Going from Stink To Sold – Make it Smell Good to Sell Your House

Selling a house in Murphy, North Carolina, or any area for that matter, is really hard when it stinks. Both literally and figuratively! If a buyer’s nose is negatively assaulted by a strong smell when they arrive in a house, they’ll often leave with a bad impression no matter how perfect everything else is. I’ve literally shown houses where the buyer took two steps inside, then turned around and left over stench.

There are all kinds of offensive odors which stand out in buyer’s minds. Something you may have become completely desensitized to will stick out like a red flag and cause buyer not to purchase your nose-knows-a-smell-when-selling-your-househouse. Common foul odors are:

  • Pets
  • Smoke
  • Staleness and must, especially when caused by excessive moisture
  • Mold or mildew
  • Trash
  • Sewer or septic odor

Some smells can be particularly challenging to destroy, and for those, we have vendors who can take care of the worst of the worst. However there are easy things you can do to make a world of difference and ultimately contribute to hanging a SOLD sign in your yard.

Febreeze works miracles! This is one of our top secrets to make your home smell fresh and inviting to a buyer. Don’t get any “fancy” sprays or scents that particularly stand out (many folks think you’re trying to hide something if its too strong), but rather the original Febreeze seems to work the best. It doesn’t particularly standout nor is it overpowering. It makes for a fresh, clean house worthy of buying. I would encourage you not to use anything that smells stronger than Fresh Baked Cookies.

Get rid of the perpetrator! If you have a pet bed Fido has been using for the last 15 years, it may be time to go shopping for a new one. If you have covers on sofas, curtains, soiled rugs or carpeting, or any other fabric needing to be washed, now is the time! Then, maintain it with Febreeze.

As part of our service to you, we won’t sugarcoat smells! If something stands out to us, we will tell you so you can identify and take action. The nose is a sympathetic organ and can omit alerting you to a smell, especially if it has been around a while. Don’t take offense! Rather, as constructive feedback. Our goal is selling your house for the most money in the shortest period of time, and bad smells can definitely cause the opposite if you’re unaware of an issue.

Please give us a call or contact us here and let us help stage your house so you can get the best results and ultimately get your real estate sold!

John Poltrock – The Poltrock Team at RE/MAX – Murphy NC – www.iLoveMurphy.com – 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Cherokee County Medical Facilities: Eyes, Ears/Nose/Throat, and Orthopedics

eye-examOPHTHALMOLOGISTS/OPTOMETRISTS (OD)
If you suddenly have trouble reading the small print on the cereal package, or your computer screen looks a bit blurry, it might be time for an eye exam. You may even have a standing appointment for a yearly vision test. In Murphy, NC, two different types of medical professionals provide eye care services.

OPHTHALMOLOGISTS
Ophthalmologists are highly trained physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care. They provide treatment for conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, physical trauma, and chemical burns. In addition, an ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats eye conditions that relate to other diseases, such as diabetes. When this medical specialist conducts an eye exam, he’s literally viewing your eyes through a medical lens.

Ophthalmologist
Dr. Daniel Eichenbaum, 1321 US Highway 64 West in Murphy. Call for an appointment: 828-837-5404.

OPTOMETRISTS (OD)
Each dedicated optometrist has earned a Doctor of Optometry Degree, and some practitioners have completed additional clinical training. Optometrists focus on standard vision care, performing eye exams and identifying conditions such as farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. They can also diagnose glaucoma, cataracts, and conjunctivitis. Optometrists prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, and also provide vision therapy services.

Optometrists
Peachtree & Andrews Family Eye Care
Dr. Jeff Taylor, OD and Dr. Lynn Taylor, OD
Peachtree Location: 4295 E. US Highway 64 Alternate, Murphy, NC (828) 837-1000
Andrews Location: 29 Chestnut Street, Andrews, NC (828) 321-2020
Office Hours for Both Locations: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to Noon.

