Thursday, October 29, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

Light it Up!

The spooky season is upon us again. But as you prepare to celebrate Halloween, here are some ways to celebrate and save money.
halloween lighting ideas
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  • Instead of using individual lights consider using CFL or LED spotlights in color to light up your displays. One 20-watt CFL is as bright as a 100-watt incandescent bulb and can be used for as many as 30 Halloweens.
  • Another fun but inexpensive theme is to create window silhouettes that make your shadows scary. Create them using black paper and place a white background or sheet behind them. When back lit they will shine and scare like crazy. Window silhouettes can also be found at Spirit Halloween Stores which appear only at Halloween in a city near you.Love pumpkins? How about creating an arch of lighted pumpkins. Stake plastic PVC to form the arch and then zip tie different sized plastic pumpkins along the arch. You can use clear string lighting as a back lit to make them shine.
  • Got a second story balcony open? Use it to stage your best presentation. Hand your ghoul then use floor mounted up lighting for a dramatic effect. Kids will be so busy waiting for the ghoul to move they might not see you next creation.
  • As mentioned above, if you are not the creative type, then head over to Spirit Halloween store and pick up some great looking yard displays. Most are very durable and can be stored and reused for many years. They have a great selection. I even saw a haunted subway as their centerpiece this year.
  • But then again if you are creative get a string of clear led lights and buy some ping pong balls. Use sharpies to make colorful eyes on them and attach them to the light string. An expensive way to keep an eye on everyone.
  • Add some mystery to your bushes by saving paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls to make spooky bush monsters. Add a glow stick to the rolls and place them inside your bushes. For more dramatic effect, cover the rolls with paper and make white eyes over the holes.
    halloween lighting ideas
  • Mix it up. For a great overall effect mix outdoor lighting with indoor lighting. Take advantage of the windows that face the front and add lighting and spooky shadows but make sure to light the walkways for the Trick o’ Treaters. If you’re not into multiple colors, go for a monochromatic look. Pick a spooky color like green, purple, or dark blue and stick with it.
  • Lessen the cords by using battery powered light strings. A string of LEDs can burn 15 days on 3 AA batteries.
  • Disembodied heads you say. Get a hold of an old porcelain doll head or some cheap plastic one and put a battery power flickering LED inside. Ups the creepy effect by at least 25%. Make your own party by adding up-lit monsters around your home. The creepier the better.
  • Another quick DIY...grab some empty gallon milk jugs and create mini ghosts. Light them up with battery powered tea lights too.
Well now that you have ideas on lighting go forth and make your decorated home awesome! Post some pics of your great decorations in the comments below. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

How are you feeling HOT HOT HOT or not?

how are you feeling hot hot hot or not
October is upon us and the weather is cooling down. With the El Nino off the west coast it is predicted that the snowpack will be heavy this winter which means colder temperature all around. But before you light up your fireplace for those cozy nights, check out my safety tips below.
  • Check out the Firebox. Inspect the interior of the firebox for gaps, cracks and signs of wear. If the lining has been damaged to the point that you can see the steel beneath, you will need to call in a professional to get it repaired. If you don’t repair it, excessive heat can build up and damage the fireplace as a whole.
  • Do you see telltale signs of smoke. Smoke stains are a clue that something is not functioning properly in your fireplace. Stains on the ceiling might mean smoke is escaping from a gap between the firebox and the hearth. This is more common in older homes where the hearth has settled. Smoke stains above the opening to your fireplace might be an issue with the flue damper. It may be malfunctioning and not opening all the way which can cause smoke to leak out of the fireplace. For each of these issues, consult a professional for a diagnosis.
  • Make sure your fireplace grate is the right size. Placing an oversize grate in your fireplace can cause you to build a fire that is too big for your fireplace which will lead to overheating your fireplace and/or chimney.
  • Get your chimney inspected. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends an annual inspection by a professional. Getting your chimney inspected and cleaned each year can keep you from becoming a statistic.
  • Finally, read to light your fire. Know where your fire extinguisher is and make sure it is charged. Always remember to open the flue. Make sure to use dry seasoned firewood.
Now that we have help your prepare for that first fire of the season, enjoy! Drink an apple cider for me.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

New or Existing: which is the better choice?

As a homebuyer there are lots of options on the market for you to choose from and one of the major decisions is "Should I buy new?" or "Should I buy an existing home?" Here I will present you with some pros and cons for both to help you decide which way to go.

Buy an Existing Home
new or existing: which is a better choice
  • Pro: an existing home will have history, it will have character from its previous owners and it will be unique.
  • Pro: issues involved with newer homes like leaky windows and doors will have been fixed. Other regular maintenance items will be up to date.
  • Con: depending on the age of the home there may be a hazard risk like asbestos that wasn't removed or a plumbing issue that hasn't been taken care of. That is why we recommend an independent home inspection.
Buy a new construction home
new or existing: which is a better choice
  • Pro: a new home will be built using the latest building codes for the area and incorporate updated safety features into the home.
  • Pro: you have the opportunity to be the first owner and customize the upgrades and finishes to your personality.
  • Pro: a new home is always move-in ready after receiving a certificate of habitability.
  • Con: you could easily bust your budget on upgrades in a new home.
  • Con: they will also make you pay for landscaping the yard.
As you can see they are several pros and cons with either choice. In an existing home it will already have landscaping and might even have those upgrades you were looking for at a better price. You might even get more square footage than with a brand new home. But you have help! This is where hiring me as your Realtor® works as a huge pro. I can help you sift through the choices and be able to point out where each home has its own pros and cons. Contact me today and let's get started!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

October Events including Spooky Boos!



We are heading into fall big time now and coming up is the second most celebrated holiday behind Christmas…Halloween. So here are some events and happenings around Greenville for this month and a few spooky boos for those who celebrate.
To see more special Halloween events check out the ourUpstateSC.info page for a more in-depth list. There was just too many to list here. Enjoy your foray into fall and let us know what fun you had!

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.