Thursday, April 30, 2015

Just Listed - 5 Shelly Lane, Taylors, SC 29687

5 Shelly Lane, Taylors, SC 29687
Price: $189,500

Bedrooms: 4
Full Bathrooms: 2
Partial Bathrooms: 1
Sq. Feet: 2400
Type: Residential - Single Family-Detached
County: Greenville
This well maintained home is ready to move in at 2548.18 Heated Square Foot Traditional Colonial Home in Edwards Forest Subdivision. There are NO HOA’s in the Subdivision and lots of fabulous usable space inside and outside of home with a Large Fenced In BackYard Home has 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 bath rooms, a Formal Dining, Den could be an Office, a Great Room with Gas Fireplace open to the Sunroom, Spacious Kitchen with Tons of Cabinets and a pass through window to the Sunroom, a Gas Range, Microwave, Etc., along with a Breakfast with lots of natural light. However the crème de la crème is the 28x12 bright open Sunroom with skylights was added in 2005 . Upstairs you will find 4 Bedrooms upstairs that are a generous size, the upstairs Bathrooms were remodeled in 2011 & 2012 have Ceramic Tile & Marble Floor to Ceiling with Walk-in Showers with niches for your personals and seating when needed. Brand new carpet has been installed throughout home, ceramic tile in Kitchen, Breakfast room & Upstairs Bathrooms, laminate flooring in Sunroom. Here is a list of how this Seller has maintained/modified the home for the next Buyer. A new furnace 4/2015, new Stainless Steel Gas Range 2006, then a Stainless Steel Microwave, New Garbage Disposal in 2014, then New Carpet installed in 3/2014, a Paver Patio was installed in 2012, then Outside of home was painted I 2012 & then insode of home had been painted in most rooms 2007, an Architectural Roof was put on in 2010, an extra Parking Pad added in 2008, then all new landscaping, a playground was added in 2008, then for even more storage a Storage Building with electricity was purchased in 2006. Throughout most of the home the lighting and ceiling fans were added over the past several years to bring the home up to date. This home is ready and looking for its next owner to enjoy! Conveniently located to shopping, hospitals, eateries and so much more!

Friday, April 24, 2015

More Common Home Repairs

more common home repairs
In my previous post "Common Home Repairs," we went through five most common repairs and some of the cost of those repairs. Most of these proved to by DIY-able and could be fixed for a lot less than calling in a professional. However, if you are not comfortable making repairs please call the professional. This week I want to continue the theme and round out another few common home repairs.
  • Replacing caulking in your bathroom. If you are using the silicon caulking around your bathrooms then this becomes quite a simple task. Just loosen (with caulk remover if it's coming up) and use a caulk remover tool or pull out the old caulking. Clean up the surfaces to remove the bits of debris left behind with a small putty knife or toothbrush. Kill any mold with alcohol or a mixture of bleach water. Then put a new bead around your tub, sinks, showers, toilets and any floor gaps. Make sure to have a bit of water on hand to run a wet finger over the caulking to smooth it out and push it into the joint. Tubes cost about $1 to $4. Find them at any hardware or home improvement store. Look for mold resistant caulk for wet areas.
  • Fixing Gutters. A necessary tool which carries water and melting snow away from the foundation of your home. Thereby helping to prevent any washout. You can secure the services of a gutter contractor to clean, replace hardware and correct the pitch of the gutter so labor costs will vary depending on the length. Hangers cost around $10 for five and gutter sealant costs around $6 to $9. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on your gutters and keep them clean especially after the leaves fall.
  • Out of Alignment Doors. Alignment issues are caused by the settling of your home and the effects of moisture and humidity on the wood. This can cause gaps as well. If you choose to tackle yourself, you will need some wooden shims, long screws and some outdoor rated caulk. Use the shims under the door to bring the side out of alignment back up or on top to bring it down. A level can be used again the door frame to assist with alignment. Once you get the door realigned with the shims, cut off any excess and caulk around any gaps. OR you can call your local handyman to do it for you in about an hour. But where's the fun in that!
  • Faulty Light Switches. The use of light switches is a constant daily occurrence and it makes sense that they might wear out. Especially if your home was not bought brand new. When this happens it could be as simple as a loose connection or a bit more like needing a new switch. Replacing a switch is not a big deal. Make sure electricity is turned off to that room/wall. Then remove the switch plate and the switch box. The wires are screwed into the switch. You can un-screw them and inspect them for damage. If all is good, replace the switch. If however, you run into something more serious then call an electrician. Most states have an electrical code that needs to be adhered to and unless you are licensed, let them handle the big stuff.
Well once again I hope this post will give you some ideas or help on more common repairs. Most people who are DIY savvy can do these without issue. Again, if you feel uncomfortable with any of it, call a professional. No need to exercise your homeowner's insurance policy with an accident.

