Friday, May 29, 2015

Price Reduced - 205 Sedgewick Rd, Travelers Rest, SC 29690

205 sedgewick rd, travelers rest, sc 29690
205 Sedgewick Rd, Travelers Rest, SC 29690
Subdivision: Cliffs Valley
Acres: 3.50
Public Water Available
Elementary School: Slater Marietta
High School: Travelers Rest
Wonderful lot in a prestigious community mountain views without the drive to the top of a mountain. Large lot consisting of 3.5 acres in Cliffs Valley. Centrally located in the heart of the valley, near the front gate and close to both the wellness center and clubhouse. The lot has an excellent building sire on it that would need very little site preparation. Price reflects consideration for lot clearing. Community amenities are available, however potential owner needs to apply and be approved. Close to Greenville and Asheville cities, easy access to both without much effort. Don't miss out on a awesome opportunity. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Allergy Sufferers Unite! Landscape Without Grass

If you have been to Phoenix AZ, then you probably know about Zeriscaping. It's getting more popular as our country becomes more water conscience. Especially in Cali. But you may be on the East Coast where water is not a hot issue right now but allergies are always an issue. So here are some ways to replace that grass with landscaping that will cut down on allergies, add curb appeal and take your yard to lower maintenance.

  • Allergy-Free Flora. Yep, you heard right. Replace your grass with some of these plants. Purple sage, spurge, day lilies, heavenly bamboo and mint. Low allergy trees include plum, magnolia, apple, dogwood, crape myrtles, poplar, cherry and cistena plum.
  • Curb appeal that is Edible. Save money on your grocery bills by planting vegetables. Although not low maintenance, this edible option for a yard will appear attractive and tasty. Plant pole beans, tomatoes, cabbage, raspberries and don't forget your herbs such as mint mentioned above.
  • Cover that ground. Planting a ground cover instead of grass makes for a useful alternative. They can withstand being trampled and if you plant a creeping herb they will flower and release a nice scent. Other choices include creeping perennials and clover.
  • Use Native Grasses. Talk to your local nursery about using grasses that are native to your area of the country. Native grasses require less upkeep than bluegrass lawns and will require less water keeping your bill down.
  • Inviting Areas. Take on a more minimalist approach by using decking or concrete or pavers to create conversation areas in your yard. Add in some drought-tolerant plants, patio furniture, even pea gravel. Create some raised beds for vegetables.
  • Ditching it All. If you are really tired of it all and want to be really minimalist, then pour a bunch of concrete and paint it green or invest in Astroturf and lay it down.
  • Plants, Plants, Plants. Consider letting your yard go native. If you have a yard full of pine trees use the pine straw as mulch. Create attractive borders to keep the mulch contained and pile it up. Add hedges, bushes and other trimable things to your yard and landscape around them with more pine straw. Create walkways and garden paths using ground cloth and pea gravel or pavers. Plant mossy ground cover around them.
  • Add some shine. Want to add some high-end shine to your yard? Replace some of the grass with tumbled glass. Yep that's right glass. It comes in a variety of colors and is completely safe since the tumbling rounds the edges. But it is costly. A 3' by 10' river 3 inches deep will run you about $1,000 to $1,500. Ouch!
  • Rock to it! Don't like any of the above, then how about using granite rocks. Not the small ones mind you but import some boulders and throw them around your yard. Nothing says "Keep off the Grass" like a yard full of rocks!
  • Play with it! Are you looking to add some fun to your yard, then consider a putting green or two. Golf enthusiasts might even want to do the whole backyard. Very low maintenance because you can use synthetic grasses. No cutting and no bugs!
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.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Just Listed - 793 Breazeale Road, Liberty, SC 29657

793 Breazeale Road, Liberty, SC 29657
793 Breazeale Road, Liberty, SC 29657

Price: $128,888

Bedrooms: 2
Full Bathrooms: 2

Sq. Feet: 1200-1399
Type: Residential-Mobile Home

County: Pickens
A long driveway with a Perfect Peaceful setting for these 3 mobile homes situated on 2.77 acres. Each mobile home is 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms with city water and 3 separate septic tanks. This is a convenient location to Greenville, Easley or Anderson. The mobile homes are de- titled and are current income properties with rent approximately $550.00 each on a month to month rental. The property contains 1 main newer mobile home with a carport and screened in porch/patio. There is a large workshop/storage building with electricity and water, a chicken barn, and a smaller storage building with electricity. All of these outbuildings convey with property. One tax map with each mobile home having their own address starting with 793, 795, & 799 Breazeale Road. This property would be a great home site for your own custom built home with the mature trees and relaxing country setting.

