Monday, March 18, 2019

Just Listed - 15 Sea Oats Inlet, Mauldin, SC 29662

15 Sea Oats Inlet, Mauldin, SC 29662
15 Sea Oats Inlet, Mauldin, SC 29662
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Levels: 2
Square Feet: +/-2,321
Type: Detached Single Family
MLS # 1387771
Price: $216,400

Welcome to the desired neighborhood of Planters Row where 15 Sea Oats Inlet is situated 4 Bedrooms and 2.5 Bathrooms. The home has over 2,300 HSF in living space not to mention the Heated and Cooled garage 437 HSF (this total) is not included in the main home HSF.

The current owners have a well-maintained home and want to share with you all what they have accomplished during their ownership. Step up to the covered front porch and enter a 2-story foyer. The home features a 16x12 Formal Living Room with a bay window, 14x11 Formal Dining Room with an upgraded chandelier, then proceed into the kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances and a center island topped with a custom butcher block top, new Samsung convection oven(2018), dishwasher (2014), microwave (2015), they installed a garbage disposal(2016), new Stainless Sink(2017), and finally adorned the wall with a subway tiled backsplash(2019), the walk in pantry has custom shelving.

From the kitchen you have an unobstructed view into the great room, so no one feels left out of a conversation or the TV, there is a gas fireplace for those cool nights, bamboo flooring recently installed for easy cleaning. Let̢۪s go upstairs where the Master Suite (17x15) has a vaulted Ceiling and is large not to mention tranquil situated on the back of the home. The Master bathroom has a high vanity with dual sinks, new decorative mirrors, new toilet, tiled bathroom flooring (2018), walk-in shower & a garden tub. The Large Master Closet is decked out in California Style racks & shelving. There are three more nice sized bedrooms, the secondary bathroom also received new tile flooring and a new toilet. The sellers recently installed 4 ceiling fans in all the bedrooms with light kits. The garage (21x21) is heated and cooled it makes a great work space for those who like to tinker in the garage and there are also recessed lights not to mention the Brand-New spring and garage motor along with 2 new remotes (3/2019).


For more photos and details, click the link below.
15 Sea Oats Inlet, Mauldin, SC 29662

The interactive map below shows 15 Sea Oats Inlet but not necessarily the exact location of the home itself. Directions: 385 to Butler Road cross overs Laurens Road to West Butler Road then Left onto Ashmore Bridge Road proceed to 3rd Planters Row entrance onto Sea Oats Inlet - Home will be on the left.



Friday, March 15, 2019

New and Coming Soon

new and coming soon
Burdette Central Outdoor Space
It seems that downtown Simpsonville SC has several developments on tap that will bring more places to eat and commune this year.
  • Burdette Central Outdoor Space – at the corner of Curtis and Main Streets, new life is coming to the Burdette Building. The original building was built at the turn of the 20th century and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It will become a mixed-use development with restaurants, retail shops and office space revolving around current and new tenants. There will also be an outdoor space for community gatherings with a stage, lawn and outdoor seating. The developers, Four Oaks Property Group, chose Simpsonville due to it “excellent demographics.”
  • Sidewall Pizza – a new tenant for the Burdette Central spaces. This will be their sixth location with the same menu across all sites. With a knack for opening spots in growing communities, Sidewall Pizza is excited in working with the developers to include their brand in a growing community.
  • Kaffeine Coffee Shop and Roastery – another addition to the Burdette Central space, they bring a unique style to making coffee. They seek out “the best of the best” for their beans and do their own roasting on site. They will also serve pastries, muffins and other light fare. They became attracted to Simpsonville SC because of the community and warmth of the people living here.
  • South Main Street Plaza and Public Restroom – across from the Ice Cream Station work has begun on a public plaza and restrooms. The city is providing the funds for this project from the hospitality tax funds to provide public restrooms that can be used year-round. It should be opened in late spring.
It is a good thing to have controlled growth especially if your local base is also growing. Providing enough places to eat in a burgeoning economy will excite the locals and bring in more tax revenue from visitors who will begin to make Simpsonville SC a destination vacation instead of a pass-through.

