Category Archives: Gaston County – NC
It’s time for the holiday parades and tree lightings. If you love parades or just looking for something to get you into the holiday spirit, then take a look at all the holiday events happening around the Lake Norman area.
Birkdale Tree Ligthing – (Click on event for more details)
November 14th from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Charlotte-South End Tree Lighting – November 21st at Atherton Mill
Concord Tree Lighting – November 20th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Concord Christmas Parade – November 21st from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Mooresville Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
November 24th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Carolina Panthers Tree Lighting – November 24th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Novant Thanksgiving Day Parade – (Click on event for more details)
November 26th from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Light Up Cornelius – (Click on event for more details)
November 28th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Denver Tree Lighting – (Click on event for more details)
November 29th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Belmont Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 1st from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
McAdenville – Christmas Town Festival & Tree Ligthting – (Click on event for more details)
December 1st from 4:30 pm -9:00 pm (town lights up every evening 12/1 – 12/26)
Mount Holly Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 2nd from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Fort Mill Tree Lighting – December 3rd from 6:00 pm
Fort Mill Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 4th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Waxhaw Festival of Lights – December 4th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Denver Christmas Parade – (Click on event for more details)
December 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Matthews Hometown Holiday Celebration – (Click on event for more details)
December 5th from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Gastonia Christmas Parade – December 6th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Stanley Christmas Parade – December 9th from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Huntersville Tree Lighting – (Click on event for more details)
December 12th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Waxhaw Christmas Parade – December 13th from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
It’s that time of year; the seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether now is the right time to buy don’t have to look much farther to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.
1. Prices Will Continue to Rise
The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report released recently projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 10.5% (most pessimistic) and 25.5% (most optimistic).
The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.
2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase
Although Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have softened recently, most experts predict that they will begin to rise later this year. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will be up almost a full percentage point by the end of next year.
An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.
3. Either Way You are Paying a Mortgage
As a recent paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:
“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”
4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life
The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.
But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait?
Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy.
Well it is!…August is national water quality month which makes it the perfect time to provide you with some smart water quality tips.
Below is a little list of the small things we can do to ensure a happy, healthy home.
1) If you have a well, have it tested once a year for bacteria. Since August is National Water Quality Month, now is a great time to start.
2) Help conserve water by installing a water saving showerhead and toilet.
3) Install a backflow preventer to prevent garden hose water from flowing backwards into your drinking water.
These are a few things to you can do to help keep your drinking water safe. If you additional tips you would like to share, just leave us a comment and we will add to the list.
Summer is here which means the energy bill goes up, right? It doesn’t have to! Below is a small list of things you can do to help cut some of your cost.
1) Say no to cracks – Do you have air leaks in your home? A good way to check is to walk around your home with a lit candle or incense stick. Walk up to doors, windows & electrical outlets. If the candle flame moves or the incense smoke moves, you have a leak. Sealing the leaks is the best way to fix the problem and will help you in the Summer & Winter.
2) Conserve Water – Cut back on watering your lawn in the Summer or let it go dormant. This would help you reduce your water bill and conserve water at the same time. Think about using a natural resource – rainwater. Try setting out containers to collect rainwater to help water a flower garden or planting new trees.
3) Get Unplugged – Did you know that your TV’s, computers, printers and other electronic devices still use power even when turned off? Well they do and the Summer time is perfect time for outdoor activities. So unplug your electronic devices and head outdoors.
4) Your Grill – Did you know your grill uses less energy than your oven? It does and it could help reduce your energy bill too. How you ask? When you use your oven it creates heat inside your home which may trigger your AC to turn on. When you use your grill, you are outside in the fresh air and you are keeping the extra heat out. It is a win win situation!
Summer time is a great time to invite friends over for backyard parties. However, many of us have unwanted guest that regularly attend these parties…mosquitoes. Below is a list of some things to help keep the guest away.
1) Prevention – Mosquitoes begin their lives in water. Walk around your home and look for standing water. All it takes is a bottle cap full of water to welcome mosquitoes to your home.
2) Lemongrass – A mature Lemongrass plant can help keep these unwanted guests away. You must trim the top and plant it in a clear container of water.
lemongrass likes sun so place it in a windowsill that gets plenty of sun. Once the roots have been developed, you can transplant the plant outdoors.
3) Citronella & a Wine Bottle – Mosquitoes do not like the smell of citronella. Here is a way to use old wine bottles & citronella to keep them away.
– 1 empty and clean wine bottle
– 1 Tiki torch wick refill (thick)
– 3/8″ diameter metal washer (or adjust for size of openings)
Feed the wick through the openings of the washer. Try leaving about 1/4″ of the wick sticking out of the top for a snug fit. Make sure there aren’t any gaps between the washer and the wick. This may cause the bottle to fill up with smoke.
Pour the oil into the bottle to cover half of the wick. Feed the longer side of the wick into the bottle. Light the top wick and enjoy the smell.
4) Maintenance spray – Many local business have a mosquito sprays. The company comes out once a month for 4-5 months and sprays bushes and small trees around your home. From experience, this treatment does help.
It’s time for spring cleaning! Make it a family affair and get the family involved. Here are a few cleaning tips for different age groups.
2-4 years old
- Dust- windowsills
- Dust- baseboards
- Help feed pets
- Sweep (with supervision)
- Clean up toys
- Check under tables, beds and furniture for items that don’t belong
5-8 year old
- Everything listed under 2-4 years old
- Load and unload the dishwasher
- Dust- table tops & furniture
- Clean the windows
- Help with groceries
- Set the table
- Clear the table
- Make beds
- Hang up clothes
- Everything listed from 8 & under
- Clean bathroom
- Help with laundry- run washer & dryer
- Fold clothes
- Wash dishes
- Take out the trash
- Rake leaves
- Walk pets
- Everything listed for 12 & under
- Vacuum and/or mop floors
- Help prepare meals
- Change bed linens
To get started, you will need the following items…
- Kiddie pool
- Water & water hose
- Dish soap
- Soft bristle broom
Place all screens in the pool and let them soak for a few minutes (5 minutes max).
Once the screens are finished soaking, swish them back and fourth. You can use the broom to assist you in this. Repeat for both sides.
Now that both sides are cleaned, take the screen out and rinse with a hose to remove all soap. Then, lay screens out to dry before putting back in windows.
*If you would like to clean your screens on a weekly basis, use your vacuum cleaner by running the hose up and down the screen very lightly. Don’t push too hard or it could cause stretching.
March is the ideal month to get your garden started. Whether you dream of a lush herb garden or vegetable garden, now is the time. Below is a list of some vegetables and herbs to get your garden started.
First you must get the soil ready. For most, you can simply start by mixing in compost. However, if you are planning for a large garden, getting your soil tested is the best way to start.
These veggies can be planted in March and can withstand the last frost days.
Grow these veggies/herbs indoors first, before transplanting outdoors.
Herbs: basil, oregano, thyme and sage
- Have your carpets professionally cleaned and vacuum regularly. This helps you remove sources that are likely to come in contact with moisture.
- Get some fresh air. Open the windows. By doing this, you help give mold an exit and reduce the trapped moisture that can attract mold in the future.
- Turn up the heat. Condensation is bad for your home. So if you notice that it is forming, bring those rooms to a warmer temperature so the the water vapor in the air doesn’t change to the liquid state.
- Change your shower curtain. This will help eliminate unhealthy mold and mildew that contribute to mold problems in the shower and tub. Try to air out the shower and/or wipe down the walls before leaving the bathroom.