Dr. Keith Clay, OD
137 Peachtree St # 3 in Murphy. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-2014.

Dr. Holly Gutierrez, OD
Vision Center, Inside Walmart, 2330 Highway 19 in Murphy. Call for an appointment: (828) 835-3177.

OTOLARYNGOLOGISTS (Ear, Nose, and Throat Physicians )
If you’ve ever had a really stubborn earache, or maybe some persistent sinus symptoms, your family doctor might recommend that you see an ENT (or Ear, Nose, and Throat) specialist (also called an otolaryngologist). These specially trained physicians treat patients who have diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, and throat, and related head and neck structures.

Otolaryngologist
Dr. Richard Weisenburger, Peachtree ENT & Facial Plastics
145 Medical Park Lane, Suite J in Murphy. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-3223.

ORTHOPEDIC PHYSICIANS (or Orthopedic Surgeons)
If you (or your child) breaks an arm or leg, suffers from nagging back pain, or experiences a nasty sports injury, an orthopedic physician (or orthopedic surgeon) will likely diagnose your problem and provide targeted treatment. These skilled physicians care for your musculoskeletal system, consisting of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and skin. Besides surgery, treatment techniques might include medication and/or a rehabilitation program.

Orthopedic Physician
Dr. Brent Davis, 75 Medical Park Lane, Suite B in Murphy. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-9181.

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.ilovemurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Cherokee County Medical Facilities: Obstetricians/Gynecologists, Pregnancy Services Providers, and Pediatricians

Patient-talking-to-doctorOBSTETRICIANS/GYNECOLOGISTS
Obstetricians/gynecologists are like two sides of the same coin. If you’re currently a mother, or will be playing that role sometime soon, you know your obstetrician will become your best buddy during your pregnancy. She’ll keep close tabs on your health during those important nine months, deliver your baby, and provide care just after the baby is born.

In contrast, a gynecologist (or GYN) provides reproductive health care throughout your lifetime. Whether you’re a teenaged girl, a woman of childbearing age, or a lady who has entered (or completed) menopause, you’ll benefit from regularly visiting your gynecologist. During those appointments, she’ll provide routine screenings and diagnose and treat infections. In some cases, she might perform surgery to address a specific problem. A trained obstetrician/gynecologist switches effortlessly between both roles. Here in Murphy, NC, two types of medical professionals can provide you with good reproductive health support.

Murphy Group Practice: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dr. Larry Holder and Dr. Pushpa Phillips, supported by dedicated nursing and operating room staff, provide the full range of obstetrics/gynecology services in Cherokee County. They’ll conduct your annual screenings, perform targeted procedures, support you through pregnancy and delivery, or help make your menopausal years smoother. Location: 75 Medical Park Lane, Suite D in Murphy. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to Noon. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-1332.

Pregnancy Services Providers
The Cherokee County Health Department ensures that expectant mothers have access to numerous pregnancy care services. Two nurse practitioners serve as care managers, handling prenatal care appointments and referrals, and counseling patients about healthy habits during pregnancy. Information on Medicaid childbirth classes is also readily available. Location: 228 Hilton Street in Murphy. Call for an appointment: 828-837-7486.

PEDIATRICIANS
Your child’s pediatrician can give your child a healthy start, and provide health-related guidance until he (or she) reaches age 21. Besides conducting regular physical exams and administering recommended immunizations, the pediatrician will diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. She’ll also provide you with child nutrition and safety guidelines, and ensure that your child meets appropriate developmental milestones. If your child needs specialized care, your pediatrician will closely collaborate with a recognized medical expert.

Peachtree Pediatrics
At this established pediatrics practice, your child or adolescent will receive professional care from board-certified pediatricians and nurse practitioners. Location: 125 Medical Park Lane, Suite F, Murphy, NC. Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. After-Hours Clinic most days from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday Urgent Walk-In Clinic opens at 9:30 a.m., and all patients must be signed in by 10:00 a.m. Note: The Saturday Clinic does not operate during June, July and August. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-2128.

