Monday, October 31, 2016

For Sale - 108 N 4th St, Easley, SC 29640 - Price Reduced!

108 N 4th St, Easley, SC 29640

Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Levels: 1
Square Feet: +/-989
Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Single-story Bungalow
MLS # 1332306
Price: $69,800

This owner has brought this home into a new light with her investing that any homeowner would be proud to own. In 2011, the following items were done to the home for improvements, New roof installed along with a new water heater, a new stove, refrigerator with the glass tile accents along back splash and stove area were put into the home along with new Carpet, new vinyl, wall paneling was added in laundry/storage room, the flooring in laundry are was fixed, in the back bedroom installed new light fixture, insulation was added to laundry, back small bedroom, an in the attic above the porch area, some of the iron railing along the front porch was installed, the ceiling was added to the front porch area, the piping under the home a PVC with trap/cleanout was installed under bathroom, the wire in the home was redone from the screw in circuit breakers to fuses, most of the receptacles in the home were switched out from 2 prong to 3 prong, then the tub was transformed into a tub/shower combo, then added a new vanity, toilet, along with a medicine cabinet. Also a few window panes were replaced and a kitchen door was installed, the kitchen cabinets were painted in 2011 and then again in 2016. In 2014 a vapor barrier was installed under entire home crawlspace. Then in 2016 the following items were done to the home to give it the appeal it has now after tenants moved out, the carpet was replaced again, along with the new vinyl in the Kitchen, the windows were scraped and painted inside and out , and new drip pans were installed on range, and then some new blinds replaced to some windows, the ceilings and walls were painted, the front steps were repaired and then the brick skirt was added around the foundation.

For more photos and details, click the link below.
108 N 4th St, Easley, SC 29640


The interactive map below shows 108 N 4th St but not necessarily the exact location of the lot itself. FROM DOWNTOWN EASLEY, Take West Main Street over RR by Police Station onto North 2nd Street, then Lt on West B Avenue at United Methodist Church, then LT on North 4th Street on home on Lt.


Friday, October 28, 2016

Guarantee your contractor will take the job

Guarantee your contractor will take the job
Homeowners sometimes have small scale projects come up that need to be fixed and might be over the head of your handyman or DIYer. It can be maddening to get a general contractor to call you back much less look at your job. Here are some tactics that will help you land the right one.
  1. Offer a bundle. If you have several jobs you have been wanting or pinning to have done, add them all to the list. It works as a win-win, you get your honey-dos done and the contractor gets to make enough money to make the job worth their time.
  2. Pre-purchase the materials. Make the job more tempting and less hassle to the contractor by buying the materials ahead of time and having them ready for when the contractor arrives. It will lower their overhead and they won’t have to be compensated for assuming the extra risk.
  3. Book it off-season. By waiting until the winter months to do your job, your chances of getting a better contractor at a better price will increase. When colder weather appears, contractors will suddenly have more availability. Be prepared for the job to take a bit longer if your weather changes but it will still be completed and maybe cost you a lot less than a summer job.
  4. Utilize electronic media. One of the hardest things is to get a contractor to spend the time to actually come out and give you a quote personally. Homeowners usually want to get several quotes to see who bids the lowest price. To get around this, take a bunch of photos of the job and then email them to the contractor with information about the job. This expedites the process and they just may pay more attention to it.
  5. Patience. Can you be a bit flexible with your timeline? The more flexible you are the better it will be to get a contractor to accept the job. They can fit in your smaller jobs in between their larger jobs. But do be aware if a job seems to go beyond what is a reasonable amount of time. Be polite, be patient but be aware.
  6. Sticker Shock. When you hire a contractor, you hire an oftentimes licensed professional who carries insurance and who pays worker’s compensation for his employees. You also get a team knowledgeable in construction not just a handyman who does odd jobs here and there. Don’t be surprised if these extra benefits cost more like around $60 an hour or more as opposed to $25 an hour for a handyman. By not balking at the higher price, you will encourage a contractor to take your job instilling in him that fact that you know it will cost more.
Hope these tips help you with determining whether or not your next job will be DIY or a contract job. Don’t get in over your head and don’t be afraid to contact a professional.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Don’t get caught in the cold!

Don’t get caught in the cold!
As our homes age, so do our windows. They become noisy, they may start to rattle and then they may start hiking our energy bills because they aren’t doing their job anymore. Well here are some affordable and quick ways to address the annoyance now, and some thoughts for the future.

What causes the draft? Glazing putty on older windows can become brittle and fall out causing the glass to rattle. Double-hung wood windows can shrink and let in cold air. The gaskets or weather stripping on Vinyl and aluminum windows can wear out.