Lawmakers in Greenville SC are hoping to push along the stalled convention center project on the Reedy River by asking for $5 million in state tax money to help with funding. The plan is to build it on the vacant land next to the Embassy Suites in RiverPlace. Cost to build the center will likely top out at $50 to $60 million but there are plans to use the facility as an art museum. The city and county would also be required to contribute funds and their will be private donations as well. It has been noted that there is a need for a convention center. The reason for the push for a new center is due to the results of a feasibility study done on the existing center. In the words of the report, “it should be mothballed.” The existing center, which was built in 1964, may still have it use for housing larger trade and convention shows such as card shows and home and garden shows. The newer downtown center would attract the higher-end business-related convention market which is seeking out interesting places across the country.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

News, News, News

news in and around greenville sc
If this is not proof that we have a strong and growing economy I am not sure what would be. InvestiNet, which is an accounts receivable firm, is going to invest $2.1 million and create 85 new jobs in downtown Greenville SC.

InvestiNet offers investigation and legal enforcement services that include risk mitigation asset investigation and performance management. They are excited to be able to expand in a place where they already have deep roots. Greenville is a great place to live, work and play. The new location will be located on Pinckney Street in downtown Greenville SC.

Livability.com has rated Greenville as the 10th best place in the U.S. to live. For the last six years, Livability.com has been ranking the 100 Best Places to Live. This year, Greenville SC was one of the two Carolinas cities to make the top ten. Raleigh, NC was number two.

Livability.com ranked more than 1,000 cities where populations ranged between 20,000 and 1,000,000 and used 40 data points that measured economics, housing, amenities, demographics, infrastructure, social and civic capital and education and health care. The article says that “Greenville is having a moment” and continues to explain that Greenville has a variety of outdoor recreation options, special niche areas and is a “major foodie city.”

Trying to eat smarter? Need to avoid over processed foods? Well here is a list you might be interested in reading. Top five restaurants in Greenville for those of you trying to avoid Gluten.
  • Basil Thai. For gluten-sensitive noodles choices consider choosing Pad Thai or even Pad See Eu with rice noodles.
  • Happy + Hale. Most of their menu is gluten free.
  • Pomegranate on Main. Delicious Persian cuisine.
  • Sidewall Pizza Company. Has perfected gluten-free pizza and does it’s best to offer allergy -sensitive diners an option.
  • Southern Pressed Juicery. Organic, plant-based restaurant that does not use gluten, dairy or refined sugar.
daylight savings time
REMINDER: Daylight Savings Time will once again be upon us on Sunday, March 10th. Remember to set your clocks ahead. With this shift forward, we are plagued by side effects such as less sleep, lower productivity and driving while sleepy according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

So how can you help combat these systems and make your transition easier?
  • Get seven hours of sleep each night before and after the time change. If you didn’t know it, the average adult should be getting between 7-8 hours of sleep a night anyway. Younger children need at least eight hours.
  • Hit the bed 5 to 20 minutes earlier two or three nights before the change.
  • Adjust the timing on other activities such as eating. Eat earlier.
  • Then the morning of March 10th, hit the outdoors early am for some sunlight and get your internal clock reset. This internal clock regulates sleep and alertness.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Just Listed - 15 Winged Bourne Court, Simpsonville, SC 29680