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.ilovemurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Murphy Massage Therapists Help to Relax Your Body and Mind

photo-1140x855Let’s face it. We’ve all overdone it with the yard work, or completely overextended ourselves at the gym. Or, maybe your job has been a real pressure cooker lately. Whatever the reason, there’s nothing like a nice professional massage to relax your muscles and banish that stress from your life. Fortunately, even in a small town like Murphy, NC, we have several skilled massage therapists who can help their clients get an important physical and mental boost.

Soul Therapy Massage & Bodywork
First, book some time with licensed massage therapist Renee Lamance of Soul Therapy Massage & Bodywork, who can provide you with a delightful customized massage session. Renee’s studio is located inside Avalon Salon on Biddie Lane in Murphy, and it’s the calmest, most welcoming place you can imagine. She also works in private-practice therapists’ offices. Depending on her client’s needs, Renee applies deep tissue massage, hot stone therapy, reflexology, Reiki, Thai massage, and more. She also delivers a top-notch chair massage, great for clients who just can’t squeeze in a trip to the studio.

Carolina Orthopedic Massage
For a decidedly different twist on massage therapy, visit Carolina Orthopedic Massage, conveniently located at 429 Hill Street just past downtown Murphy. This dual-focus business is operated by Jay and April Gibson, who each practice a different type of massage. Jay focuses on orthopedic massage, designed to correct your body’s dysfunctions so your joints can move more freely. In turn, your body becomes better able to function like it’s supposed to. In contrast, April enjoys giving her clients a relaxing deep-tissue massage, with each session focused on the client’s specific needs. Both massage modalities can contribute to a better healing process. If you have specific medical concerns, however, check in with your doctor first.

Murphy Massage
On the other hand, maybe you’d like to choose your own massage therapy location. If that’s the case, contact Murphy Massage, operated by Roy and Linda Bamfield. This husband and wife massage therapy team operates a private studio near Cherokee Hills Golf Course, just outside Murphy, NC. Or, take them up on their “have massage table/chair, will travel” offer, and book an appointment at your home or business.

Roy specializes in cranio-sacral therapy, neuromuscular therapy, and sports massage. Linda’s Registered Nurse background provides an ideal foundation for her massage therapy work. She offers deep tissue massage, cranio-sacral therapy, reflexology, Swedish massage, and medical massage. Finally, believe it or not, Roy and Linda are also experienced in animal massage. They happily work on dogs, cats, and horses – and these four-footed friends get many of the same benefits humans enjoy. And after all, they’re worth it, right?

Cherokee County Medical Facilities: Family Practice Physicians

7730dc25a8854ccd990b2e9f2ae53506Believe it or not, we’re not as indestructible as we think we are. We come down with painful sore throats, scratch ourselves silly with rashes, and suffer embarrassing little injuries we’d rather not talk about. And when we become completely miserable, we frequently expect our family doctor to bail us out. Fortunately, in Murphy, NC and surrounding Cherokee County, you’ll find two family medicine-focused practices, along with three other valuable resources.

FAMILY PRACTICE PHYSICIANS
Your family doctor can handle most non-emergency problems you throw at him (or her). Whether you want a routine checkup with weight loss recommendations, think you might be coming down with the latest version of “the crud,” or need help managing a chronic health condition, your family doctor can size up the problem and provide targeted treatment.

Murphy Group Practice (Family Practice)
Affiliated with Murphy Medical Center, this multiple-physician practice is a full-service primary care provider. Murphy Group Practice (Family Practice) is located in the same building as the Urgent Care Center. Look for the impressive cabin-style structure at 183 Ledford Street, just off U.S. Highway 64. Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-4712.