Click this link to see more pictures and details on this property:
793 Breazeale Road, Liberty, SC 29657 - MLS/Listing # 1301194

Friday, May 15, 2015

Make a Splash in your Kitchen on any Budget

Make a Splash in your Kitchen on any Budget
Backsplash with tumbled tile
Bring a splash of life back to your kitchen by replacing those painted walls with some backsplash. These days there are a lot more choices that will fit almost any budget. Most can be done by you DIYers too! Take a look at my list below and then consult with your local home improvement store to see what options they have for you.
  • Go Faux. Laminated thermoplastic panels. These molded plastic materials can be cut with scissors and mounted easily using caulking or double-stick tape. Lots of colors and styles. They are moisture and stain-proof and easy to install but are susceptible to heat. If not applied properly the panels may loosen. Cost: $150 for a kit with 18 sq. ft. of backsplash, trim and outlet covers.
  • Glittering Stainless Steel. This covering is not only popular in appliances but becoming popular as a countertop and a backsplash. You can buy solid pieces to go behind your range sized from 24" by 30" to 24" by 36" or metal mosaic subway wall tiles are available depending on your application. While it is heat and moisture resistant, looks good and wipes up easy, it can be tricky to clean up fingerprints and it can be expensive. But if you are looking for an ultra-modern feel this may be your option. Cost: $100-$250 sq. ft. installed. However panels and tiles can be purchased from Lowe's.
  • Ageless Marble Tile. A favorite and classy material that has been around since ancient times, marble backsplashes add a bit of elegance to your kitchen. This material is durable, available and looks great but it can stain easily without a yearly application of stone sealer. Cost: $20-$200 sq. ft for custom backsplash with installation or save some money with tiles from $10-$20 sq. ft.
  • Save the Environment by Salvaging. Check out your local salvage building material shop to find old vintage signs of metal and porcelain. These will add personality to your kitchen and are easy to clean. Hunting one down may take a while. Cost $200 plus.
  • Elegant Style on a Budget. Want quick old world charm on a beer budget? Think about using inexpensive beadboard. You can buy it pre-finished or primed as plywood or fiberboard panels. Plastic panels can be used near water sources. Use waterproof caulk to seal joints and seams. While it is inexpensive it may not be as durable as a harder surface. You also need to be careful are heat sources. Cost: $15-$30 per a 4x8 foot sheet. PVC panels are $2 sq. ft.
    Make a Splash in your Kitchen on any Budget
    Backsplash with tile
Some other types of backsplashes are ceramic tile, mirrored tile, back-painted glass, tumbled marble, limestone or travertine, granite, subway tile or if you are really creative you can paint your own mural. Whichever material you choose to work with will depend on the style or mood you hope to accomplish in your kitchen. If you decide to add a backsplash, send me some pictures and we can get them posted.

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, May 8, 2015

Out Darn Scratch, Out I Say!

out darn scratch, out I say!
When renovating or maintaining our homes we often ask "What areas in my home can I improve and get a return if I sell?" I am here to tell you that the kitchen is one of those areas. Good thing, it can take just a smidgen of money to bring life back into your kitchen. Here is some help with your countertops.
  • Granite counters take a beating and keep on going. Although a mostly hardened surface it can crack, chip and scratch. To fix these, fill in the scratches and nicks by using epoxy resin in a color to match your stone. Clean up the area around the defect with acetone first to remove grease and other slimy contaminants. Open a window or turn on a vent fan to exhaust any fumes. For stains, you will need to create a poultice or paste. To pull out grease, oil, bleach and ink stains, make a paste of flour and hydrogen peroxide. For wine stains, mix flour and bleach. Commercially available cleaners are Alpha, Aqua Mix and StoneTech. Lowe's carries Method, Rock Doctor and Granite Gold. Prices vary by product but some start as low as $5.
  • Solid-Surface counters are man-made, like Corian®, from acrylic, resins and other materials. Although still tough, they can get scratches. To repair you can rub with a white polishing compound and woolpad. Finish up with countertop wax. Anything deeper and you will need to call a professional. Labor costs are high but not as high as replacing a whole countertop.
  • laminate counter topsLaminate counters, the staple of most kitchens, is hard for a DIYer to fix. But you may be able to fix a few items. Small chips can be covered using same color laminate repair paste. Some scratches can be polished out with countertop polish or even car wax. If your laminate is peeling, try using contact cement on the underside and top of the wood, then press back into place and maybe set a heavy weight on it for a short time. A paste of baking soda and vinegar can remove coffee and tea stains or even a cleaner like soft scrub. If none of these solutions help, then it may be time to replace the countertop. If that happens, consider an upgrade.
  • Tile, not as popular for kitchen counters but if you bought a house with tile hopefully they saved some tile blocks for repairs. If not, then try using a bit of toothpaste to wipe away scratches. Epoxy glue can also be worked into cracks and then covered with a color-matched oil-based paint. If you need to remove old grout, use a rubber trowel to replace as you would for a floor. Then let hardened before use.
  • Stainless Steel counters can dull with time and become scratched or stained. Scratches will never be completely removed but can be buffed using vegetable oil into a warm patina. A commercial cleaner for counters called "BarKeepers Friend" can also be used an a non-abrasive cleaner for stains. Historically it comes in a powder form but is available in a liquid. Their website says you can use it in the kitchen sink, cookware, cooktops and non-stone countertops like laminate, composite ceramic tile, stainless steel, and solid surfaces such as Corian®. It can be found at local grocery stores or hardware stores. Prices on Amazon start at $4.80 for 12 oz powder.
As a professional suggestion from one who sells homes, weigh the cost and appearance of fixing versus the cost and appearance of an upgrade. Seek out what countertops are trending in home building now and consider changing them out. Consumer Reports and HGTV have great articles on their websites about countertops. Also HGTV and are seeing granite and quartz as popular picks with marble and tile close seconds.