15 Winged Bourne Court, Simpsonville, SC 29680
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5
Levels: 1.5
Square Feet: +/-3440
Type: Detached Single Family
MLS # 1386066
Price: $348,800
Welcome to the move in ready Wellington Ranch Floor Plan in Lost River! Pull into the driveway that has been stamped and stained for an extra high-end decorative touch. There are so many great desired features! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have an open floor plan with 3 large bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms on the main level, as well as a bonus room and 4th bedroom with full bath and walk-in-closet on the second floor. Come inside through the 12 light insulated fiberglass front door with sidelights into a wide entry. Upon entering you will see the 5” Hand Scraped Engineered Hardwoods flow throughout most of the Main Area of the home that include Foyer, Powder, Great, Dining, Kitchen, Breakfast, & Morning Rooms. Each room has high visibility from all corners of the main living area, great for entertaining or just being able to be part of conversations. Large open Floor Plan with high ceilings stretch into the Great room with the Stack Stone Fireplace that features a gas starter with wood burning insert, and raised Hearth. A Floor Outlet for easy furniture layout options, 4 recessed cans that allows you lighting options not to mention a Hunter 70” Ceiling fan, recently installed.

The Kitchen countertops are adorned with Colonial White Granite with Decorative Montreux Gris 4X4 angled tile backsplash. The stainless appliances are Whirlpool, with a 5-burner gas range that has a Hood Vented Directly to the outside, Convection oven, built-in microwave and Dishwasher. In addition, there is a trash bin pull out, Princeton 42” Upper Walnut Cabinetry with Crown Molding, and custom picked 4 Pendant Lights above the oversized island that also provides extra seating and a custom Light in the Breakfast Room. Another great feature is the Sun/Morning Room just off to the left of the Great Room and extension of the Kitchen Breakfast Rooms. If you want to entertain formally there is a 15x12 dining area with picture & crown molding next to the Kitchen.

The 18x16 Master Bedroom has a tray ceiling and is your Oasis that has a 13x12 sitting room with a chandelier, plenty of places for your bed and furniture. The owners added a 52” Hunter Fan along with Curtain Rods and Curtains. The Master Bathroom has Separate Vanity Areas, Tiled Shower with new upgraded shower head & Shower seat, 40” Tile knee wall that encompasses the large Garden Tub. The Walk-in Master Closet is divided into 2 different large areas. Some other items that owners have added in this well-kept home are the Nest products (2) Thermostats, Nest Protect and Nest Hello video doorbell. No need for the expense of Blinds they have been installed. Recently installed Ceramic Tile in secondary Bathrooms and Laundry Room. Also, the owners installed a 52” Hunter Fan in one downstairs bedroom, upstairs Bedroom and Bonus Rooms. The Bonus Room also has new 5” Hand Scraped Engineered Hardwood floor. Outback of the home there is a 6’ Wood Fence, a stamped concrete covered patio with a gas fireplace, a privacy/sun shade, with a newly installed Ceiling Fan. The garage has had an epoxy coating put down, there is a garage door opener, room for storage along with 3 extra receptacles for many charging options.

The home is crowned with 30 Year Architectural Shingles and ready for the long haul to protect your home. When you live in Lost River you have access to a fantastic pool, oversized pavilion with stacked stone wood burning fireplace, tennis courts, playground and trails. Great Location convenient to Doctors, Hospitals, Shopping, Eateries, the Southside Park, Discovery Island Water Park, and Heritage Park, not to mention 385 and 1-85 for easy on/off business commutes.

For more photos and details, click the link below.
15 Winged Bourne Court, Simpsonville, SC 29680

The interactive map below shows 15 Winged Bourne Court but not necessarily the exact location of the home itself. Directions: Greenville, take I 385 South to Fairview Road, right on Harrison Bridge Road,

Then road turns into Rocky Creek Road Lost River on LT. Turn into subdivision.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Future Economic Security

If you don’t build it, they won’t come. That’s for sure.
~ DiDi Caldwell, a Greenville-based site selection expert.

South Greenville Enterprise Park
A group of three families have joined together in hopes to secure future economic security for Greenville County. They want to pool their lands and create a business park near Interstate 185. This would be a match or above Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research.

To be named “South Greenville Enterprise Park” it would be the first to be completed under the county’s just created “Business and Technology District” zoning. This zoning will limit development in the park to offices, labs, data centers and banks. A bit of warehousing and clean manufacturing will also be possible.