Andrews Internal Medicine
If you live in Marble, Andrews, or Topton, Andrews Internal Medicine is a convenient family practice option. Located at 2751 U.S. Highway 19 Business, this community practice hosts two physicians and a nurse practitioner. Besides seeing patients for routine checkups, the medical professionals also provide acute care services. Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call for an appointment: (828)321-4510

CHEROKEE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Murphy Main Office
You can also obtain numerous medical services from the Cherokee County Health Department, located at 228 Hilton Street in 
Murphy, NC. Medical professionals can diagnose and treat common illnesses, conduct CDL and sports physicals, provide family planning and pregnancy management services, perform women’s health screenings, and administer immunizations. The Health Department also offers extremely affordable bloodwork services, and will communicate the results to your physician. Clinic hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lab hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (828) 837-7486.

Andrews Health Center
This smaller satellite facility provides area residents with several medical services. Besides diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses, medical staff can address minor injuries, conduct vision and hearing screenings, perform CDL and sports physicals, administer immunizations, and process routine lab work. Location: 15 High School Drive next to Andrews High School. Hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to Noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (828) 835-4536.

MURPHY MEDICAL CENTER URGENT CARE CENTER
Of course, your respiratory symptoms, minor injuries, strains and sprains, and possible infections don’t always show up during your doctor’s regular office hours. For those inconvenient incidents, head to Murphy Medical Center’s Urgent Care Center. You don’t need an appointment, and a qualified medical professional will quickly diagnose and treat your problem. The Urgent Care Center is located in the big cabin-style building at 183 Ledford Street, and shares space with Murphy Group Practice (Family Practice). Hours: Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (828) 837-4712.

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.ilovemurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Cherokee County Wedding Venues Offer Scenic Mountain Beauty and Rustic Charm

Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 7.05.11 PMPlanning the perfect wedding is like organizing a bigger, fancier birthday party. For the wedding, you’ll probably have a longer guest list, along with more extravagant decorations and nicer party favors. And instead of a sheet cake from the supermarket’s bakery, you’ll spring for a three-tiered masterpiece from a specialty baker. Before you can make your wedding plans a reality, though, you must select a site for the festivities. Here in Cherokee County, choose from three scenic ceremony and/or reception locations, along with one vintage rustic venue right in downtown Murphy, NC.

Hawkesdene Estate (Andrews, NC)
First, check out the beautiful Hawkesdene Estate, located at 381 Phillips Creek Road in Andrews. Just a short drive from Murphy, this 36-acre private estate offers gorgeous gardens, fruit trees, pastures, woodlands, and nicely manicured grounds. Nearby nature trails lead to a cooling waterfall and to the Hawkesnest Pavilion, which offers sweeping views of the lush countryside.

If this sounds like a great wedding and reception location, the news gets even better. Whether you want a small, low-key wedding or a grand affair with all the bells and whistles, the Hawkesdene Estate wedding coordinator will gladly honor your wishes.

First, you’ll have exclusive use of the estate on that memorable day. Choose from indoor venues including the main house, cottages, covered bridge, or llama barn. Outdoors, hold the festivities at the open air pavilion, arbor, lawns, or gardens. If you like, switch your onsite ceremony location on your wedding day. In other words, Hawkesdene Estate is a terrific wedding venue, regardless of the weather or season.

McGuire’s Millrace Farm (Murphy, NC)
Next, head over to historic McGuire’s Millrace Farm at 600 Hendrix Road in the Peachtree community. This late 1800s-era farm, nestled among lush green fields and surrounded by dramatic mountains, offers several appealing wedding venues.

For your ceremony, consider the arched foot bridge within the gardens or gather among the sweeping river birches. Or, maybe you’d prefer the scenic arbor backed by rolling pastures and mountains. If you encounter some last-minute bad weather, you can move the entire wedding indoors at no extra cost.

And speaking of indoor venues, McGuire’s Millrace Farm sets the standard for elegant rustic barn weddings. The farm’s 6,600-square-foot barn has polished concrete floors, high ceilings with wrought-iron chandeliers, and nicely built hardwood tables and chairs. For your wedding décor, select antique furnishings such as vintage church pews, oak whiskey barrels, and many more historic accent pieces.