Five easy right now fixes you can do which are all under $8.
  1. V-seal weather stripping. This can be added to the sides of your sashes and it still allows windows to open and shut.
  2. Rope caulk is soft, sticky and pliable. You can mold it for your gap situation and then remove it after winter is done.
  3. Shrink film clear plastic sheeting shrinks drum tight after heating with a hair dryer and applying with double-sided tape. Creates an insulating buffer of air while sealing out drafts. Rubbing alcohol will help with removal in the spring by releasing the tape.
  4. Nail polish. A quick fix to fill cracks which is almost invisible. After it hardens, it will stabilize the glass until you can get some weather-seal tape on it.
  5. Draft snake. We’ve all seen them at Grandma's house or at “As Seen on TV” stores but they work. Comes with a 36” foam tube which you can cut to the length you need with a washable cover. Place it in your window sill and close the window down on it to seal off the draft.

Three long term fixes which you may want to do during the summer or early fall when the weather's still warm during the day.
  1. Replacing loose, broken or missing glazing. You can DIY this by searching out some videos to see how the pros do it or you can have a professional glazer do it for you. Either way it is a process that will take a bit of time, not hard just involved.
  2. Bring back the storm window. If you already have some of these sitting in your shed or garage, clean them up and reglaze them if necessary then put them up. They insulate and cut out drafts. Only cost to you is time.
  3. Replace the window. When the quick or long-term fixes no longer work, it is just time to replace the whole window. Then think upgrade! But get a few estimates and hire the job out. DIY window replacement is a major job and the pros can do it quicker and faster than you can.
Hope that helps you out. Now is the time to hit the home improvement store for the caulk or weather stripping so you can be the rush. Keep the cold weather outside this year!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Price Reduced! - 260 Eastatoe Parkway, Sunset, SC 29685

260 Eastatoe Parkway, Sunset, SC 29685
260 Eastatoe Parkway, Sunset, SC 29685
Price: $59,900

Type: Residential Lot

Welcome to 260 Eastatoe Parkway Lot 22 @ The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards. This community is where you can find tranquility, peace and quiet. As you enter the gates to the private property you will proceed up the gentle winding road. Once you arrive at the lot you will view 2.61 Acres which has beautiful woods throughout the property and spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain views. There is a power transformer near the lots edge, and public water is available as well, however there needs to be a septic tank installed for sewer. The land gently slopes down and butts up against the common area of the cliffs and then down from there the serene waters of Lake Keowee. The property located at 260 Eastatoe Parkway has sought after memberships available at any level that includes an Active, Sport, and/or Golf Memberships for purchaser. The Cliffs Prospective Member Information Package and the 2016 Cliffs Membership Application and Membership Plan are available for review. Dependent on the seller, some memberships must be purchased at closing and others must be purchased within 30 days of the closing. If no membership is purchased within 30 days of the closing, membership is no longer available for that property. A dock permit may be available; however Duke Energy is the authority that must be checked with for availability on dock permits. Make an appointment today to view this great property!

For more photos and details, click the link below.
260 Eastatoe Parkway, Sunset, SC 29685


The interactive map below shows 260 Eastatoe Parkway but not necessarily the exact location of the lot itself.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sold - 116 Northcliff Way, Greenville, SC 29617

116 Northcliff Way, Greenville, SC 29617
116 Northcliff Way, Greenville, SC 29617
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Levels: 2
Square Feet: +/-2200
Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Two-story Traditional
MLS # 1331568
Price: SOLD

This home has sold. See my other available homes by visiting my website at www.BestGreenvilleRealEstate.com.


Friday, October 14, 2016

Hacks for Fixing those most Troublesome Household Nuisances

Routine household maintenance can be boring and not very glamorous when compared to remodeling or decorating. But it needs to be kept up with or that small nuisance will turn into a more major issue. Here are some hacks to get you going.
  1. Clean up your drain trap with zip ties. Start by connecting 3 or 4 zip ties and then put a notch in them every half inch with scissors. Remove the drain plug and feed it into the drain. Swivel the chain to pick up any hair clogging the drain. Pull out and remove gunk, repeat as necessary. Then go buy a hair trap.
  2. Loosen up those locks. Find a wooden pencil or a mechanical pencil. Expose the “graphite” and then push the pencil into the lock. The idea is to break off some of the graphite into the lock as your lubricant. Use your key to break it up. Then turn the key back and forth to loosen the lock.
  3. Hacks for fixing those most troublesome household nuisancesMake bathroom fixtures new again. If you have some older metallic looking fixtures in the bath that work great but look terrible, instead of replacing them just give them a coat of paint. Pick up some matte, metallic paint and give those fixtures a new coating in a color of your choice.
  4. Shower heads affected by hard water. Our water is not perfect. After a while the hard water deposits start to add up and start clogging your shower heads. Fill up a quart-size freezer bag half with what vinegar and then submerge your shower head. Let it soak overnight. Remove the bag in the am and run some water through it before you take a shower. If it didn’t clean up do it again.
  5. Oil your hinges. Don’t worry about buying any heavy duty lubricants, just go to the pantry and pull out the olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable whatever oil you got and add a tiny bit to your hinges. Don’t over due case it may turn rancid. But just enough to get rid of the noise.
  6. Clean your gutters without the danger. Go to your local hardware store and pick up some PVC pipe. Fix to the end of your leaf blower and watch the leaves blow away without stepping on any ladders.
  7. Low maintenance lights. Start switching all your bulbs to LEDs. Not only do you get a savings on your power bill, they last for years longer than the CFLs or incandescent ones do. Double boom!
Hope these hacks help you out. I found a couple in here that I am going to use myself.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Back on the Market - 45 4th Ave, Greenville, SC 29611

