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Get Fit at Home

Categories: In The News | Posted: March 19, 2013

If you are like the rest of us and trying to get in shape for bathing suit season, you are probably spending a lot more time debating on whether you have time to hit the gym. Let’s face it, with everyone’s busy schedules, especially at the onset of spring, no one has time to go to the gym! We have things going on, places to be, people to see, projects with deadlines, etc. We at Royal Oaks looked into a solution for this predicament. Create your own home gym! You won’t have to spend money on a gym membership for a place you never go, you won’t have to waste gas or time trying to get to the gym and you won’t have to completely rearrange your schedule to make it there! Plus you won’t have to deal with any more crowds!

No Machines Available!

For the creation of your home gym to happen, first you will need to find a space in your home where you can move around easily. Many of Royal Oaks’ floor plans feature recreation/bonus rooms and lofts connected to bedrooms. These options allow for sectioned-off space to designate for a home gym. If you don’t have a huge space to move around in, decide on how you can potentially rearrange your furniture to create that space. (This might be a good time to do some spring cleaning??)

Royal Oaks Homes’ Bedroom Loft

You don’t have to go all out and buy a few different machines. Find smaller exercise equipment like a yoga mat, a yoga ball, a medicine ball, free weights and maybe even a Bosu ball. Don’t worry, we understand if you are limited on space, so whatever you think will fit comfortably in your gym area will work just fine! Plus, you don’t have to have the huge machines or a ton of smaller equipment to get a nice workout. Get what you think will be most effective, most worth the money and most appealing to you. Next, find a place where you can hook up a TV and DVD player, or better yet, a video game console! Workout videos and shows are great for instructing you on how to find an effective routine; however, video games have started to rival the workout instructions via the TV medium. If you haven’t tried Wii fit or Dance Dance Revolution, I highly recommend you check them out. Each game offers a variety of fitness levels to match whatever shape you are in.  They are very helpful in burning those extra calories while also providing a fun workout! 


Wii Fit Game

Go ahead and find space in your home to create your own gym! It will save you money, time and spare any anxiety or stress! Get started today and you’ll look amazing in no time!



Gardens Grow Home Value

Categories: In The News | Posted: March 14, 2013

The birds are chirping, the temperature is warming up, and as of last weekend the sun is still shining after work! It’s time to get started on that garden you’ve wanted to create all winter! We at Royal Oaks love the values of gardening. It helps with curb appeal, resale value, a decrease in utility costs, deters break-ins, and adds value to your neighborhood and community. One of the best things? It extends the comfort of your home to your patio, back porch or side yard, allowing you to offer more space to socialize with friends and family.

Gardening can help your home!


The eastern part of North Carolina has a hardiness zone of 7b. This has to do with the first and last frost dates, which for us, is around October, 15 and April,15, respectively. You should always check to see which plants will survive in this zone. Also make sure they are compatible with the soil in your yard. Do the flowers you want to plant thrive in sandy soil? How about clay soil? Do the research before you purchase any plants!

Start Planting!


Gardening isn’t only a fun activity that makes your home look nice. It also adds resale value to your home. You can typically get back 100-200% return on your investment with a maintained garden and manicured landscape whereas for an updated bathroom, you only get 75%.  Not only are home buyers interested in a beautiful yard that will keep their home looking beautiful, cool and healthy looking, it will also deter burglars from trying to break in. A few tips to deter burglars: put thorny bushes underneath windows, in front of fences, on top of fences, near pathways to the home and even near the front and back doors.  If you have window boxes, don’t hesitate to fill them with plants of the thornier variety. Click here for a suggestion of plants that will do the job well! 

Receive a high return on your investment


Follow the tips above to make your home safe, add to its value and to make the area surrounding your home beautiful and welcoming. Don’t wait too long, summer will be here soon!



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