Matt Peedin - Cary Real Estate
Matt Peedin - Cary Real Estate
Matt Peedin - Cary Real Estate
Matt Peedin - Cary Real Estate

Phone: 919-210-8388 | Email: mattpeedin@kw.com

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4 ways to maximize your basement, attic, and garage storage

Open Garage Interior

If you feel that your house is starting to get a little too cluttered, it’s time to put your basement, attic, and garage to better use. Here are 4 expert tips to make the most out of these spaces as your go-to storage solutions at home:

  1. Safety first

    Before beginning any work in the attic or basement, take time to ensure that the stairs and doorways are clear of any hazards. You should also sweep the floors and check dark corners for exposed nails or other potential injury risks.

  2. Consider the possible risks of using these areas for storage

    You’ll likely stop paying attention to the things you keep in storage as soon as they’re put away, so make sure that your storage space won’t ruin your belongings over time. Before stashing your stuff, check for risks involving extreme temperatures and humidity, flooding, and rodents and other pests.

  3. Figure out what you can store given your storage room’s conditions

    When you already know the risk factors involved in your storage space, you can organize your things accordingly. Personal and delicate items, such as clothes, photos, and important documents belong in low-risk spaces, whereas more durable items like suitcases, trunks, Christmas decorations, and toys outgrown by kids can be stored in less than ideal conditions.

  4. Brighten up your storage spaces

    When you have a hard time seeing things, you’ll have a similarly hard time getting things done. Increase the lighting in your basement, attic, and garage. Not only will this improve visibility, it will also make these spaces seem larger and more pleasant to be in.

If you’re looking for a home in Morrisville, Apex, Garner, and other great Research Triangle communities in NC, browse the website to view your options. For inquiries, call me at 919-210-8388 or email MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

8 tips for boosting your curb appeal

Brand new suburban house

Making a strong first impression can help you fetch a rewarding deal for your property. Use these 8 tips to make your home’s curb appeal an instant selling point:

  1. Put yourself in your buyer’s shoes

    Walk around your neighborhood and take note of the parts and elements of the neighbors’ homes that seem “off” – things that need repairing, cleaning or replacing. Do the same with your house and look at the property using an outsider’s perspective to identify the parts that you need to clean, fix, or update.

  2. Get fresh eyes to look at your property

    Ask a neighbor to take a look at your curb, too. They may spot certain defects that have become too familiar for you to notice, like chipped paint, cobwebs, and cracked steps.

  3. Learn when and how to take the best photos

    Today, 9 out of 10 home buyers begin their home search online. This makes high-quality photography an important piece of your selling strategy.  If you’re taking photos on your own, learn the best times to shoot (e.g. the “golden hour” just after sunrise or before sunset) and the best angles to put the beauty of your house on full display.

  4. Pay attention to your roof

    Just because it’s not in your direct line of sight, it doesn’t mean that your roof goes unnoticed among buyers. Have yours shingles cleaned, or replaced if necessary, before any buyer visits.

  5. Add color to your front yard
  6. If you need an instant boost to your front yard, the right choice of decorative foliage will do the trick. Look for annual plants that bloom any time of year.

  7. Update your house numbers

    Make your home easy to find by cleaning or updating your house numbers. Consider the design of the home to make sure that the numbers pop out against the wall or front door without being an eyesore.

  8. Pressure wash

    Give your sidings, deck, paths, and driveway a good scrub with a trusty pressure wash. If you don’t own a pressure washer, rent one or hire a professional washer.

  9. Make things bright

    Light gives a home’s aesthetic appeal a huge boost. Open shutters and curtains to let natural light brighten up interior spaces during a visit – and look good from the outside, too. You can also install exterior lights that highlight the best portions of your front yard, porch, and paths.

To learn more about selling your home, check out our Sellers page. For inquiries, give me a call at 919-210-8388 or send me an email at MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

Making your move easier on your kids – and yourself

Family moving into new home

Relocating to a new home and neighborhood is an exciting time – but it can also be stressful especially when dealing with kids.

Here are helpful tips to get your kids in a better mindset for the move:

  • Involve them in the move

    One of the main reasons that kids can get agitated by a move is the sense of helplessness about the big change. Address this by involving them in the process. Let them know why you’re moving and when you plan to move. Ask older children what features they’d like in their new home – and what they can look forward to. Go online and show them images or videos of the new neighborhood. Respect their separation anxiety and take the time to reassure them when they’re worried.

