Monday, August 31, 2015

Price Reduction - 114 Watson Road, Fountain Inn, SC 29644

Price: $138,800

Bedrooms: 3
Full Bathrooms: 3.5

Sq. Feet: 2400-2599
Type: Detached Single Family

County: Greenville

Reduced $30K. Take a look at this spacious solid all brick home approximately 2512.32 Heated Square Feet of living space. The home is situated on 2.51 of beautiful peaceful fenced acreage! The home has nice Large Rooms and an Open Concept which includes 3 Bedrooms that have their Own Bathrooms, a Half Bath, 24x10 Sunroom, 32x15 Great Room that opens up to the Sunroom, a large 21x15 Breakfast Room that could be Dining Room. Off the Master Bedroom there is an 18x10 Nursery or Office. A 1950’s brick home that has had many updates since 2001, from the roof, to the heating and cooling unit, the flooring, light fixtures just to name a few. There 33x16 Awesome Deck overlooking the backyard. The 30x30 Detached Garage has an Oversized Two
Car with a 30x16 Extra Bay that would make an Awesome Workshop. The price reflects the home being Sold AS-IS – it is priced competitive for the heated square footage, acreage, and location. There is supposedly city water at the street on the road nearest the home. The location is just about 7 miles to Simpsonville, lots of shopping, eateries, and the hospital to include doctor’s offices and 385.

Click this link to see more pictures and details on this property:
114 Watson Road, Fountain Inn, SC 29644 - MLS/Listing # 1302180

Friday, August 28, 2015

Stun them with your Crown

stun them with your crown
To add a bit of pizzazz to your rooms consider top off your walls with some crown moulding. The right type of moulding can add accents just where you need it. Here are some ideas below.
  • Add some crown moulding to a room to bring in a bit of elegance. Crown moulding comes in pine MDF, wood, polystyrene and polyurethane products. You can get it finished or unfinished. Unfinished choices are mainly wood.
  • Your room doesn't have to resemble ancient Greece. Today there are more contemporary pieces available to use. Make sure that custom pieces are taller than the moulding along the floor or carpet. Costs a bit more than regular moulding but can add that little bit of jazz.
  • Need to match an older shaker-style motif over your doors or windows? No problem. Use a triple crown along your cabinets. Start with a simple trim, then add a flat plain board and top it with a matching fluted crown.
  • Need to light it up? How about using lighted crown moulding. For around $800 for a 12x12 foot room, you can add some ambient lighting. Lights are set in the lower piece of moulding and shine upwards.
  • How about touching up those curves. Use flexible polyurethane moulding that bends and conforms to add a touch of class. It is light and takes paint or stains.
  • Into metal? If you have a stamped metal ceiling you can add some stamped metal crown moulding to go with it. Easy to cut and lightweight n either pre-finished or primed. Pre-formed corners are also available.
  • Useful and pretty. Get some hollow PVC crown moulding and use it to run new wiring. It can hide cable, audio and communication wires. Inexpensive too at $10-$20 for an 8 foot, 4-inch tall section.
  • Go green with your crown. Buy moulding made from reclaimed timbers. Check out your local lumber salvage yard for materials. Get some beautiful pine moulding for around $9 a foot.
  • Want really cheap. Use white duct tape to create a faux crown along the wall/ceiling of your room. Makes tall walls look shorter.
Check out your local home improvement store for their styles and flavors of crown moulding. They carry all manufactured types that will fit any project.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

The New Old Green Cleaner

Today our concern for the environment is at an all time high. Especially when the EPA can do a routine inspection and end up polluting a highly-used recreational and drinking water river such as the Animas that runs through southern Colorado, Northern New Mexico and Arizona. So what can we do as individuals? How about rediscovering a new old green cleanser.

