Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Six Things You Need to Do When You Move Into Your New Home

Six Things You Need to Do When You Move Into Your New Home
You just purchased a new home and excitement is on overload. You may not be thinking about must haves and must dos at the moment so here is a reminder of some must dos after you move in.
  • Change the locks. Your new home has been through another owner, one or more Realtors, handymen and who knows who else that might have a key. Protect your new investment by changing the locks. You can change out the deadbolt yourself for about $10 a lock or buy the locks and call a locksmith to install and key them all the same for you.
  • Check for plumbing leaks. If you had a home inspection, you may be in the clear with this one but a double check won't hurt. Check all your faucets for dripping, water heater connections, running toilets. Or next time you go out, go to your water meter and note a start number, when you get back check the reading. If it has changed you have a leak somewhere.
  • Steam Clean the carpets. If this wasn't done by the previous owners when they moved out then get it done before you move your stuff in. Fresh and clean carpets will help eliminate odors and smells. Look for deals from local professionals or rent a cleaner yourself.
  • Clean your cabinets. Before moving into your kitchen, wipe down the cabinets inside and out. You may even need to replace the shelf lining if it was used. A good inspection of the cabinets will give you an idea of their condition.
  • Kill the critters. If you think you might have a critter problem, you can call in a professional exterminator or make the first attempt yourself. Local home improvement stores carry some great pest sprays and for furry friends there are traps. Use a flashlight and check the crooks and crannies before you move in to determine what type of problem you may have.
  • Become friends with your breaker box. First locate it. Then make sure the breakers are labeled properly. With you and a friend, turn breakers off/on to make sure they go to the areas they are labeled for. It’s a good thing to know in the event of a storm or other natural disaster. And while you are checking that out, look for your main water valve shutoff. It should be easy to turn, not rusted or corroded. If it needs to be replaced, you will need to call a plumber.
This might seem like a short list but doing these things before you move in will give you some piece of mind and make you feel better about your new home. Who doesn't want piece of mind?

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Is it shiny or is that just the light in the room

We all know that choosing a paint color can be a tedious task at best. There are so many colors and so any combinations. But one part of painting that we might not think about is the sheen. Most of us think of this as flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and gloss. I am here to help you figure out which finish suits your needs.

You can choose finishes based on the rooms in your house.
  • The kitchen often gets a gloss or semi-gloss finish that is easy to clean and stands up to a lot of grease and dirt.
  • Your dining room can go with eggshell, which is not as durable as semi-gloss, but also not as needed since this room doesn't always see a lot of traffic.
  • For the family room most people will use a satin finish. Not as shiny as a semi-gloss or gloss, but does clean well and takes high traffic.
  • Then your bedrooms, which usually get the bolder colors in the house, are often covered with flat or matte finishes. No need to use higher dollar paint in a lower traffic area unless your kids are rough on their walls.
Not for some definitions of each finish.
  1. High Gloss or Gloss. This sheen is the most durable. It's a hard finish, reflects a lot of light and is shiny. Very easy to clean.
  2. Semi-Gloss. Great in rooms where moisture is an issue, grease and drips. It takes a lot of abuse so use it for your trim also. Durable without being shiny.
  3. Satin. Not a gloss but not a flat either. Very easy to clean but it will show application strokes from brushes or rollers. Excellent for high traffic rooms.
  4. Eggshell. Somewhere between satin and flat you get eggshell. With a finish similar to a chicken egg, it covers imperfections well. Use in rooms where traffic is not as high.
  5. Flat or Matte. The last of the sheens, this one soaks up light instead of reflecting it. This sheen has the most pigment in it and covers well but doesn't clean as well as the others. Keep a spare pint for touch ups since you might be cleaning paint off the wall with the dirt. Great for calming spaces like bedrooms.
Is it shiny or is that just the light in the roomNow of course all these different sheens will have different durability and clean up ratings. Best option is to talk with a paint expert at your local home improvement or paint store for the best match for your project.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Just Listed - 509 Flanders Court, Greenville, SC 29607

