Historic Districts in HendersonvilleWestern North Carolina is very proud of its rich history.  This is evident in the loving way we have preserved the best of our past in cities all around the area.  Hendersonville is no exception.  Hendersonville’s Main Street houses several historic buildings as well as antique shops and boutiques.  The Henderson County Courthouse was completely renovated just a few years ago (2008) and City Hall (built in 1924) was recently restored to its former glory.  If you’re a history buff, you simply must visit these historic districts in Hendersonville:

Druid Hills is a residential area located across from Patton Park in Hendersonville More than 70 buildings have been preserved here.  Some of the styles of architecture you will see in this neighborhood include Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival and Craftsman Bungalows.  The community was built with plenty of open area, mature trees and winding streets. 

The Hyman Heights/Mount Royal area is another residential district located to the northeast of Five Points and consisting of more than 120 historical buildings.  Originally, this neighborhood was where most of the doctors working at Patton Hospital (Hendersonville‘s first official hospital) built their residences.  Included in the historic buildings is a Gothic Revival home named Kilarney that dates all the way back to 1858.

To the east of Five Points and Main Street is the Cold Spring Park residential area.  This was where the city’s working class people lived.  With just 37 historic homes, this is Hendersonville’s smallest historic district.

To the southwest of downtown Hendersonville is the historic residential district of Lenox Park.  This area was set up in a grid pattern that was typical of the early 1900s.  Some of the architectural styles you will see include bungalows, Queen Anne and Four Square, amongst others.

While it’s fun to look at historic Hendersonville homes, you may be interested in checking out the historic commercial districts of the city as well.  The Seventh Avenue Depot District (two blocks to the northeast of Main St) originated in the late 1800s around the city’s first depot.  The Main Street Historic District is laid out in a typical grid pattern and dates back to 1841.  The area has been restored to its turn of the century splendor.

When you come to Western North Carolina, please visit the historic districts of Hendersonville.  If you love history, architecture or both, this is definitely the place for you.  It’s easy to see why residents are so proud of Hendersonville real estate.

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

Home remodeling projects your should focus onThe housing market across the country has undergone a tremendous change over the last several years.  Hendersonville homeowners are looking at ways they can improve or update their home to get the most return on their investment when it comes time to sell it.  According to recent reports, the best projects to tackle around your house aren’t the big expensive ones, but rather the quicker, more affordable projects.  Here are a few home remodeling projects you should focus on that give the best cost-to-value ratio:

Entry Door Replacement – This is an often overlooked part of the home when it comes to updating and maintaining.  It also places the highest in the cost-to-value ratio.

Garage Door Replacement – This doesn’t mean just replacing the old version that you lock up manually and have to open manually.  A motorized garage door appeals to a much wider variety of Hendersonville buyers, especially as our generation ages.

Wooden Deck Addition – Outdoor spaces are a major selling point for buyers, even during the colder winter months.  Having a space ready for entertaining at any time is a must.  A beautiful green expanse of yard is wonderful, but adding a wooden deck can transform your outdoor space into an extension of your home’s living area.

Kitchen FaceliftYou don’t have to completely gut and remodel the kitchen to make an impact.  Instead, utilize the space to make simple updates, such as a new paint color and flooring, adding or replacing cabinet hardware and updating the faucet.  Replacing older appliances with newer energy-efficient models will save you money when you purchase them (many Energy Star appliances offer rebates), when you use them (using less energy means you save money on your electric bills) and when you sell them (more and more buyers are looking for energy-efficient homes).

Room Additions – OK, this may sound expensive at first.  However, I am not talking about actually building a room addition onto your Hendersonville home.  This can be expensive and time-consuming.  First you have to draw up the plans, then you need to obtain the proper permits and then you pour the concrete, add the framework and finish it off.  Instead, take existing space (such as the attic or basement) and transform it into extra bedrooms, an office, a family room, that extra roomy master bedroom you always wanted or whatever your heart desires.  Since this area has already been included in the original plans and building process, you don’t have to mess with the expenses associated with actually adding on to your existing Hendersonville home.  And, it adds more functional, usable living space to your home, which can be a HUGE advantage when it comes time to sell.

These are just some of the home remodeling projects you should focus on when updating the look of your Hendersonville home.  Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home this minute, these projects will not only help make your home more attractive to you, but it will also be more attractive to potential buyers and your pocketbook in the future.  When you do decide to sell your Hendersonville home, don’t forget to contact me!

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

How to Avoid Mover ScamsThe summer (between Memorial Day and Labor Day) is the busiest season for moving.  The kids are out of school, the weather’s good and summer vacations are in full effect.  Sometimes, you can’t do the moving from your Hendersonville home all by yourself and need to hire a professional.  Unfortunately, scammers know this.  Here are some tips on how to avoid mover scams:

  • Get Personal Referrals – Know anyone who has moved lately and had to hire a professional moving company to do it?  Ask them who they used and what they thought of them.  This includes family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.  Research at least three moving companies that have offices in your general area.  Check their rating on a website like JD Power and Associates.
  • Double Check – One common scam is for a moving company is to call itself something similar to a reputable moving company or even saying they are an affiliate of an established moving company.  Go to the website that the moving company says they are affiliated with to make sure that they are indeed a part of the company.  If in doubt, contact the reputable company directly to ask.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Demand an On-Site Inspection – When a moving company gives you a quote over the phone, be wary.  Typically, a moving company needs to see what goods they will be transporting before they can give an adequate estimate.
  • No Upfront Costs – Avoid moving companies who ask for a large deposit up front or insist on cash payment only.  Scammers will take the money and run or pick up your belongings, which you will never see again.
  • Website Red Flags – When visiting a mover’s website, the following should send up some red flags: no local address or other local information, no licensing information and no insurance information is given.
  • Calling Up a Mover – If someone answers the phone with a generic “movers” or “moving company” greeting instead of the actual name of the company, they could very possibly be a scam.
  • Moving Trucks – On the day of your move, make sure the moving truck is marked with the company’s logo and contact information.  A mover who uses a rental truck or unmarked vehicle is most likely a scammer.
  • Know Your Rights – You have rights.  Every licensed moving company is supposed to provide you with a copy of the “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” handbook.  This is especially important when you are moving out of state.  If one is not provided to you before you move, don’t use their service.

When moving from your Hendersonville home, avoid mover scams by being educated about what you should and should not expect from your mover.  If you need help selling your Western North Carolina home, please contact me today.

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist