Friday, January 27, 2017

Notable Events Happening in and Around Greenville for February

notable events happening in and Around Greenville for February
February is the last month of real winter and the first month heading into spring. Here are some events happening inside and outside around Greenville this month that will help you deal with the change over.
  • Peter and The Starcatcher, 2/24/2017 to 3/12/2017, at the Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St, Greenville, SC 29601, Times: Thu-Sat 8 pm; Sun 3 pm, Admission:$20-$35, 
  • Recurrence:Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
  • RenĂ©e Fleming: In Recital, on 2/11/2017 at The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, Times:8 pm, Admission:$65-$95.
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Extreme, 2/2/2017 to 2/5/2017, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville, SC 29601, Times:Thu 10 am and 7:30 pm; Fri 10 am and 7:30 pm; Sat 11 am, 3 pm and 7 pm; Sun 3 pm, Recurrence:Recurring daily.
  • STEM at RMSC on 2/11/2017 at Roper Mountain Science Center, 402 Roper Mountain Rd, Greenville, SC 29615, Times:9 am-3 pm, Admission:$8 adults and teens; $7 children 4 - 12 and seniors; Free for RMSC members and children ages 3 and younger.
  • Winter Jam 2017 on 2/16/2017, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, 650 N Academy St, Greenville, SC 29601, Times:7 pm, Admission:$10 at the door. 
  • Kappa Kappa Scream by Randall David Cook, dates 2/8/2017 to 2/18/2017 at Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC 29613, Times:Feb 8-11 and 16-18, 8 pm; Feb 12, 3 pm; Feb 10 and 17, Midnight, Admission:Adults: $18, Senior: $15, Faculty/Staff, $12, Student: $10, Recurrence:Recurring daily.
  • Makers Monday Community Dinner on 2/13/2017 at Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, 205 Cedar Lane Rd, Greenville, SC 29611 Times:5-8 pm

These are just a few of the events for February. For notice on events by day LIKE our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Is there a ghost in my home or is time for repairs?

Is there a ghost in my home or is time for repairs?
Is your home acting just weird enough to make you think it's haunted? Strange sounds emanating from the walls, lights flickering, bad water smells. You may not have noticed any of these things when you bought the house but homes age like people do and they need regular checkups also. Here are some of the more popular quirks and how you can get the fixed.
  • Flickering Lights. Causes for the flickering could be as simple as a bulb getting ready to blow or it could be more serious like “arcing” of power between wires which can cause fires. But if you are getting dimming when an appliance turns on it may be an overloaded circuit. Solution: Get a licensed electrician to take a look. You really don’t want to DIY electrical problems especially if you intend to sell your home in the future. All electrical work should be done by a licensed professional and the small amount of money you pay to get the problem fixed is better than the bigger bucks for replacing a panel or recovering from a major home fire.
  • Exterior Paint Peeling. The biggest reason paint peels is due to moisture trapped or seeping out below it. This can especially happen under leaking gutters or in areas where your bathrooms are located. Solution: First hunt down the source of the moisture and get it stopped. Depending on how long it has been peeling will depend on how much it takes to get the leak stopped. Then once the moisture is stopped, scrape down the peeling paint and apply a primer coat and repaint the area. Don’t delay, you don’t want to have to start replacing siding. And updating your bathroom fans with a moisture sensing fan will help to decrease the moisture getting caught in the walls and sticking around.
  • Wall Rustling. The cause of this annoying problem is a bit creepy. It is usually the result of a termite or carpenter ant infestation. If not caught early, these can cost a pretty sum to fix. Solution: Call a local pest control guy and get an inspection performed. He/she can tell you what’s up and suggest a solution.
  • Creaking, Popping and Groaning. Hearing these sounds out of your home is a normal part of the ageing process in your home. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can often make these sounds louder or happen more frequently. Popping could be from nails being forced out of the wood. Solution: There isn’t really anything you can do except perhaps dropping talcum powder into creaking floorboards. But if something doesn’t sound right or is too loud contact a local general contractor, remodeler or structural engineer to give your home a once over.
  • Musty Smell. Mildew. Yep I said it. Mildew is the root of all that musty smell that we often associate with old homes. Mildew is a fungus that when left alone will grow uncontrolled and may even cause health issues. Any area in your home that creates moisture is a possible initiator for mildew. Solution: Keep the surfaces of your home dry. By a inexpensive fan to keep air moving in the room, purchase a dehumidifier for areas where you can get a fan, add insulation in the walls or ceiling of your home to make the surfaces warmer. If you do find some mildew, clean it up using a chemical product you can find at Walmart and then spray with an inhibitor. Once dry, prime and paint.
Hope these causes and solutions helped you out. A home is just like a kid, it needs to be looked after and get once or twice a year checkups just to keep everything copacetic. Whether you DIY it or hire it done, getting things like the above mentioned items fixed will keep you and your family happy and healthy for years to come.