  • Ask them to help you prepare for the move

    For your young children, make a game out of packing their toys, books, and other favorites. Planning a special “unboxing” time when you move in will also build their excitement.

  • Stay positive

    Children will have an easier time accepting the major change when they sense positive emotions from their parents. Be more vocal and visibly excited about the new places, activities, and opportunities that your new house and neighborhood will bring.

  • Hire a babysitter on the day of the move

    This tip is for you. To make sure younger children don’t slow down activities on moving day, get a babysitter to look after them. Or enlist the help of friends and family members to keep kids occupied or away from the house until after you’ve emptied it. The same tip can apply to pets. Let someone look after your dog or cat while you’re in the process of moving.

If you’d like to move to North Carolina’s Research Triangle, browse the website to check out your residential options. For inquiries, call me at 919-210-8388 or send me an email at MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

Weekend at the Triangle

Young men and women enjoying a party

Young men and women enjoying a party
Cheers to the weekend!

You’ve counted down the hours, and finally the weekend is here. But if you don’t have any plans yet, here’s a quick little itinerary for the Research Triangle Park area in NC:

FRIDAY

Welcome the weekend!
Put another long week behind you with an invigorating drink at the Raleigh Brewing Company. Be sure to try “The Miller’s Toll,” a 9.1% ABV oatmeal stout that won bronze at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.

SATURDAY

Fuel up
What better way to kick off the weekend (and wean off last night’s buzz) than a great big breakfast. And if it’s a hearty breakfast you’re after, there’s no better place than Brigham’s Great Beginnings in Raleigh. They concoct new omelets and sandwich recipes each month, so there’s always something here to tickle your taste buds.

Commune with nature
Clear your mind and recharge your spirit by exploring the American Tobacco Trail in Durham. It’s 22-mile trail cuts through tree canopies and woodlands, and provides an occasional view of the farm fields and houses in the surrounding area. You can explore this trail by foot, bike, horseback, or even with your dogs.

SUNDAY

Shop your heart out
There’s no better therapy than retail therapy. Luckily, downtown Carrboro in Chapel Hill is a shopper’s delight. Here you can find stationery stores, vinyl record shops, cafes, art supply retailers, and many more nifty boutiques.

Seek out inspiration
A visit to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh will surely enliven your creative muse. Its permanent collection features work from antiquity to the present day. There’s also a 164-acre art park that boasts awe-inspiring outdoor installations.

When you live in Research Triangle Park, every weekend is worth looking forward to. Do you want to be part of this bustling community? Browse the site for residential options. For inquiries, give Matt Peedin a call at 919-210-8388 or email him at mattpeedin(at)kw(dotted)com.

How to get the most out of a home inspection

Inspectors

Inspection is a critical stage in buying a home. It brings to light potential issues that you may have to deal with if you decide to buy the house.

A home inspection usually covers the structural integrity of a home and the condition of its exteriors, plumbing, electrical systems, roof and the attic, and appliances. Think of inspection as a comprehensive introduction to your new home – the crucial nooks and crannies of it, as a matter of fact.

Here are 4 ways to get better value from your home inspection:

  1. Hire a professional

    You’ll want to work with a licensed professional who is familiar with the types of homes in your neighborhood and the local building codes. Ask your agent to refer a trusted local inspector for your home.

  2. Prepare a list of questions and concerns

    Be a savvy buyer throughout the process. As soon as you begin attending viewings, take note of all the details and write down all your questions and concerns about the property.

    Before the inspection, your inspector will discuss his procedure and objectives. Use this opportunity to raise your concerns, as well as any property disclosures shared by the seller so that the inspector will carry out the job with all these details in mind.

  3. Look around the property with the inspector

    Ask the inspector if you could walk around with him during the inspection process. This is an opportunity to learn about every minute detail of your home.

    Through this exercise, learn how all the systems work and where the important components and system controls can be found, so that you’ll know where to start troubleshooting when something goes wrong in your home.

  4. Create a maintenance plan based on the inspection

    Using all the findings and insights resulting from your inspection, you can carefully prepare a comprehensive maintenance plan for your home. This will help you schedule your home’s inevitable and crucial upkeep tasks, as well as prepare for the expenses that these services entail.

