Welcome to the Brittany Allen Group's Tips, Tricks, & Ideas about Home Ownership as well as everything about the Wilmington NC area!

 

The home buying and selling process can be stressful. We have several tips to help make your experience go a little smoother. You'll also find lots of information about the Wilmington North Carolina area, straight from a local :)

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Feb. 11, 2019

Durable Kitchen Floor Options

 

Kitchen floors get put through quite a lot! Between all of the dropped utensils, the spills and drips; being one of the most used rooms in a home, your floors need to handle kitchen hazards and look good doing it. A large variety of floor materials won't be an ideal fit for the kitchen because of this. Below, I'm listing my favorite kitchen floors that help with maintaining low maintenance, and keeping a balance between style and functionality. 

CERAMIC TILES

Ceramic tiles can be a great fit for the kitchen because they are resilient, hard, and impervious to stains and water. It also helps that they are resilient to heat and breakage, under normal conditions, that is. They came in a variety of colors and even faux finishes to add a beautiful, yet smart, addition to your kitchen. 

DURABLE CONCRETE

Concrete is a great option for ground level kitchens and are a long lasting option for homeowners. Sometimes, concrete slabs may have already been placed beneath your existing flooring. The surface of it can then be polished or stained to provide a stylish look for your kitchen.

NATURAL STONE

Natural stone is a hard rock that allows it to remain durable and long lasting. The only drawback to stone is that it is porous, which makes it susceptible to water and liquid stains. This can be avoided with an annual application of chemical stone sealer, which simply provides an invisible coat of protection.

HARDWOOD

Hardwood can be tough to work within a kitchen because the material is porous and relatively soft. However, if you like the look of hardwood in a kitchen, you'll just want to have it treated with a quality polyurethane-based finish. Keep in mind, it will, overtime, take on a more aged look. If you find character and personality in imperfections, then hardwood will work great for you.

BAMBOO

Bamboo has a similar look and feel to hardwood, and can be a great alternative. It is a harder and more durable material that helps it become more resistant towards moisture and water damage. The only drawback? It's tough to refinish them because there is no direction to the natural grain.

LINOLEUM

Made popular about 50 years ago, linoleum seems to be making a comeback. Linoleum is made from all natural linseed oil, which makes it pretty environmentally friendly. They're also pretty easy to clean and maintain. If it is properly cared for, it can generally have a lifespan for upwards of 40 or so years. However, if it is immersed in water, it is highly susceptible to damage. Be sure to avoid basement quality linoleum in your kitchen or they will begin to curl when faced with humidity. 

VINYL

Vinyl is a great and affordable kitchen flooring option. Their lifespan generally tens to run around 7 to 10 years before they start showing significant signs of wear and fade. Vinyl is man-made and is nearly impervious to water issues, stains, and other damage. It is also very easy to clean.

Don't want to replace your flooring? You can always contact us and we'll find you a house with the type of kitchen flooring that you love! 

Posted in Floor options
Feb. 6, 2019

7828 Chip Shot Way

          

Low maintenance 3 bedroom home with pond views! This well maintained open floor plan home features a vaulted living room with a gas fireplace. The kitchen has a built-in microwave, glass top stove, pantry, & bar top for gathering around. The master suite has a walk-in closet & its own full bathroom with 2 sinks. Unwind on the back screened porch or entertain on the patio. Attached two car garage. Nestled off River Road, the community of Cypress Island is just a short drive to Carolina Beach. Neighborhood amenities include a pool, tennis, trails, golf, & even lawn maintenance - all included with the HOA dues!

Posted in New Listing
Jan. 25, 2019

Eliminating Pet Odors In Your Home

 

Eliminating bad odors from your home is incredibly important, you want to make sure you've removed them before putting it on the market. Often times, the first thing buyers notice upon entering your home, is how it smells. If there is an odd odor, it will instantly put them off. No matter how beautifully staged and presented it is, strong odors or stale air can make your home unappealing to prospective buyers. Opening windows and exhaust fans will only go so far in removing foul odors, but won't generally eliminate it completely. To ensure you don't lose potential buyers, follow these odor eliminating tips to ensure your home smells and feels fresh and new.

Don’t Use Artificial Freshening Sprays

Don't make the mistake of spraying artificial room freshener sprays in hopes that it will remove the bad odor. Deodorizers will quickly fade, and only mask the smell, sometimes in an overwhelming way. If a buyer walks into your home, your air freshener can cause a reaction, like a runny nose or a headache, and will make them suspicious of an underlying foul odor. Instead of trying to mask it, locate the actual source of the bad odor and get rid of it.