For events happening in and around Greenville during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.

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, January 17, 2017

Major Price Reduction - 198 Raven Falls Lane, Simpsonville, SC 29681

198 Raven Falls Lane, Simpsonville, SC 29681
198 Raven Falls Lane, Simpsonville, SC 29681
Square Feet: +/-3000-3199
Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Two-Story
MLS # 1335783
Price: $256,400

NEW PRICE! This spectacular home just got better! A meticulously well-kept concrete plank and brick accent home awaits you in the desired area of Simpsonville. This 3000HSF home features a covered rocking chair front porch and is equipped with 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and more than 3000 Heated Square Feet of spacious living. Welcome home and enter into the 2 story foyer that opens up and exposes this open floor plan, on the left is the 18x12 formal dining room, formal dining room then to the right is a study that would make a great office area, straight ahead as you enter the 21x17 Great Room with a raised brick hearth gas fireplace that is centered between 2 windows with room to mount a tv. Open kitchen to Great Room that is adorned with Granite Counter tops, recess lighting, under cabinet lighting, stainless steel appliances free standing range with double ovens and a pantry with storage closet with tile backsplash and 42-inch cabinets. The Guest Room on the main level has access to the full bath. The Spacious Master Suite includes a relaxing sitting room, ample amounts of closet space that include two large walk-ins. The Master Bath has has dual vanity sinks, a large garden tub & separate shower. The walk-in laundry room is upstairs near bedrooms for easy access. Lots of natural light beams into the home and hardwoods flow throughout most of the main level. There is ceramic tile in all three bathrooms and laundry room for easy cleanup. There are 9’ ceilings throughout most of the first floor, ceiling fans, lots of window blinds for privacy. Another great feature is the Separate HVAC systems for each floor Outside the home the yard has a Full Irrigation System, Fenced Backyard, Back Patio with easy access to the kitchen. There is a community pool and common areas for your enjoyment. The Ravenwood community is situated in a convenient area near Five Forks Simpsonville, close to downtown Simpsonville, and a straight shot into Greenville where along the way you can find eateries, extensive shopping options, doctors, and hospitals. Current owners have completed the following items during their ownership Hardwoods were added in Great Room & Study/Living Room in March 2012, Stainless Steel Range with Double Ovens March 2012, Stainless Steel Microwave March 2012, Stainless Steel Dishwasher March 2012, Fenced was installed on the left front & side of yard and the chain link fence to not feel closed off in January 2014, Flooring was installed in back left bedroom June 2016, Ceiling fans with light kits were installed in the upstairs 4th bedroom and in the Master sitting area 2014, Installed curved shower curtain rods in bathrooms, The chandelier in the Dining Room was installed 2014, Under cabinet accent lighting added to most of cabinets March 2012, Storm doors were added to the front and back doors 2012, Landscape Lighting added in 2014, Additional Fluorescent Lighting was added to garage 2013, The garage floor has had the Epoxy applied in March 2013, Do not miss out on this opportunity to make this home your own!

For more photos and details, click the link below.
198 Raven Falls Lane, Simpsonville, SC 29681

The interactive map below shows 198 Raven Falls Lane but not necessarily the exact location of the lot itself. Directions: I-85 or 385 to Woodruff Rd. East on Woodruff towards Five Forks. Approx. 1 mile past Five Forks, enter Ravenwood on L which is Raven Falls Lane. House
on R.