Regardless of your venue choice, you’ll have exclusive use of the farm on your special day. For your reception, the farm’s award-winning chef can prepare a tasty Southern barbeque or produce a lavish five-course dinner – it’s your choice. Finally, your dedicated Event Planner will help you execute the entire event, leaving you free to celebrate the occasion with your guests.

Hackney Warehouse (Murphy, NC)
This downtown Murphy venue is easy to find, as it’s next to the L&N Depot on Hiwassee Street (although the Warehouse’s official address is 11 Railroad Street). Built in 1911, this expansive brick building has been fully renovated, and is available for weddings and receptions.

The Hackney Warehouse features more than 4,000 square feet of indoor space and 3,200 square feet of courtyard space. With a fully equipped kitchen, reclaimed timber banquet tables, and performance stages, this rustic-themed venue is a popular wedding reception choice. Two Certified Wedding Planners and two Certified Venue Professionals are onsite, helping you to plan and execute your dream wedding.

Payne Meadows (west of Murphy, NC)
Just a short drive from Murphy on US Highway 64 (also called the four-lane), you’ll find Payne Meadows, 38 acres of hilly pasture land that sits alongside a briskly running stream. Ideal for rustic barn weddings and destination weddings, this popular venue offers three distinctive event packages, each with a few more perks.

Payne Meadows’ basic Package 1 includes single-day use of the farmhouse, barn, fields, and creek, with an onsite reception. Package 2 includes all Package 1 amenities, along with lodging on the night before and night after the wedding, plus an onsite reception. Package 3 includes use of the above spaces for two full days: the full day of the wedding and an additional full day before or after the big event, plus two nights of lodging and an onsite reception. Visit the venue’s website for complete details and pricing information.

With several appealing wedding ceremony and reception venues, all convenient to Murphy, NC, you might enjoy the selection process almost as much as the actual event. So grab your camera and notepad, and kick-start your wedding plans today.

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.ilovemurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Cherokee County Medical Facilities: Podiatrists, Urologists, and Mental Health Services

Doctor talking with patientIf you’re looking for medical facilities in the Cherokee County area, podiatrists, urologists, and mental health can be overlooked as they often aren’t “mainstream.” When you need one, you definitely need one! Rest assured, we’ve got that in Murphy NC.

PODIATRISTS – Medical Care for your Feet
Sometimes we just take our feet for granted. They take us through our daily routine, power our soccer games and daily jogs, and enable us to enjoy hiking trips and Zumba classes. With this highly demanding workload, it’s not surprising that they suffer a malfunction here and there. When that happens, a trained podiatrist can quickly become our best friend.

Also known as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), podiatrists diagnose and treat problems with our feet, ankles, and related leg structures. Examples include fallen arches, ingrown toenails, and some common foot and ankle injuries. Podiatrists also treat foot problems related to systemic illnesses such as diabetes. Although these practitioners aren’t trained medical doctors (MDs), they complete podiatry school and a related residency before setting up a private practice.

Local Podiatrist:
Smoky Mountain Foot & Ankle Clinic: Dr. Banks, Dr. Davis, and Dr. Delbene
9 Drew Taylor Road, Murphy, NC. Hours: Tuesday through Friday. Call for an appointment: (828) 835-8389.

UROLOGISTS – Medical care for your urinary tract system
Our urinary system generally runs in the background, producing and eliminating fluid waste from the body, in the form of urine. Sometimes, the system’s kidneys, bladder, and/or urinary tract oon’t function properly, which can cause some uncomfortable symptoms. That’s when a urologist steps in, diagnosing the condition and providing appropriate treatment. This specially trained physician works with patients of all ages, and also addresses issues with the male reproductive system.

Local Urologists:
Dr. Jeffrey Martin
75 Medical Park Lane, Suite A, Murphy, NC. Call for an appointment: (828) 835-3900.