One big caveat will be the infrastructure. There is currently no sewer lines in that area and it could be a hard sell to get any businesses to commit without installed utilities. Because of this Greenville County has had a hard time competing with neighboring counties that already have infrastructure in place.

Some numbers:

  1. Economic development in Greenville County fell from $336 million invested and 1,800 jobs created in 2017 to $151 million invested and 1,500 jobs created in 2018.
  2. Neighboring Spartanburg County has more shovel-ready sites and infrastructure and had a boon of several major announcements in 2018: Keurig for $350 million, Grupo Antolin for $150 million and Draexlmaier for $42.7 million.


Once complete, the park would have uniform landscaping, architecture and amenities that businesses are looking for. Also, according to new county rules, the park is required to have 150 feet buffer from any residential land and 100-foot landscaped buffer. Outdoor storage will be banned, noise and odor restrictions, limited-height towers to 90 feet and dumpsters will be hidden.

The property is currently zoned for residential homes so zoning will have to be applied for and approved with the current owners in full support. Local homeowners living in the area around the proposed park are hesitant with lots of questions. As the rural nature of the area is replaced with building and growth will it truly be good for us?

Greenville SC is frequently named one of the best places to live in the U.S. and is the fourth-fastest growing city in the U.S. The key will be to maintain growth while also maintaining quality of life. Once quality of life begins to degrade, you begin to lose workers and homeowners. But it seems Greenville SC has its heart in the right place. Advance the future of the economy while honoring the things that make Greenville a “best place to live”.


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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Just Listed - 901 Plantation Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681

901 Plantation Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3.5
Levels: 2
Square Feet: +/-2871
Type: Detached Single Family
MLS # 1385743
Price: $288,800

Welcome to 901 Plantation Drive located in the desirable neighborhood of Holly Tree Plantation. Holly Tree is a subdivision that offer a lot of amenities that you can join on your own without having to pay for amenities you would never use. The home is situated on a corner lot in a cul-de-sac and has 5 Bedrooms 3.5 Bathrooms and open floor plan with a Kitchen a Chef would love to make meals in all day long. The Dining Room that make a great office too just off to the left as you enter the home. The Great Room is oversize great for gatherings to include a fire place that can be wood burning or gas large whichever you desire. The kitchen is beautiful ad provides tons of cabinet space. The home overlooks a semi private backyard with an inground pool. There is a back staircase that leads up to a 5th bedroom with its own full bathroom. So, let me tell you how well maintained this move in ready home is and why you should come and see it and make it your own. The windows were replaced with new double hung & insulated in 2006, In 2007 the Electric Fence with 2 separate loops were installed in the Front and back yards. Then the Front and Back doors were replaced. In 2008 a New garbage Disposal was put in and the Dining Room Ceiling Fan was replaced. In June 2014 the Master Bath room received updating with a new double sink vanity, tiled Shower with glass enclosure, toilet and flooring. In 2015 the following several upgraded features were completed and these included the following the ceilings were smoothed in the Kitchen and Great Room. The home received July the New Architectural Roof Shingles was installed, the Fence for Pool August 2015, then the wainscoting was installed in October 2015, The Second Bathroom had a new cultured marble vanity with sink, new light fixture and a new toilet installed. The biggest updated item was the kitchen with a complete remodel in November 2015 with all new Kraft maid cabinets with coffee highlights crown molding and rope accenting.


For more photos and details, click the link below.

The interactive map below shows 901 Plantation Drive but not necessarily the exact location of the home itself. Directions: From Greenville Take a Right onto Hwy 14 from Woodruff Rd and continue until Left into Holly Tree Country Club Plantation Drive until reaching 901 Plantation Drive on Left.