509 Flanders Court, Greenville, SC 29607
Price: $156,800

Bedrooms: 3
Full Bathrooms: 2.5

Sq. Feet: 1800
Type: Detached Single Family

County: Greenville


A Great Home with an Awesome Location is where you will find this home nestled in the cul-de-sac.  The home has been well maintained and is approx. 1860HSF of living featuring 3 bedroom 2.5 bathrooms, large open Great Room with Bamboo Flooring.  The Great Room flows into the Dining Room and Kitchen.  The Upscale Kitchen has fine finishing touches that include Samsung Stainless Steel Appliances, American Woodmark Cherry Java Quiet Close Cabinets and Drawers Custom Cabinets with Crown Molding, Silestone Quartz counter tops, brush nickel, large under-mount single bowl sink, under cabinet lights, tile backsplash and a center island, new light fixture in breakfast nook and above island brush nickel door/drawer pulls then the TrafficMASTER Ceramica 12" tile floor.  In the Great Room the owners added Wooden Blinds, Dream Home St James Szechuan Ming Bamboo 12mm laminate floors and a Hunter ceiling fan. The Powder Room they added a new vanity, antique bronze sink and towel holder, TrafficMASTER Ceramica 12" tile floor, Dining Room they installed Dream Home St James Szechuan Ming Bamboo 12mm floors, Hampton Bay light fixture,  In the Guest Bathroom a new Hampton Bay light fixture, TrafficMASTER Ceramica 12" tile floor, brush nickel knobs were added, in the Master Bedroom they installed Wooden Blinds, a Hampton Bay Ceiling F bath they installed a Dream Home Kensington Manor Golden Teak 12mm hand scraped laminate floors 2014, the Master Bath new Hampton Bay light fixture and TrafficMASTER Ceramica 12" tile floor, then finally they installed a privacy fence. The owners changed out most of the light fixtures, painted the home with fresh colors and added blinds throughout the home. However the icing on the cake is the new energy efficient HVAC unit.  Home backs up to the very peaceful Ranch Road not Ashemore Bridge Road.

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509 Flanders Court, Greenville, SC 29607 - MLS/Listing # 1303073

Back on the Market! - 207 Austin Brook St, Simpsonville, SC 29680

207 Austin Brook Street, Simpsonville, SC 29680
Reduced Price: $250,000

Bedrooms: 4
Full Bathrooms: 3

Sq. Feet: 2400
Type: Detached Single Family

County: Greenville


This is a beautiful Stick built Craftsman Home with attention to detail, with fine and quality finish measuring approx. 2524 HSF. The exterior of the home is adorned with concrete plank material for easy low maintenance upkeep. A nice 29x9 rocking chair front porch stretches across the front of the home. Once you open the door you are greeted with gleaming Walnut flooring flowing through most of the main floor. There are lots of windows allowing in natural light throughout home. So many features in this home from the Extensive Molding, Coffered Ceiling in the Dining Room, Glazed Cabinets that are Quiet Close Drawers and Doors throughout the home including the bathrooms, and Whirlpool Stainless Appliances that include the 5 Burner Gas Stove, Dishwasher, Microwave, & Refrigerator. The Lighting, Hardware and Plumbing Fixtures are Oil Rubbed Bronze and the Doors have Levered Handles, The Morning Room/Office is on the back of the home with a rock surround raised hearth gas fireplace. The stairs leading upstairs have wrought iron pickets and wood treads and a sconce to light the way. All Bathrooms have Granite Counter tops, Ceramic Tile; Toilets are Dual Flush by Glacier Bay Water sense. The Master Bedroom features a pan ceiling with recessed lighting two walk-in closets and a separate sitting room. The Master bath has Ladies and Gentleman High Vanities, a Garden Tub, Ceramic Shower with built-in niches. The laundry room is located upstairs with a nice walk-in area and laundry sink. There are several places for storage in the many attic accesses in the home. The back of the home is where you will find a parking pad that is extra long for multiple cars to park and then there is a 12x14 outdoor patio. There is (2) 2 Ton units to keep the home heated and cooled without effort. Finishing touches are being complete on this new construction home. This is truly a beautiful home waiting for you to make it your own.

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207 Austin Brook St, Simpsonville, SC 29680- MLS/Listing # 1302768

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

sitting on the dock of the bay
Famous song but what if it turns out to be your home? Flood just happens to be the most common of all natural disasters across the U.S. Between 2001 and 2010 it caused $2.7 billion in losses.