The feeling is that the kitchen is becoming less of a utilitarian space and more of another type of living space where more than just the cook spends time. Making this room feel warm and inviting for your family will go a long way toward making others feel the same. It's not your Mom's kitchen anymore!

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, May 1, 2015

Local Events in Greenville SC for May

    saturday farmers market greenville sc
  • Downtown Farmers Market runs the whole month of May on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. Located at 206 S Main St between Court St and Washington St.
  • Reedy River Duck Derby Rubber Duck Race and Children's Event. This Saturday May 2nd at 7am in Falls Park. FREE.
  • Tails & Trails 5K run with your dog Saturday May 9 at 8am. Location Conestee Park. FREE. Contact Joe Lanahan for more info.
    main street fridays greenville sc
  • Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays also runs the whole month of May. Starts at 5:30pm at NOMA Square, 220 N Main St.
  • Artisphere a 3-day art festival starts Friday May 8th at 12pm. FREE.
  • Saint George Greek Festival at the Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral starts May 15th and runs through the weekend. Start time 10am on Friday.
  • Fidelity Investment Moonlight Movies at the Falls Park TD Amphitheatre runs Wednesday evenings through the month of May. Starts at 8:30pm. FREE
  • Memorial Day Service/Picnic on Monday the 25th at 10am at Cleveland Park, Vietnam Memorial. FREE.
  • Brew in the Zoo on the 29th. Starts at 6:30pm at the Greenville Zoo. Fundraiser for the zoo for ages 21 and up. Ends at 9pm.
  • Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive weekly concert series runs through the month of May on Thursday evenings at NOMA Square. Admission is FREE. Starts at 5:30pm.
These are some of the events that the City of Greenville has planned for May. You can check out other items like the Theatre and Performing Arts at events page.

Come back next week when we will be looking at First Aid for Countertops.

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.

Just Listed - 110 Edwards Avenue, Greer, SC 29650

110 Edwards Ave, Greer SC 29650

Price: $119,800

Bedrooms: 3
Full Bathrooms: 2
Sq. Feet: 1200
Type: Residential - Single Family-Detached
County: Greenville

Great Home Convenient Location 3 Bedroom 2 Bathrooms approximately 1262 Heated Square Feet. This home is packed full of great features that make this house a home! Starting with the nice tall windows throughout the home it allows a lot of natural light, dark laminate flooring in Foyer, Great Room, Kitchen & Hallway. There is updated neutral carpet in the bedrooms; they completely renovated the guest bath room maximizing the space. This home is ready to move in with the following items being updated. Beginning in 2013 the current owners re-tiled the flooring in Guest Bathroom upgraded the tub faucet, then added a pedestal sink, new faucet, towel cabinet & towel bars, installed a new light fixture & mirror. Then they installed Class 3 abrasion resistant laminate flooring in Hallway, Great Room, & Kitchen. In the Great Room they replaced the ceiling fan and installed chair rail, then in the Foyer & Hallway installed new light fixtures. Moving into the Breakfast Room & Kitchen they installed new light fixtures, resurfaced counter tops, installed black granite composite sink, new faucet, an upgraded garbage disposal, added cabinet hardware. Then they stained the back deck giving it new life. They had a HVAC Specialist install a new motherboard & motor in the HVAC, and then replaced both elements in the Water Heater. In the Master Bathroom the floor was tiled, new light fixture, the in the Master Bedroom added a ceiling fan with light. Lastly a worn out boot on the roof around attic bathroom vent was replaced to prevent future leaking. In the Summer of 2012 the disappearing attic stairs were added along with flooring for storage. The house has been pressure washed in November 2014. In March 2015 they installed a brand new dishwasher that has not been used; in April 2015 all the carpets were professionally cleaned. This home is conveniently located to the Hospital, Shopping, Eateries.