Dr. Ziyad Mugharbil
4048 U.S. Highway 64 Alternate, Murphy, NC. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-7513

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDERS – Helping issues of the mind
When some aspect of life gets out of balance, and maybe even unmanageable, a mental health professional can often help to steer us back to the right path. Mental health services providers include psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors. They can even offer substance abuse assistance.

Appalachian Community Services – Visit them On their Webpage
750 US Highway 64 West, Murphy, NC. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-0071.

Meridian Behavioral Health – Visit them on their Webpage
27 Bona Vista Lane, Marble, NC. Call for an appointment: (828) 837-7466.

We hope this helps and please call, email, or otherwise contact us  to let us know what we can do to help.

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.ilovemurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Donna and Wayne Complete the Accredited Buyers Representative Course

ABR Designation Class in Murphy Andrews NC
The Poltrock Team is HERE! Wayne Cofer is in the pink shirt and Donna Srabian is on the back row, second from left.

The Accredited Buyer’s Representative course, or ABR, is designed specifically for Realtors who work with home buyers. It is produced by the National Association of Realtors and was sponsored this week by the Mountain Lakes Board of Realtors, which is our local Realtor organization. It’s a great course to make certain real estate agents are on the cutting edge of technology, education, and experience to ensure those who buy real estate have a true professional represent them in the buying process.

What is also great is that not only Donna Srabian and Wayne Cofer of The Poltrock Team at RE/MAX, we also have other RE/MAX agents from Murphy NC! Randy Dockery, Amity Ledford, and Lori Curtis also attend and pass the course.

If you are interested in buying real estate in the mountains of Murphy NC, no one else can provide a better experience than us! Please feel free to Contact Us and let us know what we can do for you! Call or contact us online today! 🙂

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.MyMurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Tips for Tracking Down a Furnished Rental Cabin in Murphy NC

oMaybe you’re coming to Murphy, NC for a short vacation, and you’d like to stay somewhere more comfortable than a sterile hotel room. Maybe you’re building your dream home, and you need somewhere to live until it’s move-in ready. Or, maybe your company has transferred you here, and you haven’t had time to buy your ideal mountain home yet. Fortunately, a nicely furnished rental cabin will meet your needs. You’ll also get a real feel for our special corner of the Appalachian Mountains.

Dream about your cabin’s warm wood interior and comfortable couches and chairs – maybe even some rustic. Each morning, stroll on the deck with your coffee, and enjoy the gorgeous view. You might even see some deer or wild turkeys walking up the driveway. It just doesn’t get any better!

Let’s face it: you’re hooked on our beautiful mountains just like we are. You want to find that knock-your-socks-off rental cabin right now. That’s a smart move, as a nicely furnished cabin represents an excellent value, compared to a similarly priced hotel room. After all, your cabin provides all the comforts of home. Besides bedroom furniture, you’ll have a living room and dining area – furnished down to the lamps and knick-knacks. You won’t have to eat with plastic plates and utensils, because your kitchen cabinets will contain dishes and silverware.

So how do you find your dream rental cabin? Well, finding a needle in a haystack would probably be easier than locating it yourself. Cherokee County has hundreds of hills and hollows, and houses are often tucked back into the woods. Also, privately owned rental cabins won’t have “For Rent” signs plastered on them. Rather than wasting time on a wild goose chase, contact the folks at Mountain Country Cabin Rentals. Visit their website, and view rental cabin photos before contacting MCCR for details.

When you call, specify the dates of your stay, plus your preferred number of bedrooms and other amenities. Also, remember that some rental cabin owners have their places up for sale. If that’s the case, a potential buyer might want to see the home while you’re staying there. Get the details on that arrangement before finalizing your rental.

After you get the rental agreement in place, start making your packing list and counting down the days. You’ll get the keys to that Murphy, NC cabin sooner than you think! While you’re here, you may want to purchase your own cabin in the mountains. That won’t be a problem! See all the properties for sale in Murphy NC and contact us or call to let us know what we can do to help. We’re here for you!