Hydrogen Peroxide has been around for ages and a 16-ounce bottle only costs around a dollar. So here are ten ways you can use it in your home.
    the new old green cleaner hydrogen peroxide
  1. Cleaning your cutting board and counter tops. Put the peroxide in an opaque spray bottle because light will decrease its effectiveness, then spray over surfaces and let the bubbles do the job. Let sit for a few minutes and then rinse clean.
  2. Wiping down your dishwasher and fridge. Peroxide is non-toxic, yay! So it can be used in areas where your store dishes or food. Take your spray bottle and spray all surfaces inside and out, let stand a few minutes as before and wipe clean.
  3. Ooo, cleaning sponges. We all hate how our sponges start to smell, well let them soak in a 50/50 mixture for ten minutes and rinse thoroughly when done.
  4. Pots and pans. Here you need to combine the peroxide with baking soda (also green) to make a paste. Apply to the baked-on stain and let sit. Use your cleaned scrubby sponge from above and warm water to scrub away the stain.
  5. Bring your grout back to white. Spray peroxide on your mildewed or dingy grout and let sit for a bit. Scrub with an old toothbrush or scrub brush. Depending on application, you may have to repeat a few times to get back to white.
  6. Toilet bowl. Forget all those fancy cleaners, just pour in peroxide and let sit for twenty minutes when scrub clean.
  7. In your laundry. Wow, use it as a pre-treat for your stains. Spray the stains and let sit for a bit then wash as normal. You can even use peroxide in place of bleach as a brightener for your whites.
  8. Around the house. Brighten your floors by adding a half cup of peroxide to a gallon of hot water. Safe to all floor types.
  9. General clean ups. In place of cleaning wipes, grab your spray bottle from above and spray down doorknobs, toys, faucets or anything that is touched on a regular basis. It is not a lung irritant so it is safe around kids and anyone who may have lung issues. Make your own cleaning wipe by soaking a cloth in peroxide.
  10. Protect your plants. Great a warding off fungus, get your plant spray bottle and add a bit of peroxide to it. Then spritz your plants as normal. If you need a large batch use a half cup to one gallon of water.
So now that you know all the uses for good ole hydrogen peroxide, go out and buy some bottles and get to work on greening up your cleaners. Who would have thought that such a cheap tool could do so much!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Top Renovation Budget Savers - Short Video

Found this great video on renovation budget savers provided by HGTV.
Check it out! No matter what your budget you can always save money on a renovation.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Make Money off Your Home

make money off your home
As a Realtor, I am always asked "If I fix up my home will I get back my investment?" Remodeling magazine does a report every year that compares cost versus value. They cover each region of the country and give an over view of home projects that will net you the biggest return on your investment dollars. Here are their top 5 projects across the board.
  1. Replace the front door with a steel entry door. Average cost $1200. You will recoup 101 percent when you sell. In this case a new front door is worth more than you paid for it.
  2. Add stone veneer accents outside your home. Average cost about $7,000. You will recoup 84 percent when you sell.
  3. Replace your garage door. Average cost about $1500. You will recoup 88 percent when you sell.
  4. Replace your siding. Average cost is about $14,000. You will recoup 84 percent when you sell.
  5. Build a Deck. Average cost is around $10,000. You will recoup 80 percent of that when you sell.
Now I also look into cost versus value for our region which they consider the South Atlantic. Here are some more local numbers for South Carolina.
  1. Entry Door Replacement. Job Cost: $1,166. Resale Value: $1,310. Cost Recouped: 112%
  2. Manufactured Stone Veneer. Job Cost: $7,076. Resale Value: $6,580. Cost Recouped: 93%
  3. Garage Door Replacement. Job Cost: $1,517. Resale Value: $1,390. Cost Recouped: 91.6%
  4. Siding Replacement (Vinyl). Job Cost: $11,013. Resale Value: $9,012. Cost Recouped: 81.8%
  5. Deck Addition (wood). Job Cost: $9,310. Resale Value: $7,751. Cost Recouped: 83.3%

make money off your home
It appears that for our area, the South Atlantic, that recouped percentages on these five areas are running a bit higher than Remodeling Magazine's national averages. That would mean that these are hot button issues with buyers in our area.  You can't go wrong when with these!