45 4th Ave, Greenville, SC 29611
45 4th Ave, Greenville, SC 29611
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms:2
Levels: 1
Square Feet: +/-1200-1399
Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Cottage
MLS # 1340683
Price: $89,888


You won't find a fixer upper here - this home is ready to move in and call your own! Starting in January 2016 the following items were replaced in this 2 bedroom 2 bath home that is situated on approx. . . .152 acres with almost a completely fenced yard. The home was repainted outside, laminate and vinyl flooring was laid throughout the home; the entire home was rewired to include GFCI's. All of the plumbing was replaced and then the city replaced the plumbing from the home to the street. The fireplaces were inspected the one in the bedroom had to be gutted; however the one in the living room is fine to use. Just remove the brick or remove the plate and install a pipe for a wood stove. New toilets were added and replaced new tub was installed in the Master bath. Home has all new appliances I in the kitchen, a new cabinet and counter top were installed along wall across from the sink, and then the sink received a new counter top, along with a new faucet. Back steps were installed; the entire home has new interior doors except for hall bath and storage room. New kitchen hardware, 2" wood faux blinds added to entire home, new thermostat, a new doorbell, installed a door for the front bedroom closet. The backyard at one time had an above ground pool and there is still a receptacle in the backyard for another pool. The HVAC Unit is approximately 1997 however all the duct work was replaced in 2016. The roof was approximately installed in 94/95. Home was fitted with LED lighting throughout. The gas water heater was installed in 1995; the flooring under the new tub in Master bathroom was reinforced under the home. The crawlspace is tall for most of the home and a great storage area. The home is close to downtown living, entertainment, eateries, sports bar, the baseball stadium, doctors and hospitals. A great home basically updated to new at a fair price, don't miss out on this opportunity to own a great home!

For more photos and details, click the link below.

45 4th Ave, Greenville, SC 29611

The interactive map below shows the approximate location of 45 4th Ave. Follow these directions:Take I-85 South, exit 51 toward Greenville, right on Academy St., go 3.2 miles, left on 3rd Ave., right on Heatherly Dr., left on 4th Ave., home down on left on corner, look for sign.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Greenville SC Events and Happenings for October 2016

greenville sc events and happenings for October 2016
The fall festival season is here! Check out the local Greenville events below highlighting festivals and special Halloween events this month.
The following is a quick list of Haunted Houses and Halloween Attractions for 2016 in and around Greenville SC.
greenville sc events and happenings for October 2016
  • Greenville Ghost Tour Original Edition every Thurs-San in October at 8pm. Sells out early during Halloween...buy your tickets at GreenvilleGhost.com.
  • The Late Tour Fridays & Saturdays in October at 10:30pm. All ages. A creepy late night version of our tour takes you on the Darkside and leaves you where 10,000 souls rest downtown!
  • Haunted Pub Crawl! New Tour! 8:30 every Wed night but only for ages 21+ only.
  • Greenville Zombie Outbreak presents Infected! A zombie themed haunted attraction. Bigger, gorier, try to survive! Greenvillezombieshoot.com
  • Nightmare Dungeon Haunted House by Scream Productions. Over 20 horror scenes. Nightmaredungeon.com
  • Madworld Haunted attraction and zombie shoot. Interact with your haunting experience. www.madworldhaunt.com
  • Hawk & Toms 3D funhouse of horrors (formerly Nightmare on Pendleton St.) Two events for the price of one.
  • Sweet Dreams Scare House in Anderson. Creatures from your worst nightmares. www.sweetdreamsscarehouse.com
I couldn’t get all the scary events posted here but details for each haunted event above plus many more can be found at GreenvilleGhost.com.

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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.