Friday, February 15, 2019

No More Potholes for Simpsonville

no more potholes for simpsonville sc
In their initiative to support cities across the U.S., Domino’s Pizza has planned to fix potholes for the City of Simpsonville. The city was granted $5,000 from Domino’s Paving for Pizza program to pave over potholes and improve city streets.

The project starts in March with the Simpsonville public works department to finish the paving in five months or less. The program began with Domino’s asking people to submit nominations for their towns for the grant. So many were submitted that Domino’s decided to expand the program to pave one community in each state.

Simpsonville was selected due to an overwhelming submission of nominations. Domino’s sends the funds, but the actual paving is done by public works department. Simpsonville is expecting to pave over 200 portholes with their grant. The grant gives Simpsonville some extra capital to buy paving materials.

On the Domino’s website you can see a map of the cities they have already reached, and the number of potholes fixed in each one. Photos are included. Since this program launched, all 50 states have submitted over 194,000 nominations.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

A 10,000 Foot View

downtown greenville sc
Let’s check in on Greenville SC and see how things are going. Some of the stats below are provided by Trulia® and can seem a bit biased based on the number of homes in each category.
  • Median Sales Price: $200,000 (Oct 24 to Jan 23) 
  • Price Per Sqft: $126 
  • Median Rent Per Month: $1,197 (Dec 24 to Jan 24) 

Market Trends in Housing

Trends in Greenville SC show a 7 percent year-over-year rise in median sales price and a zero percent drop in median rent per month. Looking back over the last year, rents did top out at around $1,300 using the summer when demand for housing usually increases due to an influx of new employees into the area.

Crime in the Greenville SC area is relatively low with only 10 incidents reported in the Greenville SC city limits. Most reported crime incidents were outside the city*. The most frequent crimes over the past year were 127 counts of theft, 18 counts of arrest, 4 counts of robbery, 4 counts of shooting and 4 counts of burglary.

Some Demographics on Your Neighbors

  • Single Residents: 38 percent 
  • Home Owners: 58 percent 
  • Median Age: 38 
  • Median Household Income: $38,649 
  • College Educated: 35 percent. 
Most of the workers (98%) in Greenville SC commute by car. Toward downtown your commute times are around 10-15 minutes. As you work your way out of downtown your commute increases to between 20 mins and 45 mins.

Great Place to Live

Even after all these stats, Greenville SC’s great amenities, our growing economy and creating balance between growth and quality of life. Livability.com has scored Greenville SC as one of their “Best Places to Live” saying it has a lot going for it. Situated in the booming Charlotte to Atlanta corridor and with some great southern charm, you can’t beat the vibe and feel of the youthful workforce and diversified economy. Reviving main street after the textile industry faltered, Greenville SC got on top quickly by diversifying the economic base.

There are also many great amenities in Greenville SC for everyone. The visitor’s bureau has worked hard to make Greenville SC a destination city rather than an interstate pass through. The city itself is rather beautiful with the planned greenspace and hiking and biking trails. There are many festivals throughout the year and lots of museums and performances in the Peace Center.

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*Data from SpotCrime.com and CrimeReports.com

Friday, February 1, 2019

Travelers Rest Prepares for Expansion

travelers rest prepares for expansion
The Travelers Rest Planning Commission has approved a new development called The Pinestone Development. It has been proposed for the former Emb-Tex plant site. The approval is conditional based on the developer complying with recommendations set forth by the TR planning commission. The approval could happen in March.

This mixed-use development could bring 250 apartment units, 100 single-family homes and 77,000 sf of space for businesses and medical to Travelers Rest.

Around 100 people filled the municipal court room in Travelers Rest for the public hearing. Some spoke in favor of the development and others voiced concerns. A feeling that fast development could ruin the “charming” atmosphere. Another voiced concerns about increased traffic.

A saving grace for the small town of Travelers Rest may be that it is not a pass-through town but rather a destination up against the border of the North Carolina Mountains. Travelers would stop in town for a brief time to rest before starting their arduous journey into the mountains. Some travelers would spend the winter waiting for the snow to melt.