For more tips on how to make the most out of living in Morrisville, Apex, Garner, and other great Research Triangle communities, browse the website. For inquiries, all me at 919-210-8388 or email MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

Unique experiences and destinations in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA downtown skyline

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA downtown skyline
Experience something different in Raleigh (above), Durham, and Chapel Hill

Want to avoid the common tourist traps in the Research Triangle area? Then check out these little-known but fascinating destinations:

RALEIGH

  • Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky
    The North Carolina Museum of Art has a surprise hidden round back. Created by artist Chris Drury, the Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky is a squat, circular hut that serves as an oversized camera obscura for the firmament.
  • Joel Lane House Museum
    For a man known as the “Father of Raleigh,” little is known about John Lane. He sold the land where Raleigh lies to North Carolina, but no one knows quite why. Moreover, not a single photo of the man can be found. The only testament to his existence is his 250-year-old home in downtown Raleigh.

DURHAM

  • Duke Lemur Center
    Duke University is home to the world’s largest sanctuary for lemurs. Lemurs are the only simians that hibernate, and researchers believe that this survival mechanism might be replicated in humans to prolong our lifespan.
  • V & E Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection
    Accumulated over 50 years, this collection features nearly 300 tubas dating as far back as the 1910s. Founder Vincent Simonetti is a true connoisseur of brass instruments, as his collection also has saxhorns, euphoniums, and sousaphones.

CHAPEL HILL

  • The Carolina Basketball Museum
    Located in the University of North Carolina, this museum charts the history of the university’s storied basketball program. It features a wide variety of exhibits, displays, photographs, and artifacts related to the much-loved sport.
  • Gimghoul Castle

  • Formerly called Hippol Castle, this structure is said to be haunted by the spirit of one Peter Dromgoole, who died in a duel fought in the name of love. There are also whispers that the castle is associated with a secret society called the Order of the Gimghoul.

Indeed, the cities comprising Research Triangle Park are filled with interesting destinations off the beaten track. If you want to be part of this exciting and interesting area, browse the website for housing options. For inquiries, call Matt Peedin at 919-210-8388 or mattpeedin(at)kw(dotted)com.

Choosing the Right 55+ Community

Group of Senior

Finding a suitable community for your older loved ones will give them the best opportunities to lead fulfilling lives in their golden years. Here are essential considerations that can help you choose the right one for them:

  • Location, location, location

    This famous real estate adage applies all the way to one’s senior years. Older homeowners may want to move to a community that is relatively close to their old neighborhood so they can still stay in touch with family and friends. You can also look into matters like the local climate, type of natural surroundings, and recreational opportunities that make living conditions comfortable and pleasant.

  • Types of housing units

    While a single-family home may offer plenty of privacy and space, it may suggest loneliness and isolation in an empty-nester. Consider a more “connected” neighborhood like a townhouse complex. Take a close look at the structural quality of the homes, too. Constant upkeep and repairs are the last thing on any retiree’s mind.

  • Community amenities, services, and programs

    Determine the needs, preferences, and capabilities of an older occupant. For example, can they still prepare their own meals, or are regular food deliveries necessary?  Some retirement communities offer services like meal plans and transportation, as well as regular programs designed for social and physical engagement. Find one that offers the best value for money. After all, a senior’s financial stability is especially crucial at this stage in their life.

  • Security and emergency measures

    Older adults living independently need deliberate measures to ensure their safety and security. Check that security personnel and infrastructure are in place to provide ample protection and monitoring around the community.

    You should also make sure that there are ambulances, clinics, fire stations, police outposts, and other emergency measures nearby.

Find an excellent retirement community in Cary, Apex, Raleigh, and more Research Triangle communities by working with me, Matt Peedin. Browse the website for housing options. For inquiries, call me at 919-210-8388 or send me an email at MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

Living and working in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC

Young scientist doing some research

Young scientist doing some research

If you’re smart and ambitious, you’re always looking for opportunities to advance your career. But are you looking in the right place?

While Silicon Valley might be top of mind, there’s a hidden gem in North Carolina that’s become a hotspot for the best and brightest: Research Triangle Park.

Bounded by the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, this area is home not just to renowned universities but also to many cutting-edge companies. If you’re planning to relocate here, here’s an overview of the job market:

Fast facts

  • At 5.7 %, the unemployment rate is lower than the 9% national average. The average annual salary here is more than $49,000.
  • There are plenty of job opportunities for a wide range of professionals in the fields of research, education, technology, and health care. In fact, Research Park alone employs some 7,000 people.
  • Research Park’s component cities have won recognition for their wonderful employment prospects. Forbes voted Raleigh as the #3 Best Place for Business and Career, while Realtor.com hailed Durham as the #8 Best City for Working Moms.