Best Pet Carpet Cleaners for Accidents

We all love our furry friends, but unfortunately, they can get your home pretty smelly. Whether the smell is on the carpet, furniture, or even on the walls - it's essential to have it removed. Most odors stem from accidents. You always want to attend to the accident right away. Blot them with a paper towel and use mild dishwashing liquid to help remove the odor. Once completely cleaned, blot again with fresh paper towels to dry the spot. If the accident is not recent, use an enzyme cleaner to eat the bad bacteria. Another great idea is to use activated charcoal. It is a form of carbon that has been activated to make it extremely porous. You can get activated charcoal meant for pet odors at most pet stores. 

Green Cleaning Products

Using natural odor eliminators is a great green alternative to most of the chemicals sold at stores. One of the most recommended products is to use baking soda. You can place an open box of it in a room to help absorb unwanted smells. It also helps to remove musty aroma in dark spaces, like a basement. On top of being used to remove pet odors, it also works great for cigarette smells. If you don't wish to use baking soda, most pet supply stores will have green cleaning products that help remove odors, while still being safe for your household. 

Posted in Cleaning
Jan. 8, 2019

Open House

 

Open House 

 

 

Join us Saturday January 12th from 10:00-12:00 at 307 Lennox Place! This beautiful home is nestled on an almost half acre cul-de-sac lot! The kitchen features white cabinets, new granite counters and stainless appliances including built in microwave, glass top stove, dishwasher and fridge. The home has a spacious 2nd living room, formal dining room and an upstairs office! There is a new HVAC including duct work. Plumbing is updated and has all new vanities. Crawlspace has new insulation & vapor barrier. Fresh paint throughout the interior. Also the home features an attached 2 car side loading garage and a new driveway. 

This renovated house features:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • 1 half bathroom
  • New vinyl plank floors throughout the living areas
  • Modern kitchen
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • Vaulted ceiling in the family room 
  • No HOA
  • New storm door on back door

 

Don't miss out on seeing this home! We hope to see you at the open house!

Posted in Open House
Jan. 4, 2019

Why winter is the new spring cleaning

 

Housework = Workout

Too cold for 6am workouts? Too dark for an evening run? Well put on your favorite station on the radio and get your workout in at home! Dusting, vacuuming, mopping and scrubbing are all options to burn calories. Not just in your body but in your home as well. Purging all the unnecessary items in your house is the first start to getting your house healthy and clean.

 

Less Clutter = Less Mildew

Did you know, the more stuff you cram in your closets the more likely it is you'll have issues with mildew during the winter months? To limit the amount of mildew get rid of all the items you don't use, like those extra bins full of random stuff that "one day you will use". Purge clothes you have not worn in 6 months, go through all your glassware and limit it down to what you use mostly, throw away the millions of blankets and sheets that are collecting dust in your linen closet. Doing all these steps will help you feel good about your house and your house will be cleaner!

 

Staying Home is More Fun If It's Clean

In the winter we all tend to not want to be out and about in the cold. Use the time to brighten up and declutter your living spaces. Take half an hour and wipe down the furniture surfaces, folding and putting away laundry and placing your household items in the correct place. If you have pictures on your fridge, try taking those down and placing them somewhere else like inside the pantry door and see how calming the kitchen feels.

 

By the end of winter your house will be all tidy and you won't have to waste away your days in the spring getting your house in order. You will be able to enjoy more time outdoors and with your family!

Posted in Winter Tips
Nov. 26, 2018

New Listing

Hello, 2929 Country Club Drive!!

 

This move in ready cottage style house is waiting for its next owners! This house features:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • office space
  • Open living area
  • Laminate floors throughout the house
  • Granite counter tops
  • Updated kitchen
  • Stainless steal appliances
  • Back porch
  • Patio
  • Fenced back yard 

Additional Photos below!

 

               

 

               

 

                

 

                

 

              

 

             

 

 

 

If you love this house or know somebody that would, contact us and we would love the opportunity to help you!!

 

-The Brittany Allen Group

Posted in New Listing
Nov. 13, 2018

Make Your Home Winter Ready

Getting yourself ready for winter is easy!! You have your hat, gloves, jacket, and boots all in front of you! But getting your home ready for a LONG cold winter is another story! So until someone can snap their fingers and your house be ready immediately, we have some organizing to do! Below are some tips to help you get your house ready for a LONG cold winter!

 

 

 

Saving

Organizing your home for the winter can seem like an unnecessary chore to do! But it will help you financially in the long run. During the winter season your heating bill can be expensive and if your windows are poorly insulated, plumbing breaks or your heating system is not up to date your in big trouble! Prepping your hoe can save you a lot of money while protecting your home! 

