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Spotlight on Real Estate, Friday, January 22, 2021

Don’t miss a beat during a power outage

Short-term power outages can be a minor inconvenience. A long-term power outage can cause a major disruption to daily life. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Electric Power Industry Report says interruptions in electric service vary by frequency and duration across the many electric distribution systems that serve the country. In 2016, the most recent year for data, customers experienced an average of 1.3 interruptions and went without power for around four hours. When a storm strikes or an accident knocks out electric power lines or other infrastructure, it may take much longer for power to be restored. During Superstorm Sandy in 2012, more than eight million people lost power and outages lasted for days in some major cities. Outlying areas were without power for weeks, according to National Geographic. It’s important to know how to handle a power outage to keep everyone safe and comfortable until power can be restored.

may prove a worthwhile investment. Generators come in two basic types. A portable generator can be rolled into place and uses gasoline as fuel. Plug in a set number of household items, depending on the amount of power the appliance can accommodate. A whole-house generator can be hard-wired to a home’s electrical system and automatically engage should a power outage occur.

PREPARE IN ADVANCE • In anticipation of a power outage, stock up on battery-powered devices like flashlights, lanterns and radios. Charge mobile phones and other devices so they’re at 100 percent power. • Keep a cache of nonperishable food available and plan to use any perishable items that are in the refrigerator first. A refrigerator can keep food cold for about four hours after power has ceased, states Ready.gov, while a freezer can keep the temperature for about 48 hours if full. Packing these appliances with ice or frozen bottles of water can help. INVEST IN A GENERATOR • Purchase books, board games and puzzles If you live in an area that is affected by freto have activities to pass the time until quent power outages, a power generator power resumes. SCAN HERE TO SEE MORE

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How to prevent slips and falls in the bathroom

Bathrooms can serve as sanctuaries, providing a warm tub to soak in after a long, weary day or a private place to retire for a few minutes of peace and quiet. Bathrooms also can be dangerous places, as various groups warn that most slip and fall accidents that occur at home will happen in the bathroom. The combination of hard surfaces and moisture from sinks and showers can create dangerous conditions. Furthermore, bathrooms tend to be small spaces, so should a fall occur, it’s more likely a person will hit various surfaces on the way down. The risk of falling in a bathroom increases with age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seniors over age 65 have a 25 percent chance of falling in the bathroom. Seniors generally have less flexibility and balance than younger people, meaning falls can be life-threatening. Bones easily can become fractured and internal bleeding may occur in serious cases. Bathrooms can be made more safe in a few simple ways. ■ Keep the bathtub clean. Soap residue or other grime can contribute to slippery conditions in the shower and tub. Cleaning these

surfaces frequently can improve traction. ■ Declutter the space. Remove extraneous items from the bathroom that can pose as tripping hazards. ■ Choose the right bath mat. Bath mats can contribute to slips and falls. For those who cannot live without them, choose a mat with slip-resistant backings and add double-faced tape for added security. ■ Limit moisture. Use a weighted shower curtain or install shower doors to prevent water from getting on the floor. Mop up any water or additional condensation to help dry the bathroom. Install an exhaust fan to help vent moisture that can condense and accumulate on the floor and fixtures. ■ Improve bathroom lighting. Make sure lighting in the bathroom illuminates all areas. ■ Wear non-slip shoes. Wearing non-slip shoes when in the bathroom can reduce the chances of slipping on wet floors. ■ Install a walk-in shower or bathtub. These lipless fixtures can assist those who have difficulty entering a standard tub or shower. Grab bars also can help with maneuvering in and out of the shower area. ■ Use a raised toilet seat. A raised toilet,

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Greenville $489,900

Lynndale $379,000

University Terrace Condominium $75,000

Pinecrest $130,000

Montclair Estates $28,500

Bedford West $78,000

1180 STONE CREEK DRIVE. This magnificent property has it all! Beautiful, all brick custom home sits on 5.12 acres with no city taxes in Chicod school district. Two-story Great room, huge kitchen and breakfast room, lavish master suite downstairs. Upstairs includes a loft area, 2 bedrooms with their own private bath. Enormous bonus room that could be used for workout, homeschooling, etc. Triple attached garage plus a triple detached garage. Detached garage has permanent staircase that leads to extra attic space. Freshly painted, beautiful hardwood floors, new gas pak... move in ready! This incredible property a rare find and a must-see! Please call Kevin O’Sullivan. #100252394