So what do you do? Well your regular homeowners policy does not protect you from flooding. Flood protection is covered under a separate purchased policy usually provided by the government. Lessen your losses by doing some of the precautions below.
  1. Protect your home. Talk with your insurance agent to get a quote for flood insurance. If your area participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) then they are already taking precautions to decrease the risk of flooding.
  2. Protect yourself. Set up a "go bag" that you can grab if you have to exit quickly. Include items like a couple changes of clothes, your insurance policy numbers, insurance agent phone numbers, insurance company main number, some essential toiletries and enough money to get you through a few days. Map out an evacuation route to your safe destination.
  3. Secure the home. If you believe water intrusion is eminent turn off your electricity at the main breaker. Just make sure your not standing in water when you do. Lock the doors and windows.
Routine maintenance against water intrusion can also help if the snow begins to thaw to quickly or heavy rains makes the river rise.
  1. Fix all leaks as soon as they happen.
  2. Spend a few extra dollars on your roof when replacing it and add a rubber roof protection barrier.
  3. Close up an cracks in your foundation.
  4. Keep your gutters and drains clear.
  5. If you have a wet basement, invest in a sump pump electric with battery backup.
  6. Catalog all your valuables and possessions.
  7. Store highly expensive items in a safer location.
  8. Prevent run away fuel tanks by getting them anchored.
  9. Prevent sewer backup by installing line check valves that allow waste to only flow in one direction.
  10. Install French drains in areas that are persistently wet to carry the water away to another spot that drains better.
Hopefully my tips will give you some action items to help you prevent water intrusion or give you peace of mind if it does flood with flood insurance. Take note of where your hot water heater is located!

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Friday, June 5, 2015

June 2015 Events and Happenings in Greenville SC

June 2015 Events and Happenings in Greenville SC

If you are looking for something to do this month or just planning ahead, here are some of the local events happening in and around Greenville SC for June.
greenville saturday farmers marketThis is only a small listing of the many activities happening in Greenville this month. For more events check out the event page for June here. Lots more performances at the Peace Center and community events in downtown Greenville throughout the month. First Fridays Art Walk, Fridays by the Fountain, Saturday Farmer's Market and Line Dancing in downtown Greenville to name a few. Hope to see you at some of these events!

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Organize Your Man Cave!

organize your man cave
A lot of us look at our garage as just a place to park the car. But some of us look at it as a Man Cave or as close to it as our Man can get it. But what if you or he had some organizational inspiration? Well here are some ideas for adding organization to the chaos and maybe using the garage for more than just a place to park the car.
  • How about a mudroom. Focus on the entry point to your house from the garage. Add a wire rack to drop off shoes and maybe a couple hanging racks on the wall for anything. Add a medium-sized trash can for dropping garbage before it goes into your home. How about a paper towel rack or a hand sanitizer?
  • Long handled tools. Take some left over plumbing PVC piping cut at an angle top and bottom. One piece for the top and one piece for the bottom. Screw them to your shed or garage wall and label with tool names.
  • Moveable tool cart. Get some inexpensive peg board and a metal A-frame with wheels. Affix the peg board to the frame and add your tools. Since tools are stored in a vertical position they are kept out of the way. With a mobile cart you can move it where you need it when you need it.
  • Cabinet redo. Remodeling your kitchen? Or just need some garage storage look no further than those cabinets you just pulled out. If needed just a bit of sanding, paint and a cheap laminate top can make great storage.
  • Wandering basketballs or soccer balls. No worries. Create a capture cage using bungee cords and a bit of wood frame. The cords are strong enough to hold the balls but flexible enough for easy access.
  •  Modular Devices. Need just a wall of shelves? You can buy DIY modular shelving units but they are a bit costly. Expect to pay about $250 for six 4x1 foot panels.
  • Hang it up. Got some unused ceiling space or nooks in your garage. Get stuff off the floor and into the overhead by creating a hanging storage nook. A bit of plywood fastened to some studs in the ceiling and wall and you got it. No legs needed.
  • Sell it! Of course if you have no space to work with you can always sell some stuff. Clear out that garage and start again. Use the money you make to buy supplies for all these great ideas! Or turn another room like a basement or family room into your Man cave. Men deserve a place to call theirs since most of the rest of the house belongs to the woman. Ha!
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