Friday, August 29, 2014

The End of Summer is Here - Check out these Labor Day Activities

check out these labor day activities

Thought I would post about local Greenville activities happening this weekend in honor of Labor Day.
  1. 2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships started on 8/27 and going daily through 9/1 in Greenville. Admission is FREE! This is the super bowl of para-cycling. Drop by and show your support.
  2. 3rd Annual Multicultural Festival on Saturday 8/30 from 3-8 pm. Admission is FREE! A celebration of cultural diversity through dance, music, art, storytelling and much more!
  3. Bacon Labor Day at Simpsonvile City Park on Monday 9/1 from 10am to 6pm. Admission is $3, 4 for $10, kids 5 and under free. For all you bacon lovers out there, here is your festival.
  4. Climb the Ridge Trail Race on Saturday 8/30 at 8:30 am. Admission is $25. Race will be on the just opened Jorge F. Arango Trail in Pleasant Ridge Park.
  5. SpiritFest 2014 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Sunday 8/31 at 5 pm. Admission $45-38.
  6. Rusted Root appearing at The Peace Center on Friday 8/29 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 Lawn, $35 Genevieve's. TD saturday market
  7. TD Saturday Market downtown Greenville on Saturday 8/30 from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Admission is FREE!

For more events, visit www.visitgreenvillesc.com/events. Please have a safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Aquapocalypse - What you should know

aquapocalypse what you should know
1930s Drought
This year nearly 50 percent of the U.S. is going through some kind of drought. But why should you care? Check out these facts below about why this might be important to you.
  • A study put out by the Natural Resources Defense Council says that over the next decade more than 400 U.S. counties my go through extreme dry spells. How bad will it get?
  • Facing current water restrictions are parts of the Western states and Southern plains - restrictions such as not flushing the toilet during the day, no showers longer than five minutes, and no washing dishes with fresh water. FYI: the 1930s drought was due to environmental damage.
  • Time to check into Xeriscaping because running sprinklers will be forbidden. The water police are already fining homeowners in Sacramento for illegal lawn watering. FYI: If California's drought continues through October 1st, it will be the driest year they have had in a half millennium.
  • Water is vital to our agriculture and our energy renewal. Drought causes grocery bills to soar, gas prices to rise, and increases electricity rates dramatically. FYI: Lake Mead has hit its lowest water levels since the 1930 when it was built. If it continues, it could dry up by 2021. Lake Mead supplies water to 22 million people in the Southwest.
  • Drought is hitting the brewing industry in certain parts of the country. They are being asked to reduce their use. Buying that weekly six pack could become as expensive as buying expensive champagne. FYI: The future taste of beer could be threatened. Breweries use local water to make their formulas taste great.
  • With population increasing, NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Services states that cities like Atlanta, Cleveland, Washington D.C. and Salt Lake City may run out by mid-century.
How can you help? Eliminate your home's worst water hoggers. First on the list is your lawn. As mentioned above, check into xeriscaping. Water your lawn when it is truly thirsty. Let your grass grow a bit longer. Tune up your sprinkler system so it runs efficiently or add a water sense controller. Your lawn consumes 30 percent of your total water use.

Take advantage of natures rain showers. Build a drain barrel or get a 50 gallon drum to catch water when it rains.

Another water hog is your toilet. Give it a tune up and make sure it's not leaking water. Leaks can waster 200 gallons of water a day. Need an upgrade? Try a Watersense toilet. They only use 1.28 gallons a flush.

Your third biggest water hog is your clothes washer. Using almost 15 percent a year. It will also keep your electric bill up there. Give your washer a checkup, or if it's really old, consider replacing with an energy star one. A possible plus is to re-route your washer's drain line to your outside plants. Greywater is great for feeding plants and trees.

Replace bathroom faucets and shower heads. Want to replace your hot water system? Consider a hot water recirculation system. This keeps hot water ready when you turn on the faucet reducing the wait time.

Adding water conservation items to your home will also benefit you in reducing your utility bills. This in turn will make your home more marketable when you get ready to sell. You request to get an energy audit done on your home, and use that positive data to inform your possible buyers what a good deal they are getting in buying your home.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Low Investment for High Return - Wow the buyer