Monday, January 16, 2017

For Sale - 10 Edgeridge Court, Simpsonville, SC 29680

10 Edgeridge Court, Simpsonville, SC 29680
10 Edgeridge Court, Simpsonville, SC 29680
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Levels: 1.5
Square Feet: +/-2474
Type: Detached Single Family
MLS #1335605
Price: $324,900

A True Treasure awaits you in this Desired Gated Community close to doctors, hospitals, shopping, and groceries. Upon entering this well maintained neighborhood you will find a Beautiful Craftsman Style Stick Built Home nestled in a Cul-de-Sac on one of the largest premium lots. This home has fine finishing touches that compliment this upscale build.

The Martin Floor Plan is wrapped in James B Hardie, Hardiboard siding for years of maintenance-free living and has rock accenting the columns and garage area. Upon entering the driveway you are greeted by a rocking chair covered front porch. There is Lots of natural light that flow through this home. The upgrades that were handpicked for the home include, Two-pieced crown molding is adorning throughout most of the home. The 5” Scraped Walnut Hardwood Flowing flows in the Kitchen, Breakfast, Foyer, & Dining Rooms. There is Ceramic Tile in the large walk-in Pantry, Laundry Room and all 3 Bathrooms, The 18x12 Master Bedroom has a pan ceiling and crown molding with a spacious walk-in closet. The Kitchen has Granite Countertops, Tumbled Tiled Backsplash, along with Gallery Level Stainless Steel Appliances that include a Dishwasher, Free Standing Smooth Cook top Stove, & Microwave, the Cabinets are all-wood raised panel cabinets with full extension, in the lower cabinets the seller had pull out drawers installed & the drawers are soft close along with under cabinet lighting and recessed lighting. There is an opportunity for two pantries, one of the pantries is walk-in with tons of shelving.

As you proceed through the Breakfast Room out through the French Doors that have a Full Transom along top of the doors allowing in more natural light the owner had built a 16x12 screened in porch with brick flooring and a pickled wood ceiling to include a ceiling fan overlooking a peaceful backyard. In the Bathrooms you will find soft closed drawers and the high standard cabinets that are in the kitchen with Granite in all 3 bathrooms along with 17” Comfort Height Toilets. The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, the upstairs bedroom and bathroom would make a great bonus room /guest suite. The Great Room has recessed lighting, plenty of floor space for furniture along with a floor outlet, a gas direct vented fireplace and a luxurious 52 oz weight carpet. The Dining Room walls are lined with 56” Bead Board Wainscoting. The owner is an avid reader and had custom bookshelves installed in the back bedroom. The homeowner painstaking planted in the flowerbeds with beautiful plants and flowers to make a beautiful garden, along with adding two hedge rows along the sides and back of home and a blooming Cherry Tree. She had a large tree professionally trimmed. Then as a finishing touch she added River Rock border along the back of the property. The home has been built with Energy Efficient Insulation R-30 Ceilings, R-13 in the walls. The windows are double pane vinyl windows with Low-E. Don’t miss out on this incredible home in a desirable area of living. So many features you just got to come and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!

For more photos and details, click the link below.
10 Edgeridge Court, Simpsonville, SC 29680

Directions:From Greenville take I-385 exit onto Fairview Rd Exit then Right onto Fairview Rd then Right onto Harrison Bridge then Left into Subdivision. Right onto
Belle Oaks then a left onto Edgeridge Court in Cul-de-Sac.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Things to Start Now if you want to Buy in 2017