There were other remodeling areas in the home that will give you a good return on your investment that is just a bit lower than the top ones but still maybe worth thinking about. See the full report on site. Remember that you will have to live with your decision so make it a change that makes you and/or your family happy while you are still in the home.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

August Events Around Greenville

Hard to believe it's August already. To help you get ready for the month ahead, here are some events and happenings in and around Greenville.
  1. 11th Annual Lake Lure Olympiad at Chimney Rock State Park.
    Hwy 64/74-A in Chimney Rock NC. Aug 14-16. Admission varies but save $10 by registering early. A 3-day family sports festival. Competitions include a sprint triathlon, junior Olympiad, 10K run, race to the rock and 2-mile open water championship. For non-athletes there are games, beach BBQ, water ski show and fireworks.
  2. 9th Annual Race to the Rock (5K run or 25-mile bike). Happens the same weekend and at the same place as the above on Aug 16th with the bike ride starting at 7:45am and run at 8am. Save on registration by going to to register.
  3. Alive Inside at the Peace Center on Aug 20th. Time 7pm, admission $10. Come watch Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett's film about music and how powerful it is in our lives.
  4. Competition Dining Series Dinner Battle Aug 3-18 at Larkin's Sawmill. See website for exact schedule but admission is $55-$75. Occurs every Monday ,Tuesday and Wednesday in August.
  5. Greenville Drive Baseball at Fluor Field between Aug 11-16. Come support your local team at their home games. Times 7:05pm, Sun 4:05pm.
  6. Innoskate at the Children's Museum of the Upstate on Aug 8 from 9am to 5pm. A day to teach children the science behind skateboarding.
  7. Ongoing until Sep 12 is the Saturday Bluegrass Festival at City of Fountain Inn in Commerce Park. Times 7-8:30pm and it's FREE! Happens every Saturday.
  8. South Carolina Breakfast Club Fly In on Aug 16 at the Runway Café. Time 8:30am. All welcome! Aviation enthusiasts will fly and drive to this event.
This is just a small sample of the events coming in August. For a full calendar go to Through this link I have already set it up to show you the month of August.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Space, Space Everywhere

space space everywhere
We all love summer and spending time outdoors. It has even been proven that people are happier when they get some outside time. So put down the high tech devices and use some of that ideas I came across to spruce up your outdoor haven and love your space. Porches and patios are your friends!
  1. Make sure you outside space is comfortable. When you walk into our outdoor space do you ahhh? If you don't then that might be problem number one. If you aren't comfortable you probably won't spend any time in it. Buy some comfy outdoor furniture. They are now made to handle the elements. Maybe add an outdoor rug to protect bear feet. Then add some privacy. If you don't have fencing you can find some privacy screening at your local home improvement store.
  2. Bring the tech outside with you. If you just can't be without it or if you like to work from your outdoor space, make sure you devices can reach your internet. An outdoor wireless Wi-Fi antenna can boost your signal. Adding wireless speakers adds some music. Even a solar USB charging station can keep you from running from plug to plug. Nothing's better than enjoying a day on the patio or screened porch will getting some needed work done also.
  3. Make the transition between inside and outside as seamless as possible. Nothing screams go outside like opening up a sliding glass door or double French doors to your outside space. Replace that single back door with a bright wide opening. It will add value to your home and encourage you to move between house and home. Add some weatherproof flooring in the room adjacent to your outside space for protection and continue the theme into your space.
  4. Light the way! Don't get chased inside when the sun goes down. With the invent of LED lighting, keeping the party going won't cost you as much these days. Or add some solar up lighting to your trees and shrubs or walkways. Rope lighting is popular or perhaps drop lighting will fit your space. If you have steps, make sure to highlight them for safety!
  5. Add your style. Nothing says it your space like adding a touch of you to it. Add some personal touches, create custom stepping stones or pathways, build in some custom seating, cooking areas or plant boxes. Make it yours.
    space space everywhere

  6. Remove the excuses. Pull family to your outside space by giving them features they find appealing. Fire pits are always a draw. Who doesn't love warming their toes or making S'mores? Also adding a playspace for the kids or chalkboard fences are good. Treating your pets like family is also a plus and could add value to your home. Add some dog windows or a dog run.
  7. Fight off the elements and critters. Adding a canopy or awning or pergola to your space can move a hot spot to a cool spot. Canopies and awnings made with polycarbonate panels will block UV rays. A glass fence screen can kept the wind out of your cooking fire or redirect it. Also screening in a back porch can extend you through the summer. Add screening under decking if the slats are opened. Again adding outdoor carpet here can keep back the bugs and add a homey touch.
Whatever you decide to do, making an outdoor space more inviting can only bring good times to you and your family. Customized outdoor spaces can also be great entertaining spaces also. So get your summer on and spruce up your space!