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Common Home Repairs

Just like with spring cleaning if you own a home your may be doing spring maintenance. Set aside 1 percent to 3 percent of your homes purchase price per year for repairs. If you are a Do It Yourself person then most of these repairs will be easy to complete. Take a look at my list of common home repairs below for some ideas. Especially if you just bought a new home.
  • Leaking Toilet Fill Valves. This is a topic that I have covered before but can become very costly if you don't fix it. The constant leaking and filling of water in your toilet tank. A new fill valve cost between $11 to $25 at the local home improvement store. Pick up an extra just to have on hand. It is an easy replacement. If you call a plumber you will pay a lot more that the cost of the value kit.
  • Leaky Faucets. Most of the time fixing a leaking faucet is just a matter of replacing the rubber washers, O-rings or faucet cartridges that have degraded over time. You can pick these up at your local home improvement store also quite inexpensively.
  • Ceiling Fans. Replacing a ceiling fan can seem difficult but it is relatively easy. Pick up a new one at your local home improvement store. They come with detailed instructions. Make sure all power to the room is turned off before you begin. Then just replace the existing fan with a new one.
  • Drywall Repair. Pretty easy to accomplish especially if your walls have textured finish. Just buy some spackling compound to fill in any nicks, gashes or smashes that are minor. If you have a major hole you will need to replace it with a new piece of drywall. Cut around the hole to remove the damaged portion and then place a new piece in using joint tape to hold it then touch up with spackling compound and finish with a texture. After all your patching is done you can repaint. If you kept some quart-size cans of your colors, touch up is quick and easy.
  • Cracked Tile Repair. While tile is pretty durable, it can also be damage by dropped objects. Make sure you have some extra on hand for just this reason. First you will need to lift the damaged piece out, then remove the old adhesive and grout for a smooth surface. You can then replace the tile with new adhesive and grout and let set. If you get a professional to do this it might cost about $30 to $150 per hour.
These are just a few of the regular maintenance items that can and do usually happen over the time period of owning your home. If you have kept a home file with instructions etc from items you have purchased refer to them for help or search online at the company sites. All of these repairs can be done by you. Just dig in and get them done!

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Price Reduced - 470 Griffin Rd, Greenville, SC 29607

Approx. 5.81 acres. New Price: $138,800.
The price has just been reduced to $138,800 on this Great Property Great Potential - Approximately 5.81 acres with nice road frontage on two roads Griffin & McCall. There is city water run to the property that provides water to all building except the barn, The barns water supply is from the well and is located at the back right of the house. Currently there is a septic tank at the left front of the house and the seller believes there is city sewer at McCall but is not positive. There is a home on the property, a storage building, and a barn that no value is being given to for the sales price. Most of the property is fenced and no access will be given to the home . The home is being occupied by property care giver in addition there is a mobile home that is also occupied these folks will leave before closing. DO NOT GO ON PROPERTY WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Just Listed - 412 S Texas Ave, Greenville, SC 29611

412 S Texas Ave, Greenville, SC 29611
3 BR/1.5 BA, 1200+ SQ. FT. PRICE: $68,800
Quaint vinyl sided home is situated on .33 acres of fully fenced yard. Home has an open with split floor plan for the bedrooms allowing privacy. It is a 3 bedroom 1.5 bathroom with carpet and vinyl flooring throughout. It has been suggested that there are hardwoods in most of home under the carpet – PLEASE DO NOT LIFT THE CARPET. This is an estate sale that has already gone through probate and the home is waiting on the new owners to come in a make it their own. Home has been rewired in 2011 with grounding and a 200 AMP service, new sewer lines were run from the street to the house in 2010, new counters and sink were installed in December 2012, the water heater installed in 1-2011 has is under warranty with Duke Power, new vinyl flooring installed in kitchen and bathrooms in 8/2014. The heating system is a gas pack and the home has ac but no appliances and is being SOLD AS-IS.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Homeownership getting you down?

low maintenance fiber-cement siding
Fiber Cement Siding by
James Hardie Siding
If you are a homeowner you know that you have to do routine maintenance to your home to keep it in good shape. But what if there was a way to cut down on some of it? If you are looking to update your home, here are some tips for upgrades that will help make maintaining your home a snap.
  • Fiber-Cement Siding. Get great curb appeal as well as 84.3% ROI by replacing your current wood or vinyl siding with fiber-cement. Warranties on this material range from 30 to 50 years. You can get it pre-painted and it will last around 15 years. It is fire-, rot- and insect-proof. Costs around $5 to $11 per square foot installed.
  • Metal Roofing. Low maintenance because it comes with a 40 to 50 year warranty. You will want a baked-on enamel finish with a rust-proof undercoating. It is very fire-resistant and stands up against wind better than asphalt shingles. Repaint it every 50 years. Costs around $3.50 to $11 a square foot.
  • Laminate Plank Flooring. With a life expectancy of about 25 plus years, this flooring option is very low maintenance. Just sweep or vacuum as needed. Laminates are easy to install which keeps your cost down. Also they have a protective wear layer that resists scratches, stains and moisture. You will never have to refinish it. Cost around $1 to $7 per square foot DIY or add $1 to $5 for professional installation.
  • Quartz Countertops. The countertops are becoming a popular upgrade. The quartz is not only tough and durable, but it is scratch-resistant and antimicrobial. Cleans up easily with mild soap and water and resists staining. Better yet, it doesn't have to be sealed. Cost around $40 to $100 per square foot but lasts for 30+ years.
    low maintenance metal roofing
    Installing metal roofing.
While some of these upgrades might be higher on the cost side, think about what your ROI or Return on Investment would be if you needed to sell your home. Not only could you pump up the low maintenance aspect you would be using highly desired materials.

Want more info on Cost versus Value? Check out Remodeling magazine's annual "Cost vs. Value Report." They cover 36 popular remodeling projects and drill down into the costs, value to you as a homeowner and even data by region. They even compare current year trends to previous years to see what projects are more important and which ones you can put on the back burner.

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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, April 3, 2015

Here comes Peter Cottontail, Hopping down the Bunny Trail

Here comes Peter Cottontail, Hopping down the Bunny Trail
This Sunday is Easter Sunday and although that means many things to many people, I thought I would give you some events for this weekend and for the whole month. Happy Spring!
Ok, so these are just a few highlights of what is planned for this month. A full list of events can be found at the VisitGreenville site, where you will see upcoming theater productions, a fashion show, the symphony, cycling events and Art shows. Hope to see you at one of these events!

And remember if you, a friend or family member 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.

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