Are Home Improvement Projects Worth the Cost and Time?

WASHINGTON (October 3, 2019) – Homeowners who decide to undergo a home improvement project, whether it be interior or exterior modifications, often find that the task was worth the investment and time, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®, with insights from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, an examination of 20 projects, surveyed Realtors®, consumers who have taken on home renovation projects and members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The report examines a variety of remodeling projects, using responses to rank the appeal of a given project, rank the value of the project in terms of resale and determine its overall functionality. The findings also reveal the reasons for remodeling, the success of taking on the various projects and the increased happiness reported in the home upon completion of the job.

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3 Ways to Get Rid of a Clogged Drain

Kitchen Sink

I am excited to present a guest blog post from local Master Plumber Tom Shearman / Top Notch Plumbing Services Inc.! Tom has provided valuable info about clearing a clogged drain – an issue everyone, whether they’re a homeowner or renter, may come across from time to time. Thank you Tom for allowing me to share this information this with my readers! Top Notch Plumbing Services contact info will be at the end of this post – get in touch with them if you have any questions about this post, or any other plumbing question, and mention that you saw this on my blog!


3 Ways to Get Rid of a Clogged Drain

No one likes dealing with a clogged drain! Not only does it mean that whatever area the drain is located in will be closed off until you can get to the repairs, but it can also mean messy cleanup, potential damages, and even damage to your pipes. While you should always call a plumber if you feel at all hesitant about dealing with a clogged drain, there are a few ways that you can attempt to clear a clogged drain on your own if you feel comfortable.

  • First, don’t discount the tried-and-true methods of vinegar and baking soda. That’s right, the same vinegar and baking soda concoction that you used in elementary school to make a volcano. Try pouring about ¼ cup down the drain and adding some vinegar equal to the amount of your baking soda. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then flush with boiling water a few times.
  • Second, try using a plunger. The plunger you want for drains is usually the one you would think of as a stereotypical plunger- the one with the flat, red rubber bulb. These plungers are built specifically to seal drains and can work wonders getting your clogged drain free.
  • Third, don’t discount the usefulness of the drain snake. This is an easy way to fish out a clog that you can’t get any other way, but people like to avoid it because it isn’t exactly appealing to pull out whatever gunk is clogging your drain!

If you have a clogged drain that you can’t get running, contact Top Notch Plumbing Services Inc.

Top Notch Plumbing

Phone: 704.360.3022

Richard Slifkin, Broker/Realtor®
Highgarden Real Estate
Cell: 704-658-5352

Real Estate Website:
Facebook: @RichardSlifkinRealtor
Twitter: @RealtorRS

Serving the Lake Norman and Charlotte, NC Area, including: China Grove, Concord, Cornelius, Davidson, Denver, Huntersville, Landis, Kannapolis, Mooresville, Salisbury, Sherrills Ford, Statesville and Troutman.


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Update: Mooresville Commercial Projects / New Restaurants

Here’s a glance at some of the commercial projects currently in development for Mooresville, as listed in the August 2019 Mooresville Planning and Community Development Commercial Project List. Among the highlights are the possibility of two additional restaurants joining Olive Garden in the Costco Shopping Center on Talbert Road.

These projects are in different phases of the planning and approval process. Changes, delays, and project cancellations are possible.

Projects already under construction:

Olive Garden – under construction [Brawley School Road & Talbert Road] Continue reading “Update: Mooresville Commercial Projects / New Restaurants”

Pro Tips for House Hunting Online

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.

  • Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) where real estate agents actively post their most current homes for sale. For my clients, I highly recommend using the online MLS portal I create for them, as it pulls data directly from the MLS in real time. Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.
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Mid-year market data shows that overall sales activity for the first half of the year is on par with last year’s activity

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – According to data from Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CarolinaMLS), sales of homes in June across the 16-county Charlotte region fell by 6.1 percent year-over-year during what is typically prime selling season. However, overall sales year-to-date are steady, and sales during the first six months of this year are actually up 0.8 percent compared to the first six months of 2018.

June’s closed sales compared to the previous month (May 2019) were down 2.0 percent, with 97 more homes sold during May 2019 than June 2019. Continue reading “Mid-year market data shows that overall sales activity for the first half of the year is on par with last year’s activity”