ll want to apply a high-quality pet stain deodorizer like the Nature’s Miracle product referenced above. Be sure to follow the directions on the bottle and to let the area dry completely before trying another round of treatment.
Remember to always keep your pets clear of the area that is being treated until it is completely dry and to follow all manufacturer directions for best results.
These tips should get you started on the right path to removing odors from your carpets in the places where pet accidents have occurred. Remember to be patient as you work to remove the odor and associated stains. Carpet fibers are tough, but over agitation and scrubbing can mat or cause odd wear patterns. It is best to work in stages to remove odors and stains than to rush and cause a fresh set of problems.
What tips do you have for removing doggy urine stains?