308 GRANVILLE DRIVE. Incredible opportunity in Lynndale! Beautiful brick ranch on .73 acres! A perfect floor plan for entertaining. This home boasts an amazing great room with built-ins & fireplace, a spacious sunroom, dining room, media room, and formal living room with a fireplace. The kitchen features an abundance of cabinet space, breakfast nook, and desk/work station. Grand bedroom suite features his and her closets & his and her bathrooms. Beautiful and private backyard with a large patio, perfect for relaxing and grilling. With some cosmetic updating, this will be an even more stunning home! A must see! Please call Jessica Snyder. #100252418

320-1F BROWNLEA DRIVE. 3rd floor condo with 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms. Located on the ECU bus route and within walking distance to ECU’s campus, dining and shopping in Uptown Greenville. HOA dues include water/sewer, grounds and exterior maintenance, building insurance and pest control. HVAC replaced in 2018 and water heater replaced in 2020. Please call Mary Margaret Alligood. #100251909

0 PINECREST ROAD. Stunning deep water access lots side by side in Bath. Both over half an acre, cleared with stone bulk heads in place. Perfect to build your waterfront property. No septic permit or soil study on file. Seller is willing to sell together or separate. Please call Sarah Weir. #100245986

0 LYNNDALE DRIVE. Beautiful, established neighborhood, this large lot gives plenty of space between neighbors with trees for shade & privacy. This great location offers quick access to shopping, fast access to Highway 11 to Kinston & Greenville for work or more. Please call Steve Kelly. #100013646

3870 DUNHAGAN ROAD. Incredible lot in Bedford West! Please call Jessica Snyder. #100148130

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Country $1,250,000

Stokes $12,900 2214 OAKLEY ROAD. Beautiful, private, wooded lot perfect for custom single family home. Minimum 1150 sq. ft. home. Septic permit voided since it was not utilized. Please call Sarah Weir. #100217222

0 LYNNDALE DRIVE. Beautiful, established neighborhood, this large lot gives plenty of space between neighbors with trees for shade & privacy. This great location offers quick access to shopping, fast access to Highway 11 to Kinston & Greenville for work or more. Please call Steve Kelly. #100013635

0 PINECREST ROAD. Stunning deep water access lots side by side in Bath. Both over half an acre, cleared with stone bulk heads in place. Perfect to build your waterfront property. No septic permit or soil study on file. Seller is willing to sell together or separate. Please call Sarah Weir. #100245984

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Autumn Lakes $49,500

3707 MOBLEYS BRIDGE ROAD. Autumn Lakes is a beautiful community which enjoys views of the lake, sidewalks around lake, gazebo and features custom built homes on large lots. 3707 Mobleys Bridge Road is located on the left past the entrance of Autumn Lakes. Build your own dream home in this very popular neighborhood. Please call Debbie Allen. #100234794

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Oakmont $252,500

1705 KNOLLWOOD DRIVE. This 3 bedroom, 3 bath, brick veneer home is located in a premier neighborhood and has many desirable features, including living and dining rooms, a remodeled kitchen with ample cabinet space, and a large utility room that opens to a single car garage. There is a family room with fireplace overlooking the backyard and an enclosed porch opens to the backyard. 2 of the bedrooms have private baths and there are wood floors throughout the house. In addition, the lot has a spacious side yard. Please call Katherine Q. Vinson. #100246193

Autumn Lakes $1,090,000

1108 AUTUMN LAKES DRIVE. Spectacular one owner custom built home in beautiful Autumn Lakes. Lots of space for a growing family to enjoy! Each bedroom has its own personal bathroom. Huge 1st floor master bedroom with a sauna and beautiful master bath. Your family will love the in-ground pool and hot tub overlooking the lake. 2 large bonus rooms upstairs plus a detached garage in addition to the 3- car attached garage. The list goes on and on! Please call Amanda Garris. #100207437

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Bedford $375,000

805 BREMERTON DRIVE. Timeless, move in ready home on almost a half acre lot in centrally located Bedford. Beautiful landscaping greets guests. Entry opens to large formal living room with hardwood floors which leads to formal dining room boasting dentil molding and French doors accessing the patio. Fully renovated kitchen with built in pantry, granite counter tops, tile backsplash, built in banquet and built in pantry, beautiful etched glass cabinets, slow close drawers, custom vent hood and stainless appliances. Cozy den with wood burning fireplace, custom wet bar and surround sound opens to covered porch. Off of the den is the friends entry, mudroom, large bonus room and home office. Exceptional owners suite features hardwood floors, gorgeous mill work, built in dressers with travertine tops, built in closet, sconces and USB ports. Stunning ensuite bath features soaking tub, oversized walk in glass shower and double sinks. Three additional bedrooms upstairs loaded with charm. Updated hall bath with double sinks and tiled tub/shower combo. Covered deck overlooks private, partially fenced backyard and leads to brick patio. Double attached garage and two parking pads. Walk in attic with fully functioning dark room. Renovations by Setters Construction. Windows have been replaced. Central vacuum. New HVAC in 2018 and 2019. Zoysia grass and irrigation in front yard. Centipede grass in back yard. South Greenville Elementary, EB Aycock Middle School, JH Rose High School. One bedroom and bonus were not photographed due to work being done. Please call Sarah Weir. #100249839