A closer look

Research Park Triangle is home to many distinguished Fortune 500 companies such as IBM Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline, just to name a few.

As you can tell from Research Park Triangle’s name, many of the big employers here are in the STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – industries. This is hardly surprising, given that the area is bordered by Duke University, NC State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Burgeoning industries such as “cleantech” are also making a lot of buzz in this locality.

Locals have also instituted #TriangleTuesdays, an initiative that seeks to consolidate job postings from employers to make things easier for jobseekers.

The future looks bright for Research Park Triangle, so what are you waiting for? Browse the site to look for homes in and around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC. For inquiries, call Matt Peedin at 919-210-8388 or email mattpeedin(at)kw(dotted)com.

4 questions to ask before buying a lakefront home

Lake Living Series

Waterfront homes offer gorgeous surroundings and a unique sense of tranquility. This is why the market for these properties is so competitive.

When you shop for a lakefront house, make sure the property is worth its premium price tag by asking – and getting answers to – the following questions:

  1. Why do I want a lakefront house?

    A lake house can be your dream home, a soothing escape for the occasional vacation, or a lucrative rental property. Being clear about how you want to use the property can help you weigh your considerations between must-have and optional property features.

  2. What activities am I allowed to do with the property and the waterfront area?

    Whether you will reside in the home or eventually rent it out, it’s important to understand how much access you have to the surrounding waterfront area. Is private boating allowed? How about fishing? Ask your Realtor about related local ordinances.

  3. What is the neighborhood like?

    Like any other home purchase, a visit to the neighborhood prior to closing the deal is always a good idea. You’ll get acquainted with your neighbors ahead of time, observe the local lifestyle, and personally check out homeowner rules and regulations.

  4. What do I need to maintain the property?

    Because of its greater exposure to the elements, a lakefront home endures more wear and tear than typical houses. Learn about insurance, home maintenance tasks you can do on your own, and routine maintenance services offered in your neighborhood. Plan for these costs accordingly.

North Carolina’s Research Triangle boasts plenty of idyllic lakefront areas that you can call home. If you’re looking for one in Raleigh, Cary, Holly Springs, or other surrounding communities, browse the site to check out your housing options. For inquiries, call me at 919-210-8388 or send me an email at MattPeedin(at)KW(dotted)com.

Schools and universities in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC

Duke University Chapel at sunrise
Duke University chapel at sunrise

To say that North Carolina has great schools is an understatement. Just take a look at the great options available to you:

THE BIG THREE

  1. Duke University
    Durham, NC

    Duke is home to about 15,000 students and is renowned for its medicine, engineering, and business programs.

  2. North Carolina State University
    Raleigh, NC

    NCSU is known for its focus on applied research. Is it any wonder why many of its alumni go on to found startups and invent groundbreaking technologies?

  3. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, NC

    The country’s oldest public university is also one of the country’s best higher educational institutions. Its business, law, and medicine programs are topnotch.

OTHER COLLEGES

  • Campbell University
    Buies Creek, NC

    Some 10,000 students call Campbell University their alma mater. It recently opened its new School of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • North Carolina Central University
    Durham, NC

    This is the country’s first public liberal arts institution for African-Americans. Its Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) also makes it a leader in STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

  • William Peace University
    Raleigh, NC

    The 150-year old university is home to just 750 students, which means the pupil-to-professor ratio is an amazing 15:1.

  • Meredith College
    Raleigh, NC

    Despite being an independent institution, Meredith College is the largest women’s college in the Southeast region.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS

  • Wake County Public School System
    The largest public school system in North Carolina, this school district serves over 155,000 students.
  • Durham Public Schools
    Durham Public Schools emphasizes breadth of learning, which is why it offers many learning opportunities for both the sciences and the arts.
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
    Did you know that this school district has North Carolina’s highest average SAT score at 1,753?
  • Orange County Public Schools
    Despite its size, this school district is home to many competitive schools both in the elementary and high school levels.

The best part? There are still real estate properties available near these esteemed institutions and within each school district. Browse the website for your housing options. For inquiries, contact Matt Peedin today at 919-210-8388 or mattpeedin(at)kw(dotted)com.