The Poltrock Team – REMAX Mountain Properties – Murphy NC – www.MyMurphy.com – Call us Toll Free at 1-866-Murphy-NC or 1-866-687-7496 – Murphy’s #1 Real Estate Team

Electrical Tips from an Electrician in Murphy NC

Over the years, we’ve put together a great list of recommended contractors and share them with you on our Gotta Guy list. In fact, it’s one thing that many of our clients and customers have said they love about us in our testimonials! One of those guys is our Electrician, Hugh Orr. He’s a great guy and owns his own company. I’ve used him personally a number of times and am always happy with his service, prices, and good work. He gave me an article he wrote intended for us and our customers. So here it is! I thought I’d share it with you and perhaps it’ll help someone out there  🙂

Need an electrician in Murphy NC? Call Hugh Orr! He can be reached at 828-835-8430

Power loss

If your power loss is complete, then call the power company. If it is a loss of lights or power to outlets affected by more than 1 breaker, then call the power company. While it could be an internal problem which would need to be addressed by an electrician, I find it is better to call the power company first for these kinds (I call system as opposed to circuit) of outages to save a service call cost. If the power loss is affected by only one tripped breaker then try to re set the breaker. PUSH THE BREAKER TO THE OFF POSITION FIRST AND THEN TO THE ON POSITION. BREAKERS CAN’T BE RE SET TO THE ON POSITION FROM A TRIPPED POSITION WITHOUT CUTTING THEM OFF FIRST.

If you followed the proper procedure for re setting the breaker and it still trips, unplug everything plugged into that circuit. After doing that and it still trips, it could be a problem in the wiring or a bad breaker. I recommend calling an electrician at this point. DO NOT CONTINUE TO TRY RESETTING THE BREAKER. A breaker that may reset at a later date does not mean that the problem is resolved. It usually means that maybe you unplugged a problem appliance or heater, or it may mean that the problem connection in your electrical system just cooled down and it will heat up (sometimes gradually) again and either trip or worse case melt something or cause a fire.

If you have a breaker that trips occasionally, it could be a marginal breaker, an overload situation (like space heaters), or a problem in the wiring. Circuits DO NOT fix themselves. While it could be that it just needs a new breaker or you need to manage how much you are plugging into the circuit, problems in the wiring circuit can be dangerous and have the potential to cause a fire.

Bad connections are, in my opinion, the most dangerous electrical issue in home wiring. If a receptacle feels pretty warm to the touch without anything plugged into it, I would have it looked at. If a cord plug does not plug snuggly into the receptacle where it feels loose or like it will fall out, it needs to be replaced. It is not legal to replace the old “2 prong” outlets with the newer 3 prong outlets. This gives the impression that a the newer grounding conductor is in the outlet box. The use of the 3 prong outlet without other measures provides a false sense of protection and serves no function. There are ways of doing this but I recommend calling an electrician at this point.

Lights flickering or dimming

If you have significant flickering or dimming on a single circuit (meaning controlled by a single breaker), it could be a bad breaker, a bad switch, or problem in the circuit. I recommend calling an electrician at this point.

If the flickering or dimming is momentary and not significant and related to a large power user like a space heater or a air conditioning or heating appliance,  a power saw or large motor like a well pump this may be normal. All these devices use a good amount of power when they first cut on.  You can think of it like a car starting off in first gear.

If the dimming is significant and is affecting more than one circuit (more than one breaker) then it is what I call a system problem and not a circuit issue. This usually means you need to call the power company. Many times I find it to be neutral connections at their connections. These can be at the meter base or top of the service mast or house service drop attachment, at their transformer location or even sometimes an UG service that is nicked or corroded.