 

Break It Down

If you have a giant to-do list it can become overwhelming! Break the job down into a couple different jobs and conquer it over the weekends! First you will want to check your windows! Check each one for drafts and insulation needs! The next week, check the pipes to avoid a burst in those colder months. 

 

Steps to prepare for a safe winter season

Step 1

Prep the Plumbing

Drain your outdoor faucets and hoses if you have any. If you have any sprinkler system in ground you will want to get someone to flushed out so they don't bust! Inspect any pipes are that prone to freezing in the house and use heat tape to secure them to keep them warm during the colder months. 

 

Step 2

Chimney Check

Do you enjoy sitting by a nice warm fire in the winter? If you do, ensure your fireplace is ready to provide you with warm nights all winter! Before burning a fire you will want to get your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional. Also while having the chimney checked don't forget to have a professional perform a routine check on your heating systems before the colder weather arrives! The routine check will include, vacuuming the vents and other components included. Check your furnace filter and if it needs to be replaced then replace it. 

 

Step 3

Seal Any Leaks

During the winter you will want to keep the drafts to a minimum. Install storm doors and windows if needed! If your missing weather stripping or it is worn, replace them! Caulk any gaps in your windows to eliminate those drafts going through your home. If any pipes need to be replaced or tapped make sure you get those taken care of before it is too late!!

 

Who will you call for your furnace inspection?

 

If you need recommendations let us know! 

910- 679-6525

Recommendations with be up next on our blog! 

 

XoXo- The Brittany Allen Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Winter Tips
Nov. 6, 2018

1253 Wellington Ave

Good Morning!! 

 

We have listed a few condos that you will want to see!!! This condo is on Wellington Ave, conveniently located near New Hanover County Regional Hospital, Downtown Wilmington, and all Midtown Wilmington has to offer!

 

This condo offers:

  • 2 bedroom
  • 2 bathroom
  • 2nd floor end unit with side deck
  • Move in ready
  • Laminate floors throughout living areas
  • Newer carpet in bedrooms
  • Spacious master bedroom
  • Additional storage space attic 
  • HOA

 

 

Be sure to check this gem out!!! For more information feel free to contact us at,

910-679-6525

 

-The Brittany Allen Group

Posted in New Listing
Oct. 22, 2018

Weekly Local Hot Spot

Rise Biscuits Donuts

 

The best part of trying all these great local spots is sharing with

you all about the yummy dishes I get to experience!

 

 If you want a good donut or a filling breakfast sandwich this is the place to eat!

 

For months I have been wanting to go to Rise and try their breakfast sandwiches!

Last week I went and got the avocado toast! Oh my goodness ... It was amazing!

This sandwich had guacamole, tomato, fried egg, Boom Boom sauce

and crispy onions inside a butter-toasted biscuit. 

 

 

Another great suggestion is their donuts ..... mmm mmm mmm

The donut I got was a banana pudding donut. The center was filled with banana pudding, topped with crumbled vanilla wafers and glaze!! 

 

Rise is a great place if you are looking for a quick bite to eat on the go or even if you 

want to meet friends there and hang out!

I will definitely visit soon and try other items on their menu!!

 

Have a great Monday!

 

Posted in Local Hot Spots
Oct. 16, 2018

Fall Home Decor Trends 2018

It is finally fall and the weather is slowly but surely getting cooler. I did some research about fall home decor trends and some people think, "I have to have everything orange, brown, reds, etc" But that isn't the case. Fall decor doesn't mean to go out to your local home decor store and buy a bunch of faux pumpkins, signs, leaves, etc. Or pulling out your container from the basement/storage building  with accessories that you add on top of what you already have. Below you will see the strong Fall Trend for 2018!!! 

 


Oversized Florals

Oversized florals and patterns are the trend for this Fall. You could reverse this comforter and use the oversized floral pillows to showcase the trend or use the pillows on your couch. 

 

Lighting

 

The lighting is one of my favorite parts of fall! You can make a space so cozy when you add a little bit of lights!

 

 

Textures

Big chunky textures are a great way to add some fall to your home! I don't know about you but looking at these makes me want to pull all of my textured decor out and get cozy!

 

 

 

Matte Black and Black Accents

Adding a pop of black here and there around your house is a great statement piece!

 

 

 

Gold and Natural Tones

 

 

 

Blush!!!

Think about adding a little bit of blush in your decor. You can throw in pillows or even a fun table or dresser!

 

 

 

 

Velvets

I have velvet pillows on my couch and it is the perfect Fall touch to our living room. You can switch out different patterns of velvet throughout the year! I got my pillow covers from Pottery Barn!

 

 

Well that was fun providing all these great Fall decor ideas with you! If you have any ideas that you know of let us know! We love new ideas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Fall