Low Investment for High Return  - Wow the buyer
Crown & Archway Molding
Seemingly small architectural touches and details made to the inside of your home can add charm, elegance or interest. Here are some ideas on how to accomplish this task.
  • Molding - which can be found in your local home improvement store is very DIY friendly. Most molding is made from hard polyurethane foam, which makes it lightweight, but tough enough to last through the years. Installs easily with nails and glue, and can be cut and sanded just like wood. Matched sets are sold for crown moldings, door surrounds, chair rails and baseboards. Prices range from $1 to $20 per foot.
  • Tin Ceiling Tiles - a classic look that is making a resurgence, especially in restored craftsman style homes. You can find them in bronze, copper, brushed nickel, pre-finished and unfinished steel. Lots of pattern options to choose. To install, use a grid and glue or nail them to the ceiling. Prices range from $5 to $30 for 2' by 2' tiles. Also check into home salvage places.
  • Finials - yep, that is what that decoration on top of the blank block at the bottom of your staircase is called. More common in older homes, you can find them in all kinds of styles and materials. Priced from $25 to $250. Again, check out your local home salvage places for unique one-of-a-kind finials.
  • Arches - who doesn't like an arched passageway in their home? Spruce it up with a custom ordered molding kit. Priced from $250 to $1,500, they can be done in a weekend. Cut your drywall to match the curve and install. This will add class to your plain Jane arch.
  • Cabinet Toppers - need to fill the space between the top of your kitchen cabinets but can't afford new cabinets? No worries - add an extra piece of plywood up top, then place your fancy molding around it. Add molding on top of the cabinet and then on top of the plywood. You may have to repaint your cabinets; white is popular and trending.
  • Plate Rails - remember going to grandma's house and seeing all her decorative plates on the walls around the kitchen? Well here's your chance to bring it back. Decorate plate rail molding can be purchased for around $3 a foot and mounted rather easily. This special molding has a groove made specifically for plate display. I recommend placing it up high though so there are no accidents.
  • Baseboards - who doesn't hate their baseboards, especially cleaning them? Well turn them into something you love by replacing them with fancier versions. They come in polyurethane, MDF or wood - white or stained. If you have plain baseboards, add a piece around the bottom next to the floor.
  • Bracket Molding - decorate your stairs with bracket molding. It mounts just under the Scotia molding on your stairs. Priced from $10 to $25 a piece, they can turn your stairs into a showpiece.
  • Door Hinge Pins - ever wonder what you can do with your door hinges? Me neither, but here is an idea…get some toppers. You can get them in bronze, pewter, and brass in lots of different designs to go with your d├ęcor. They attach with magnets. How easy is that? Priced from $10 to $16 each. These may be a special order item.
Well I hope you found your next weekend project above. Let me know how you did in the comments below. If you need assistance with selling or buying a home, I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Pack N Go Road Day Trips Close To Greenville

August is here. Some call them the dog days of summer. Those of us with kids call it the last hurrah before school begins and we are locked back into the winter routine. Do you need one more quick road trip before Labor Day? Here are some ideas on where you can go from Greenville SC.
blue ridge parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Need to get away from the heat? Head for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although they are mostly in North Carolina, you can easily plan a weekend getaway to the Nantahala National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway drive is just north of Brevard, NC which is a bit closer to Greenvile.
  • Also within driving distance is the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia. Drive along the Richard B. Russell Scenic Highway in the edge of the Blue Ridge.
  • Another close favorite is a drive called the Tail of the Dragon, 11 miles and 318 curves of winding road from North Carolina to Tennessee. Known as a favorite to motorcycle riders this winding trail through the mountains crosses the Appalachian Trail at Neels Gap elevation 3,120 ft.
  • Some other places that are within a day of Greenville are Asheville NC, Henderson and Athens, GA. Other interesting close places are Knoxville TN and Chattanooga.
  • Of course if you are looking for the beach, you can drive down to Charleston or go way south into the eastern side of Florida.
Have a favorite pack n go road trip? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Stop, Drop and Go Greenville Style!

Although Greenville is a rather large town and becoming grander all the time, you may not know about some of these local places that will help you fill up your weekend.

  • the peace center downtown greenville sc
    The Peace Center
    Centre Stage Professional Theatre with local artists performing popular productions.
  • The Peace Center has non-stop shows and performances.
  • Charleston Cooks! Kitchen and retail shop where you can pick up some new tools or enhance your cooking experience.
  • GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 17.5 mile multi-use trail system running along the Reedy River.
  • Sergeant-Wilson Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green. Fine art gallery rotating special exhibits.
  • Greenville Rec Waterparks. Choose from three different parks. Available for birthday packages, exclusive rentals and group rates too.
  • Greenville Brew Tours. Discover the world of craft beer making and get a comprehensive tour of local breweries.
  • Art Crossing at River Place. Studios created out of parking garages where over 20 artists gather daily to produce works of art.
  • Camp Buckhorn, a popular local lodge with dining hall and meeting room, located in the forest at Paris Mountain State Park. Only six miles from downtown.
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Visit the home of this popular American to learn how he lived and what inspired him.
  • Table Rock Lake along Cherokee Scenic Hwy 11
    Table Rock Lake along Cherokee Scenic Hwy
  • Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 is a 130-mile long road used by the Cherokees. Also known as the "Keowee Path" it now provides a scenic drive alternate to I-85 through South Carolina.
  • Chimney Rock State Park. Amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Lure, NC. Four scenic hiking trails, rock climbing and ancient geological features attract visitors from around the world.
These are just a few of the multitude of things to do in and around Greenville SC. Use my list above to plan out your weekends for the rest of the summer or head over to the link above and make your own detailed list. Either way you will not be disappointed. If you happen to visit one of these many places, come back and let us know in the comments below.

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