1342 WINDHAM ROAD. Fantastic home near Greenville. Beautifully situated on over 21 acres. Wonderful custom designed home. Main home is over 7300 sq. ft. and pool house is 1362 sq. ft. of finished space. Pool house also includes an additional 3000 sq. ft. of unfinished space. Wonderful pool and outdoor kitchen. Gated entrance and very private location. 2-bay exterior steel building. Minutes from Vidant Medical Center. Convenient to fine dining and shopping. Please call Tim Odom. #100206164

Rock Springs $650,000

600 JORDAN DRIVE. Welcome to 600 Jordan Drive’s Stately Low Country home with a three car garage. Perfectly positioned on almost three acres in Rock Springs, this one owner brick home was custom built with attention to detail. The home’s amazing curb appeal is crowned with a classic southern front porch graced by large elliptical windows. A screened back porch provides a great space for enjoying the peace, serenity, and relaxed ambience of Rock Springs. Upon entering the front door, one is warmly greeted with bright open living spaces, soaring ceilings, and view of the open grounds through the back porch. The Great Room with heavy trim work and wood burning fireplace is flanked by the Dining Room and Library which features floor to ceiling wood shelving. The kitchen boasts slate flooring, granite countertops, glass tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. Accentuating the functionality of this exceptional floor plan are three ensuite rooms on the main floor plus expansive utility spaces. The grand bedroom is spacious and should accommodate most bedroom suites. The bath features travertine tile, an oversized shower with multiple heads, and an impressive closet. The additional two ensuite rooms are secluded on the opposite side of the home. Both include walk-in closets and baths with granite countertops. They may be utilized as an in-law suite, au pair room, home office, or home school space. The second floor features two large flex spaces, one with full bath and closet and the other with hardwood flooring and window seat. Close proximity to Vidant Medical Center, ECU Health Sciences Campus, and Uptown Greenville’s shopping and dining makes this a wonderful opportunity! Please call Jessica Snyder. #100250767

Blackwood Ridge $569,000

2025 SEDBROOK LANE. EXQUISITE new construction in popular BLACKWOOD RIDGE SUBDIVISION. This Frank Betz Tanglewood Plan has been modified and features 4 bedrooms and 3 12 bathrooms. Living room has vaulted ceilings and a gas log fireplace with custom built-ins. Kitchen boasts soft close cabinets, large island, stainless steel appliances, custom vent hood and eat in breakfast area. Room adjacent to kitchen can be used as a keeping room or formal dining room. It has a vaulted ceiling with decorative beams and overlooks the back yard. Master Suite with trey ceiling, tile shower, soaking tub, double vanity and enormous walk in closet. Another bedroom and bath down and 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and bonus room up. Mudroom with bench and hooks. Extra large covered rear patio for entertaining. Act fast and you can help pick out interior selections! Please call Melissa Nichols. #100251110

Montclair Estates $28,500

Farmville $248,000

4290 BELCHER STREET. This turn of the century Craftsman style bungalow located on historic Belcher Street in Farmville is a step back in time. This property offers the essence of history and the convenience of the present. Listed in the Historic Architecture of Pitt County, North Carolina, this property comes along with the infamous Belcher Bench. Former Mayor Belcher would give a stone bench to his friends. The new owner of this property will own this piece of history as well. Off the expansive front porch you will find the porte- cochere. Model T cars were parked under the shelter and you could step directly onto the front porch. Interior offers hardwood floors, high ceilings, ornate mantels and built- ins. From the foyer to the back laundry room, you will be amazed at the preservation of the era of the early 1900’s. Formal living, formal dining, kitchen, breakfast nook, den, office, full bath, laundry, walk in pantry and half bath adorn the downstairs. Upstairs you will find three bedrooms, full bath, wide hallway and the glass panel closet door will let you remain in a time of past. So many rooms, so many options.You have plenty of parking in the rear with the turn around space, patio and stoop. Convenience to downtown Farmville, where you will find medical, post office, pharmacy, dining, grocery, floral shop, furniture stores, clothing, consignment, antique and vintage shopping. Farmville offers breweries, dance studio, accounting services, legal services, ice cream shop, a French bakery, walking trails, disc golf, Farmville Country Club and a state of the art library being built...why live anywhere else? Please call Connie M. Corey. #100251123