ARCfault

These are relatively new devices that are currently breaker only devices. While there are some products in the works that would function much as the GFCI receptacles, ARC fault breakers are the only real option at this time for the typical home electrical system. These devices provide another layer of protection. They function similar to GFCI’s, in that, they provide protection “downstream” to other receptacles and/or lights and if they trip the devices they protect “downstream” lose power.  Power can be restored (unless there is a problem in the circuit) by pushing the resetting the ARCfault breaker (or ARCfault receptacle when they are available) These are designed to sense arcing which can reach over 1800 degrees and cause fires.

When they first came out they where just for any 120 volt device in a bedroom. Currently newer code requirements dictate that they are used extensively in new homes and new installations/additions.

These breakers and the circuits do protect against fire but they can be very finicky. Their are cases where vacuum cleaners and other devices cause nuisance tripping. They can be very difficult and time consuming to troubleshoot. If one of these devices is tripping I recommend calling an electrician at this point.

Space Heater

I see people using space heaters quite often. Many times they are 1000. 1200, 1500 watts ratings. A 1200 watt heater pulls 10 amps. A typical home lighting circuit is 14 gauge wire with a 15 amp breaker. If the total (add the amps or wattage) of electrical items on one circuit (meaning everything on a circuit controlled by a single breaker) like a space heater totals more than 15 amps it will trip your breaker. If a receptacle is loose (meaning when you push in the plug it is loose and may actually fall out sometimes) it should be replaced as a loose connection can heat up and cause problems. It can get hot enough to melt the plastic. I mention the lose connection (plugs) with the use of space heaters because the problem can be  much more pronounced when combined with heavier demands (higher amp) of a space heater.

One way to minimize the nuisance breaker tripping related to the use of space heaters, is to find out which outlets are on which breakers. By “managing” the load through not plugging multiple space heaters on the same circuit (breaker) you can minimize nuisance tripping and the possible creation of more serious and costly electrical problems.

I find many times in older homes that a combination of spaced heaters and “back stabbed” receptacles may cause circuit problems (heating, partial loss of circuit, or tripped breakers). It has been an option for years for electrical installers to connect receptacles and switches either by bending a loop in the stripped (insulation removed) wire and securing it under the appropriate screws or by stripping the wire and sticking it in the designated holes (back stabbing) in the back of the devices. I never use the back stab method and feel it is an inferior connection that can be a problem over time.

This is not an imminent fire danger or anything (although I can show you some examples I saved from troubleshooting many homes), I just like to make people aware of this issue, particularly in older homes.

Miscellaneous

Many of us can use more or better lights here or there. It is important to remember that our light fixtures are usually rated at 60 watts or less. Most every light fixture comes with stickers that identify the maximum wattage for that fixture. Exceeding this rating can cause the plastic portion of the bulb base to become brittle and crumble over a period of time. It can cause a marginal connections to become a problem connection do to excess heat. It can bake the insulation to the point that it cracks, can short out and potentially cause a fire in the fixture box and canopy. Depending on the fixture it can actually over a period of time cause the Sheetrock under the light canopy to breakdown to point where you can stick your finger through it as it crumbles (I have personally see this).

By using the new compact fluorescent bulbs we can go to higher equivalent wattage because they don’t have nearly the heat factor of incandescent bulbs. Recessed can lights are a good place for using these. If you use a higher wattage bulb that exceeds the recommended wattage in recessed can lights, a special heat sensor in them may cut off the light. Once it cools it would then work again but would eventually wear out this sensor cutting off and on and the light would stop working completely.

While common sense should prevail, I would ask you remember that much of the construction trade work can be troublesome and/or expensive, improper electrical work can result in loss of life and/or property and is best left to trained trades people. Just because something works does not make it safe. I find improper (and many times dangerous) work completed by either homeowners, unskilled, or unscrupulous individuals very often when I am called for my electrical services. I am not trying to drum up business or needlessly alarm people, I am just trying to make people understand that even seemingly simple electrical work done poorly or improperly can be dangerous.

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