things to start now if you want to buy in 2017
Automate payments to your savings.
If you are wanting to buy a home in 2017 then there are some preparation steps you need to do now so you will be ready. Buying a home is the biggest investment you are likely to make in your lifetime and you should be prepared.
  1. Good Habit #1: Automate payments to your savings for a down payment. For a $200,000 home a typical expected down payment is around 20% which is about $40,000. Now this is more than most everyone plans for when dreaming of a home. But to get started you can set up for a piece of your paycheck to divert into a savings account each month. If you don’t see it you won’t spend it. Now there are other options out there for down payment assistance so contact me if you need details but it doesn’t hurt to start saving.
  2. Good Habit #2: Get a FREE credit report and keep it clean. Lenders always pull a credit report to see your scoring and make sure you are paying your bills on time. Pay off as many balances as you can and try not to take on any huge debt like a new car, boat or RV to close to buying a home. If you do need to use your credit keep it below 30% of your income.
  3. Good Habit #3: Living on a budget. Figure out a target price for the home you want to buy and then set up a budget so you can make the payments. By modifying your spending habits early you get used to less disposable income, you save more towards your down payment, or pay down your debt or set up a cushion for new furniture.
  4. Good Habit #4: Practice DIY. Learning how to fix basic maintenance issues in your home can save you money. Issues such as drywall repair, basic plumbing and electrical shorts can all be handled without professional help. Lowes and Home Depot often have classes for homeowners that you can sign up for and attend. Being handy means being smart.
  5. Good Habit #5: Be prepared to make an offer. Start by shopping online with one of the many real estate sites so you can get a feel for prices, sizes and condition of homes on the market where you want to live. You’ll want to scope out schools near by, location and any amenities the neighborhood provides (HOA) also. By narrowing down your wish list to a realistic list you can be ready to pounce on the home you want when it hits the market.
So now you can get busy and develop all these good habits right now. Last year went by fast so this year maybe on the same track. Seems the older we get the faster the years go by. Don’t let 2017 pass you by without some good habit changes. Next time we will explore bad home-buying habits to get rid of this year.

For additional events happening in and around Greenville during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.

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.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Notable Events in Greenville SC for January 2017

Welcome to 2017! Here are some events happening in and around Greenville SC for the month of January. 
  • Greenville Remodeling Expo from Jan 13th-15th at the TD Convention Center. Times Fri 2-7pm, Sat 10am - 7pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Admission: Adults $5, Children under 18 FREE. This comprehensive and expansive home show brings together homeowners and many of the most knowledgeable and experienced remodeling and building experts.
  • Restaurant Week from Jan 12th to Jan 22nd at Lunch and Dinner hours. This is an 11-day celebration at participating restaurants in South Carolina. Everything from fine dining to casual dining. Each restaurant will provide special menu items.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Chautauqua Talk on Jan 17th from 7-8:30pm at the Hughes Main Library. Join an audience that loves to talk back to history led by Dr. Judith Prince whose life’s work has been inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Jukebox Heroes
    jukebox heros at centre stage in greenville sc
    starting Jan 19th at Centre Stage. Times Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm. Admission: $35, $30, $15. Runs through Feb 11th. Our Annual Hit Rock Show! It’s back, and it’s better than ever! You’ll be dancing in the aisles and humming along to the greatest singer songwriters of the past.
  • South Carolina International Auto Show on Jan 20th to Jan 22nd at the TD Convention Center. Times Fri & Sat 10am-9pm. Sun 10am-5pm. Prices: $8/adults, $5/seniors(62+), FREE kids under 12.
  • Greenville Swamp Rabbits will be playing all month. Check our link for dates/times. Game times vary. Games take place at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
  • Ice Breaker 8K
    greenville dirt series
    on Jan 21st at 9am at Conestee Park. The Greenville Dirt Series is a collection of 7 trail races over 11 months at 3 different parks crowning one champion. The races cover distances from 5k to 16k. They are designed to test running skill and display some of the most beautiful parks in the Upstate. Check link for dates/times and registration.
  • In the Company of Great Romantics Jan 28th and 29th at The Peace Center. Times Sat 8pm, Sun 3 pm. Tickets: $18-$69. Romance is in the air with Weber’s brilliant Overture to “Oberon and Schumann’s beautiful Fourth Symphony complemented by rising star Edisher Savitski’s dazzling performance.
  • Monster JamⓇ will be performing at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on: Friday, January 27, 7:00 PM Saturday, January 28, 1:00 PM & 7:00PM. The event will feature 6 trucks and drivers vying to be the Upstate S.C. champion including: Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, Bad News Travels Fast, Aftershock, Krazy Train, and Mechanical Mischief. Featured trucks may change without notice.
  • Prince Caspian at the Academy of Arts Logos Theatre through Jan 21st. Times are Tue & Thu 11:30am, Fri 7pm, Sat 2pm. Check link to website for prices. For fans of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe this is a must see!
These are just a few of the events happening in January in and around Greenville sC. Visit Greenville SC Events for a more detailed schedule. I set it up for January for you. For additional events happening in and around Greenville during the month be sure to check out our Facebook page @VictoriaCottlesCorner.

--> 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.