Pinecrest $130,000

Country $799,500

4666 KINGS CROSSROADS ROAD. Phenomenal farmhouse in a peaceful country setting. This home originally was an early 1900s farmhouse that has been completely renovated top to bottom, inside and out and added onto to make it a truly remarkable and boastful home. Elaborate architecture, trim work and moldings throughout with all the bells and whistles. Smart home technologies. Lots of built-ins, coffered ceilings and attention to detail. Gorgeous 2-story living room, gourmet kitchen and extravagant master suite. 4 bedrooms plus a magnificent bonus room! Screened-in back porch overlooking a beautiful countryside. This home sits on 1.76 acres, but additional acreage can be purchased. Absolutely stunning - a must see! Please call Kevin O’Sullivan. #100222035


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Spotlight on Real Estate, Friday, January 22, 2021

What to do after your home is damaged by fire The notion that their homes could be damaged if not destroyed by fire is something many homeowners find unimaginable. But fires damage homes every day across the globe, which only underscores the importance of knowing how to respond should your home be engulfed in flames. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, local fire departments responded to an estimated 1.3 million fires in the United States in 2019. Fires also pose a threat in Canada, where the insurance provider SGI Canada reports that there are roughly 24,000 house fires each year. Installing and maintaining fire alarms can help prevent house fires from producing tragic consequences. A well-practiced evacuation plan also can protect homeowners and their families in case of a fire, increasing the likelihood that anyone inside the home can promptly exit before suffering injury or even death. It’s also important that

homeowners recognize what they need to do after their homes have been damaged by fire. ■ Recognize that it’s still risky even after the fire is out. The U.S. Fire Administration notes that homes damaged by fire pose a threat even after flames have been extinguished. Soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that can make people sick. Only enter a home after the local fire department has deemed it safe to do so. Before entering the home, don personal protective equipment like masks, goggles and gloves to avoid getting sick from any contaminants lingering in the home. ■ Contact your insurance company. The USFA notes that some companies specialize in cleaning and restoring personal items damaged by fires, and your insurance company can be a great resource when looking for such firms. Insurance companies also will advise homeowners on what they need

to do in the immediate aftermath of the fire, including how to begin the claims process. ■ Contact a disaster relief service. Disaster relief services like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army can help homeowners find food, clothing, medicine, and even lodging.

■ Find shelter for pets. The USFA advises pet owners affected by house fires to leave their pets with family members, friends or veterinarians until the house has been completely cleaned. Doing so ensures pets won’t be exposed to potentially harmful contaminants

or residue that can put their lives in jeopardy. House fires happen every day, and knowing what to do in the aftermath of such fires can help homeowners get back on their feet as quickly as possible. - Metro Content

Why hire a disaster restoration service? No home is impervious to damage — whether from natural weather phenomena or incidents that occur as byproducts of daily life. Floods, fires, earthquakes, and other events can cause immediate damage to a home, though some damage occurs more gradually. Repairing a home becomes a priority after a disaster when authorities have deemed it safe to reenter the property. The extent of disaster-related damage is often beyond the scope of a homeowner’s abilities. In such instances, disaster remediation firms can protect homeowners from additional dangers, and may help them save money in the long run. Here’s a look at the type of benefits such firms can provide. ■ Find hidden damage: Remediation companies know how to uncover issues such as weakened structures, smoke damage and water damage that is not visible to the naked eye. Hidden dangers can include hazardous materials ■ Address mold growth: Flooding or mold growth. Mold growth can occur in produced by the disaster or damage that hose water used to extinguish a fire can as little as 48 hours after damage occurs, can adversely affect residents’ health. leave behind conditions that are ripe for indicates Tidal Wave Response. Profes-

sional restoration companies have the equipment to dry out and clean building materials in the home to reduce or eliminate the risks of mold growth. ■ Employ the latest technology: The wrong tools can not only slow down progress, they can make work less safe. Disaster remediation firms use the latest equipment when restoring properties. Certain equipment is tailor-made to address issues that often arise after natural disasters. Such equipment may prove too costly for DIYers, but its use can make the difference between a quick cleanup and a lengthy project. ■ Necessary training: Disaster restoration companies may require staff to stay up-to-date with the latest techniques. Such an education can help reduce the likelihood of accident or injury during the restoration. Homeowners often benefit from hiring remediation and restoration firms to clean up after properties have been damaged. - Metro Content