In and Around Greenville SC
A new 36,000 sf facility has broken ground to replace the South Carolina Children’s Theatre in the 100 block of August Street. Construction is expected to take 15 months.

Close by is the new site of Augusta Row Townhomes that will include 27 luxury townhomes on Claussen Avenue and Thruston Street. Construction should begin sometime in February.

Another site near Augusta and Bradshaw Streets will make way for two luxury condos with other development planned for another portion of the site.

The Camperdown development has secured another tenant in business solutions firm Elliott Davis. It will relocate its corporate headquarters and anchor the new Falls Tower building. The firm joins Bank of America, AC Hotel and a luxury apartment and retail space currently under construction. Elliott Davis has over 250 employees in Greenville and is still growing.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Non-profits Reap Rewards for Volunteering

non-profits reap rewards for volunteering
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Every fall the streets of Greenville are taken over by the BB&T Fall for Greenville festival and hundreds of volunteers keep it running smoothly.

This week those non-profits who provided the volunteers were given a portion of the proceeds from the festival.

Twelve organizations received $46,500 for their efforts. The charities that shared in the proceeds are:
  • Aloft Greenville on behalf of Lucky Pup Rescue SC 
  • Boy Scout Troop 260 
  • Boy Scout Troop 266 
  • Furman University on behalf of Heller Service Corps 
  • Girl Scout Troop 1763 
  • Greenville Chinese Cultural Association 
  • Harvest Hope Food Bank 
  • Newcomers of Greater Greenville on behalf of Ronald McDonald House 
  • Red Shoe Society on behalf of Ronald McDonald House 
  • ScanSource Charitable Foundation on behalf of Safe Harbor 
  • Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing on behalf of March of Dimes 
  • Vocal Matrix Chorus 
Over the last 15 years, BB&T’s Fall for Greenville has donated over $650,000 to more than 20 non-profit organizations in Greenville. Again, this year, the festival’s grant program initiative called “Fall for Giving” will expand its community giving. Non-profits involved in culinary food, cultural diversity, family and music will get grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. Grant applications are being accepted starting January 22nd through March 1st. Interested non-profits can apply here.

Artisphere Changes
Another popular festival held in downtown Greenville SC is Artisphere. It will be the 15th year and kicks off May 10th. Construction in the area of the Peace Center’s amphitheater is making it necessary to change the layout of the festival.

This fine-tuning began last year when artists were offered double-sized booths. More than a dozen booths took advantage of the option and it pushed the festival farther into the West End.

Two changes are the Wyche Pavilion and the Peace Center’s TD Stage are not available. Local performer’s will be moved to Graham Plaza and the headliners will be on Broad Street. This year’s festival will feature 135 visual artists, of which 36 are first-timers. The festival is growing each year. More details and schedules will be coming out in the next few months. Got to www.artisphere.org for more info.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Expanding Science at Roper Mountain

expanding science at roper mountain
Rendering provided by Lee H. Skolnick Architecture and Design Partnership
Upstate residents will soon have a new place to learn about environmental stewardship and get science education. Greenville County Schools is planning to construct a $14 million facility at the Roper Mountain Science Center. This facility will provide environmental education and sustainability.

The new building will provide students and visitors an immersive education as well as the opportunity to foster exploration and stewardship of natural resources. There will be hands-on leaving and encouragement for committing to create solutions to combat human interaction with the natural environment.

Work is underway and construction will begin this spring or summer. Tentative open scheduled for fall of 2020. This new two-story building will have about 28,000 sf of interior space and located on a 5-acre parcel of land next to the Harrison Hall of Natural Sciences.

It will have flexible teaching spaces, open-concept exhibits and a lot of new amenities that they haven’t been able to provide to visitors before. Three in-depth learning classroom/labs, pledge wall and lobby are included on the top floor. And the history of Roper Mountain will be shared in a 1,200-sf orientation space with digital interactive upstate map and a habitat overview.

