Friday, September 25, 2015

Tip Jar

Green and Growing. green and growing Is your yard looking a little bare? How about adding some trees. Did you know that one tree can boost your home value by $2,500. Adding three trees in your yard can boost your energy savings by $250 a year. Maybe the old saying is true, “Money does grow on trees”.

DIY Laundry Detergent. Want to save $80 a year? You can find all the ingredients at your local grocery. All you need is borax, washing soda, Fels-Naptha bar soap, Oxi-clean. Grate the soap, mix the ingredients, and boil. Cost about .7 cents a load.

Fall Lawn Prep. There are steps to prepping your lawn for fall. Aeration is the first step. Seed your lawn when the soil is around 55 degrees. Add the right amount and type of fertilizer to boost the roots all winter. Mulch up your leaves to add protection for your lawn from wind and desiccation.

Create eye-catching light fixtures. Got a creative itch. How about upcycling some project leftovers like wood and mason jars into a light fixture. Cut a piece of wood the length you need, glue on some jars and stuff with string lights. Add some rope for hanging the fixture. Takes about four hours to make.

DIY for ROI. Build a deck on your home and save $6,500 and earn 490 percent ROI. DIY labor on remodeling your bathroom to save $5,000 and get 170 percent ROI. Install a new front door and save $1,000 with a 500 percent ROI. Wow!

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, September 18, 2015

Would you be happy here?

would you be happy here
It seems that some families today are taking a step back in time to the days when we were settling this great nation and families lived in small homes that were quickly built on large pieces of land that usually consisted of one big room. Most of the time these homes were built by downing large trees . But today's tiny homes are full of ingenuity.

Could you live in 89 square feet? The Tumbleweed Tiny House Company builds compact homes on a trailer base so the home acts as a sort-of mobile home. You can trailer the home with you and it has a kitchen, bathroom and fireplace. I visited their website and they have four pre-built options available. Their slogan, "An RV like you've never seen before".

Want to live in the trees above it all? How about a 53 square foot Free Spirit Sphere. They have beds and electrical hookups but no baths but these hanging globes are cozy. Kick back to the days when you were a kid and wanted Dad to build you a treehouse.

If you are living small but need more room temporarily, how about putting your bed on a motor. When you need the space, hit a button and raise the bed into the ceiling up and out of the way. 

Want to live fully self sustained? How about a 650 square foot zeroHouse that uses solar panels for power, a cistern to catch rain water for personal use and a composting toilet that turns solid waste into useable compost for gardening. Triple pane windows keep out the winter cold and allow views from inside.

would you be happy here
Credit: Modern-Shed.com
A company called Modern Shed can provide you with a home from just 80 square feet up to 640 square feet. They use top-quality materials to make these small places very livable. However, no baths or kitchens. Might be a great addition to your current backyard as a self-contained studio, gym, home office or man cave.

Most of these options are less than $100,000 in price which makes it great if you are looking to escape your large mortgage and downsize or just need something to hold you over until you can purchase again. The companies mentioned above provide pre-built options or are willing to work with you on a custom design of your own.

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.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Out with the Old In with the New

out with the old in with the new
The following pick me ups for your home will take less than the time to brew a pot of coffee by your payoffs will be huge! Although mostly cosmetic, a touch of panache goes a long way toward renewing the life of your home and maybe catching the eye of a potential buyer.
  1. Switch out your plates. No, not your dinner plates. Take a look at those standard, drab, mostly plastic plates that cover your light switches and plugs. Replace them with upgrades from the local home improvement center or take a moment to recover them or paint them yourself. Just keep in mind that they should blend in with the wall or not!
  2. Paint Touchups. Hope you kept a bit of paint from the last paint job or remodel you did in your home. If not, take a paint chip and head to Lowe’s or Home Depot so they can match it and get you a pint or more of paint. Then touchup those rubs, digs, scratches and even corners and baseboards. The cleaner the appearance the better the home looks.
  3. Add some style with new pulls. Freshen up your old cabinets with new pulls and knobs. You can replace old ones or add some if you don’t have them. Personally, I hate those finger touch cabinets. Stop by the local home improvement store to see what they have or shop online. Most are inexpensive but will add lots of character to your home.
  4. Touch up curb appeal. Mailbox looking worn out? Give it a new paint job or a great cover. You can stay classic or add your own style. Maybe even decorate the post. Just remember to keep the numbers visible for the mail person.
  5. Update those numbers. House numbers come in all types of materials and styles these days. Here is an opportunity to add a touch of class or style. Pick out what you like and get them stuck. But remember most numbers have to be seen from the road so don’t go too small.
  6. Add class to your throne. Changing out the toilet seat with an updated version can make your guests say “Wow!” They come in plastic, enamel or wood. Stay away from those cushioned ones, they don’t speak to anyone.
  7. Organize the clutter. Take a few minutes every day to straighten up some part of your home. When the mail arrives, deal with it right away. Don’t let it sit because it won’t move for a week. You can also set up some decorative containers with tops to hide what you can’t get rid of. Clear off that refrigerator too. Fifteen minutes a day does wonders to brighten your mood.
A lot to times we all just get down in the dumps and need a small project to lift our spirits and get us back on track. The quick home makeovers will help make your home more livable and maybe even keep some of the stress at bay. If you have any ideas for quick touchups I would like to hear about them.

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, September 4, 2015

Head into Fall with these Local Events



kinky boots musical at the peace center greenville sc
As we head into Fall and the Labor Day Weekend, here is a short list of local events to keep your evenings and weekends hopping! the peace center in greenville scThese are just some highlights but there is much more exciting events and shows in the month of September. To see a full list head over to visitgreenvillesc.com/events or click my link to see September events without sorting.

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, September 1, 2015

Price Reduction - 315 Liberty Rd, Iva SC 29655

315 Liberty Rd, Iva, SC 29655

Land for Sale

$180,000


Lot Size: 16.83 acres
HOA: None
Lot Description: Hardwoods, Heavily Wooded, Pond, Timber
Utilities: Well, septic available


Details:
Price Recently Reduced on this great property featuring 16.83 acres with a large pond fully stocked with fish. Some of the improvements on the and include a 20' deep in the middle of the pond with small docking area then at the dam it is 30' deep. A long gravel road takes you up the property. There is already a 300' deep working well and working septic tank on the property to include a concrete home pad measuring 64' x 34'. Throughout the property there are peach trees, plum trees, pecan trees, apple and cherry trees, then you can also find blackberries, raspberries, wild huckleberry and small blueberries - a pickers paradise! 15 Acres is located in Abbeville County Tax Map Id 053-00-00-001 then 1.83 is located in Anderson County Tax Map Id 135-01-01-013 - The taxes are divided some are assessed at 4% - and some are assessed at 6%. Telephone Company is West Carolina Tel and the Power Company is Little River. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL NOT BE SOLD WITH THE PROPERTY - A building that is being used as a residence, the semi trailer, none of the extra material.

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