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Tips to improve WiFi around the house Speedy, reliable internet is something people have quickly grown accustomed to. That’s no doubt why dropped WiFi signals can be so frustrating. Various things can contribute to slow or interrupted Wi-Fi. As a result, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to address underperforming Wi-Fi. But that’s good news, as it means there’s an assortment of strategies that consumers can try to improve the Wi-Fi in their homes. ■ Upgrade your router. Many people rent their routers from their internet service providers, but it may surprise some to learn that they can buy their own. Buying your own router can be beneficial in various ways, not the least of which is it can save money. Router rental fees vary, but they typically cost between $10 and $15 per month. Consumers will save money in the long run by buying their own router rather than renting one from their ISP. When buying their own routers, consumers also can pick from a host of options, including routers with strong performance ratings that may contribute to better WiFi performance.

■ Set up automatic firmware updates. It’s easy to forget a router after it’s been plugged in and internet service starts working. However, manufacturers routinely issue firmware updates to improve router performance. Turning on automatic updates may improve WiFi performance, and such updates also can provide a host of additional benefits, including added security measures. ■ Relocate the router. PCMag.com notes that the location of the router can affect WiFi performance. If possible, locate the router in the center of the home so it can easily reach all parts of the house. Locating wireless routers away from walls and other obstructions also may improve performance. ■ Switch frequencies. Switching frequencies can help wireless consumers whose service might be adversely affected by congestion. Consumer Reports notes that wireless congestion can affect WiFi performance in apartment buildings and densely populated neighborhoods. In such instances, consumers can check their routers to see if they’re

running on the 2.4 GHz frequency band. Slow and/or interrupted WiFi signals can If so, switching them to the 5 GHz band, be very frustrating. Thankfully, various which has more channels and is likely strategies can help consumers quickly to be less congested, may improve WiFi remedy such issues. performance. - Metro Content

The many benefits of houseplants The lines between the outdoors and indoors are being blurred. Homeowners build extensive outdoor living spaces so they can relax on weather-resistant furniture and even cook in lavish kitchens in their backyards. In addition, indoor three-season rooms full of bright, open windows that showcase outdoor vistas challenge the boundaries between outside and inside. For those working with limited budgets, there are some easy, inexpensive ways to enjoy the majesty of natural landscapes indoors. Houseplants can be used to improve indoor spaces, and they also provide various health benefits. HELP WITH ALLERGIES According to WebMD, rooms with houseplants tend to have less dust and mold in them than those without any foliage. Leaves and other parts of the plants serve as natural filters, catching airborne particles and allergens. Plants with textured leaves might be especially effective at trapping particles.

INCREASE INDOOR HUMIDITY AND REDUCE ILLNESS Studies from the Agricultural University of Norway found that indoor plants can increase humidity in indoor spaces, which decreases the incidences of sore throats, dry coughs, dry skin, and the common cold. Higher absolute humidity can decrease the chances of survival and transmission of PUT MORE OXYGEN INTO THE AIR The human respiratory system works by bringing in oxy- the flu virus. gen and releasing carbon dioxide. Plants do the opposite during photosynthesis. They absorb carbon dioxide and FILTER THE AIR then release oxygen. Plants can put much more oxygen Researchers who presented their work at the 252nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society into the air, improving indoor conditions.

found certain houseplants can combat the potentially harmful effects of volatile organic compounds. Plants may help filter out VOCs like benzene, acetone and formaldehyde, which can enter indoor air via cleaning supplies, dry-cleaned clothes, furniture, printers, and paints. IMPROVE INTERIOR ATMOSPHERE Prevention magazine says plants can be used to screen unattractive areas, moderate room temperature by shading spots from the sun and even reduce noise. Plants also can improve ambiance and create a pleasing atmosphere in a room. CAN IMPROVE MOOD Growing and caring for plants can alleviate everyday stress. A nationwide study from UK Magazine Gardeners World found 80 percent of gardeners declared themselves satisfied with life compared to 67 percent among non-gardeners. Gardeners were more positive mentally. Greenery can help people feel more at home and improve mental health. A rehab center in Norway found patients reported a greater increase in well-being four weeks after having greenery added to their surroundings. Houseplants can improve indoor areas and positively affect personal health. - Metro Content


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