A 2,200 sf “Sustainable Future” museum exhibit will feature interconnected stations to highlight how decisions about energy, food, water, waste, transportation and clothing will affect our community’s future and the world. Each station will challenge students and visitors to measure their impact on the environment with graphic panels, action lists and local organization stories.

The ground floor will include a dining space with room for 200 seats and four classrooms. Also included is a 2,000-sf exhibit called “Water Story” that highlights the importance of the Greenville Watershed and the water cycle processes. This “Water Story” will include graphics and models depicting plants and animals living within the watershed environment.

The design process has included input from several Upstate businesses and organizations. Each of the museum exhibits will highlight how partner businesses and organizations work to help the environment.

Roper Mountain Science Center is also working with the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University to incorporate new learning methods and techniques into brand new lesson plans that will be made available in the new facility. Due to capacity restraints, Roper Mountain’s natural science programs focused on elementary grade children. The new facility will allow them to expand and provide lessons and labs for middle-schoolers as well as expand the elementary programs. Students served will increase another 20,000 a year.

Projections show the facility costing around $14 million to complete. Ten million will be provided by the Greenville County School District’s Long-Range Facilities Plan and Capital Improvement program. Roper mountain is planning to start a fundraising campaign to gain the additional $4 million needed.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Timing Your Purchases

timing your purchases
What, we just had Christmas and we are already talking about shopping again? Well, there are certain times of the year when it is a bargain to shop for home furnishings, appliances, mattresses, tools and other materials. Here are some guidelines.

  • Furniture: January and July. Manufacturers introduce their new inventory in February and August so your best time to shop is January and July. Retailer are making way for the new styles by having specials to clear out existing inventory. Floor samples will often be your best bet so go ahead and ask about them.
  • Storage Essentials: January and August. Retailers slash prices and offer free shipping on storage bins, baskets, shelving and organizing systems. Once in January to help you organize your Christmas gifts and keep your resolutions and again in August to sell to parents sending their graduates to college.
  • Linens and Towels: January. Started in 1878, department store “white sales” are the perfect time to renew your bedding or linen closet. Most high-quality linens will be on sale and prices smashed to move them out. If something is not available, ask about a rain check.
  • Major Appliances: January, September, October and Holidays. Once an appliance becomes last years model, the price drops drastically except refrigerators. You can buy last year’s models in September, October and January for less when stores are making room for newer models. If you want a current model, shop on black Friday or any major holiday. If you have more than one appliance to replace, holiday shopping will get you better incentives for buying multiple items.
  • Mattresses: February and May. Best times are President’s day sales and Memorial Day sales. Department stores will offer coupons and specialty chains will offer 50 percent or more off. Don’t worry about price shopping. Different manufacturers will provide discounts based on models across the board. You would be better looking for a retailer having an inventory blow-out and negotiating from there.
  • Refrigerators: May. New units come out in May, hence Memorial Day sales are the best time for fridge shopping. Most retailers will offer savings all month long, so they are overwhelmed on that weekend. Check your local ads.
  • Roofing: May. This month will give you the best price on materials. If you are paying a professional, try for a wintertime installation since prices will rise on April 1.
  • Power Tools: June and December.
  • Paint: January, May, July, November and December. As temperature drops so does the price.
  • HVAC Equipment: March, April, October and November. Best time to buy is when you don’t need a new one. Months with moderate temperatures are when you will find the lowest prices. Installers may even run promotions during these months just to pick up business. You might even negotiate better prices for free upgrades.
  • Flooring: December and January. Mid-December through January reflects a decline in most home improvement projects due to the holidays. But flooring retailers and installers want your business. Use this slow time to negotiate better prices and get a good rate on your new flooring.

Hope these guidelines help you save some money in 2019 because who doesn’t want to save money. If one of your resolutions was to budget better, then using the months above could just help you get something for your home snuck into your budget a bit faster. Happy New Year!


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